Peter Hitchener road tests and reviews the 2015 Nissan Micra.
A bargain is always welcome. It’s good to find just what you need, and not have to pay over the odds for it.
Yet you don’t want it to look as though you are down on your luck and scratching for every cent. So good quality at the right price seems to be the goal.
The entry-level 2015 Nissan Micra might not be the cheapest or the most fuel-frugal in its class, but when you add in the pleasure of driving it, along with some nice features as standard, then it can certainly claim to be a bargain.
A good looking one at that. All things considered, the Nissan Micra is a small car that offers a good drive in a good looking package and at a pretty good price.
The outgoing Micra, with its circular headlights, looked…well…a bit unusual. The thin rectangular grills under those round headlights looked to me as though the car’s eyes and eyebrows had been put on upside down, giving it an oddly quizzical yet strangely endearing face.
Styling of the new model is much conventional and nicely proportioned. I liked the refreshed face and rear design, and once inside the cabin was surprised at how roomy it was. Nicely thought out, with many features going for it: power windows, USB input, cruise control and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The phone paired in seconds, and the instruments are within easy reach. Audio and phone controls are on the steering wheel as are the cruise control settings.
The seats are comfortable, the trims look pretty good, and you’re in a high-riding position, hence the relative space in the cabin. Storage space in the boot is certainly not cavernous, you will fit the usual luggage, but I wasn’t game to try stowing my golf clubs!
The engine is the same as before, a three cylinder, 1.2 litre petrol power plant producing 56kW and 104Nm of torque. The drive is great fun, manual transmission and gear changes are smooth and slick, and the handling is enjoyable.
On the freeway the 2015 Nissan Micra quickly reached 100 km/h, comfortably cruising at the speed limit, while around town it’s hard to beat. The compact footprint makes it easy to park in tight spaces, and visibility is good.
There are so many things to consider when purchasing any car. Whether it’s a first car, a city runabout, or you’re simply downsizing, safety, reliability, fuel consumption and so on will influence your decision.
There may be cheaper small cars on the market, and more fuel efficient too…but for an engaging overall package that’s easy to live with, the 2015 Nissan Micra deserves a look.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Nissan Micra
Engine: 1.2 litre three-cylinder producing 56kW and 104Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic
Safety: Four stars
Price: From $13,490