List of Pros
- Smooth engine operation.
- Low fuel consumption.
- Spacious interior and trunk as for its class.
List of Cons
- A quite ordinary interior and exterior design.
- Backseats aren’t comfortable for tall passengers.
- Not an option for poor road conditions.
Nissan Micra Overview
Nissan Micra is a compact hatchback that has been produced since 1982. Some admit that Nissan Micra IV presented in 2010 is a bit experimental model, but it is certainly an interesting one. Available in six modifications, equipped with enjoyable tech features, and looking neat, the 4th generation of Micra rarely appears on Nigerian roads. If you consider buying one, you might get an exclusive and a really cool car. So what makes it stand out?
A V-shaped radiator grille with the Nissan logo behind the glass, elegant narrow headlights, an expressive sideline, and distinctive rear lights make a pleasant impression and look more mature. The fourth-generation model has grown by 17.4 cm and become 3990 cm long. The wheelbase has also increased by 7.5 cm, and the width by 7.7 cm. Rear door handles of the five-door are hidden in the rear pillars. Back design is closer to a compact class car than a small class car.
A modern cockpit that comes in several colors and decor versions is an interesting design solution. A steering wheel has become more adjustable with its depth controlled. A driver sits in front of a modern dashboard, the colors and decor of which, as well as the body color, can be changed.
Technology & performance
Nissan Micra comes in six trim lines and with three engine types. You can get one of the following power units under the hood:
- Three-cylinder 1-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 73 hp and five-speed manual transmission. Average fuel consumption is 4,6-4,9 liters per 100 km. The car accelerates to 100 kmph in 15.1 seconds.
- Three-cylinder 0.9-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 90 hp and five-speed manual transmission. Average fuel consumption is 4,4-4,6 liters per 100 km. The car accelerates to 100 kmph in 12.1 seconds.
- Four-cylinder 1.5-liter diesel engine with 90 hp and five-speed manual transmission. Average fuel consumption is 3,2-3,5 liters per 100 km. The car accelerates to 100 kmph in 11.9 seconds.
The height of the driver’s seat is easily adjustable. The space in the rear of the cabin is quite enough for passengers who aren’t tall. Keep in mind that this is Nissan’s smallest vehicle – it was initially planned like this.
Climate Control System
A climate control system is included in the basic trim so you won’t need to pay extra for feeling comfortable during the hottest Nigerian days.
An infotainment system with an eight-inch touch screen controls a satellite navigation system and connects it to the Apple CarPlay system. In addition to a wide range of default settings, Micra offers a decent collection of auxiliary systems that make driving and maneuvering easier. There is also good news for music lovers: you can get an impressive audio system with speakers in the headrests for some extra fee.
Storage and Space
A luggage compartment with a volume of 300 liters is much larger than in previous models. When you fold a rear seat in 60:40 ratio, a step is formed. The all-round visibility isn’t bad, the rear pillar is quite wide.
Most often, Nissan Micra is criticized for the lack of space on the back – it is not sufficient for a tall person, and it doesn’t let an average passenger feel convenient during long rides. One thing reviewers forget is that they are dealing with a small-class car – it is not meant for long off-road drives and admiring spacious interiors! So focus on steerability and driver’s comfort first.
While a driver and a passenger in the front get very comfortable seats and have a lot of freedom to move, the rear row of seats is narrow, which is not surprising for a compact car. Children and people who aren’t tall, however, wouldn’t have any problems.
The technical base of the new Micra is the same used for the previous model, but it feels like this part has been through intensive therapy: it has become smart, lively, and flexible. Micra accelerates better than before, but it can’t ride smoothly on high speed. Still, the car demonstrates what we can call “wow stability on the road.” The Active Ride Control system smoothes out extreme elevations and troughs. The Trace Control system helps to deal with turns and corners at high-speed.
Eye-catching interior finishing has got many positive reviews. Materials used for interior lining aren’t special, but they are soft, pleasant to the touch, and quite durable. Speaking about the assembly work, everything is just right on its place, firmly fixed and performing its function.
Safety & Reliability
Besides safety bags, there are several tools and systems that help to prevent any accidents. For example, a 360-degree camera shows the surroundings, and radar assisted pedestrian recognition system protects against collisions. The auxiliary track retention system brakes gently at the exit from the road and returns the vehicle back to the track. When overtaking, the system for warning objects in dead zones is very helpful.
Should I Buy the Nissan Micra?
Thanks to the neat design, decent interior quality, and good equipment, Nissan Micra is again becoming a serious competitor for many vehicles in its class. Minor flaws in decoration and driving performance are counterweighted by the infotainment system, driver’s comfort, and ergonomics. This is not the best car you can find today but certainly a quite appropriate urban vehicle worth considering for driving in Nigerian cities.
How Much Does the Nissan Micra Cost?
The latest Nissan Micra isn’t the most popular model in Nigeria, so it might be difficult for you to find one. Other vehicles of this line, however, are always available on Jiji. The prices start from N360,000 for old 2000s cars and reach about 1,300,000 for the recent models.