Cheap and cheerful
The Micra is a bargain, and delivers, writes Paul Gover
BUYING cheap doesn’t have to mean buying nasty this year. Nissan proves it with the all-new Micra, which starts at $12,990. Yes, the new baby has only three cylinders for 1.2 litres of motivation, is built in Thailand, not Japan, and the cabin is heavy on cheap plastics.
But the Micra is a fun drive, has five doors, is well equipped and is fantastic value.
You can pay a lot more for a Micra, picking a 1.5-litre engine and a Ti pack, to take it way into tough country near the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and Mazda2.
But the base car is the best choice and the one that is going to deliver a great result for Nissan Australia and — far more importantly — Australia’s bargain buyers.
THERE are three Micra models: The basic 1.2-litre three-cylinder ST, from $12,990; the 1.5-litre ST-L, from $14,990; and the ‘‘luxury’’ 1.5 Ti, with such tricks as automatic airconditioning and push-button start to reversing
Hey babe: The Micra is sure to be a winner for Nissan in Australia.