The Nissan Micra made its title by providing inexpensive high quality; a dependable, well-made supermini that was low cost to run. It has been nudged barely upmarket with this newest era, however you’ll be able to nonetheless get again to its roots with the entry-level model, powered by a usually aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine.
It won’t shock you to study that the uncooked stats on this Micra are moderately modest. The 1.Zero-litre motor produces simply 70bhp and 95Nm of torque, sufficient for a Zero-62mph time of (look forward to it – and you’ll) 16.9 seconds. Fast it’s not.
However it’s environment friendly. Nissan claims official mixed gasoline economic system of 61.4mpg, and CO2 emissions of 103g/km – so this model of the Micra might effectively find yourself on a couple of small automobile fleets as firms attempt to minimise their tax hit. It’s a step behind the extra highly effective Zero.9-litre engine on this regard, although, as a result of the turbocharged motor dips under the 100g/km threshold.
The 1.Zero needs to be widespread with personal consumers too, thoughts, as a result of on paper at the least, it’s the most inexpensive manner into the present Micra vary. This engine is accessible in Visia, Visia+ and Acenta trim ranges, and the most affordable of these will begin at simply £11,995 – together with Group 1E insurance coverage, giving it actual attraction on operating prices.
Even if you happen to resolve you’ll be able to’t dwell with out commonplace package as simply as you’ll be able to dwell with out drag-strip efficiency, the Acenta model we’re testing right here will value you £14,145. Put down a 10 per cent deposit and also you’ll be round £180 a month over three years, based mostly on 10,000 miles per 12 months. That’s a substantial saving on the comparable 69bhp Fiesta, which the Acenta additionally trumps on spec.
On the highway, the Micra has loads of advantage as a spacious metropolis automotive. With no turbocharger, there’s a purity and linearity to the engine’s energy supply. So whereas nothing occurs significantly shortly, it’s a pleasant sufficient factor to ease round city streets. The five-speed gearbox helps right here too; it’s a delightful unit to make use of, with a exact shift motion.
There’s nearly sufficient shove low down within the engine vary so that you can change up at round three,000rpm, which is useful as a result of that’s the purpose the place the three-cylinder thrum turns into most noticeable. Keep beneath that time and it’s extra of a grumble than a roar; undeniably a three-pot noise, however a way off being actually intrusive.
The trip is agency, at the least it was on the 16-inch wheels of the Acenta version (Visia fashions get 15-inchers) we tried. However there’s sufficient compliance so that you can shimmy your manner over all however the worst of city potholes with none huge thumps reaching the cabin. The steering is devoid of really feel, frankly, however it’s constantly weighted, making the Micra straightforward to manoeuvre in metropolis streets.
This all sounds constructive sufficient, however the 70bhp Micra begins to stumble whenever you ask it to increase itself to the total gamut of supermini duties. Even and not using a single additional passenger, this Micra isn’t significantly comfortable past 50mph; acceleration feels relaxed at greatest and also you’d must study fairly shortly that overtaking in all however the clearest of situations isn’t a activity to be undertaken evenly. As if to mirror the truth that this isn’t a automotive for lengthy, lolloping cruising, there’s no footrest to the left of the clutch pedal.
The remainder of the Micra package deal is unchanged. Meaning first rate quantity of room up entrance, however sub-optimal quantities of headroom for tall adults within the rear. The 300-litre boot is par for the course, that means it provides a helpful benefit over metropolis vehicles and sufficient for a big weekly store, or a small buggy.
The inside end on the Acenta is a mixture of surprisingly plush and reassuringly sturdy. It’s mainly positive, however you don’t need to look too onerous to see the place the pennies have been saved. Normal package on our automotive consists of cruise management, a digital data show between the instrument dials and air-con.
It additionally brings a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay to assist negate the truth that there’s no built-in navigation. However it’s disappointing that Android Auto isn’t provided as effectively, provided that system’s bigger share of the smartphone market. We’re instructed it’s within the pipeline, however till it arrives, this continues to be a black mark towards the Micra on infotainment.