Cheap and cheer­ful

The Mi­cra is a bar­gain, and de­liv­ers, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

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.

Value

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.

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