IN MZANSI the B hatchback segment represents about 16% of the passenger vehicle market, therefore it is only natural then that Nissan would want to take the fight to its rivals with its own premium hatch in the form of Micra.
We took it for a test to probe if the fight with its rivals would stand a chance- and it did with aplomb! The only snag- its rivals as the B market grows.
Loved the sporty orange interior, coupled with leather seats and its understanding of its professional target market –fitted with the Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity as well as Satnav.
A single engine option is available – 0.9-litre (898cc) three-cylinder petrol capable of 66kW/140Nm mated to a five-speed manual. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.1-litres/100km with emissions of 115g/km.
The Nissan Micra re-invented torque stands at 140Nm and maximum power 66kW.
The engine is responsive despite its low-capacity and its steering light and accuracy.
Micra offers a great balance between an agile city car and practical hatchback. But the honors is upon you- whether you take it as a City car or not- its appeal is across the market.
The boot has a generous 300 litres which can be increased to 1 004 litres when the 60:40 split rear seats are folded down.
It’s also quite practical as there plenty of storage options throughout the car. Large items can be placed along the centre console which provides a handy spot for a cellphone and includes ambient lighting with USB sockets.
The Micra is fitted with six airbags and has seat belt warnings and seat belt height-adjustment for the front and rear.
Isofix child seats are standard, including in the front passenger seat.
In terms of driver-assists, it has Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-locking Braking System, Electronic Brake force Distribution and Hill Start Assist.
The question on many is whether it was worthy of a contestant as 2019 South African Car of the Year finalists? You be the Judge…
For warranties call 0800 NISSAN (647726)
It retails from R289 600
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Image SLM (The cutest city car Nissan Micra).