Nissan goes back to future to help Micra reclaim crown
THIS IS a good time to be buying a hatchback. A flurry of competitive new models are on sale with the best boasting the type of features once only seen in executive models.
The latest super hatch is Micra which is on sale now from £11,995.
This fresh design breathes new life into a model which was once regarded as one of the best hatches on the market – stylish, reliable and so robust it was a mainstay of driving schools.
Nissan failed to keep up though and Micra lost much of its appeal, but the new version is arguably the best car in its class.
Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe, said: “The revolutionary fifth-generation Micra sets new standards for European customers buying in the core B-hatchback segment.
“It delivers an agile and confident drive, and with thousands of Micras now at Nissan retailers across Europe, consumers can find out just what a revolution this car is for themselves.”
The Micra, which is built in France as part of the NissanRenault alliance, is longer, wider and lower than ever before. Nissan say it is a ‘radical progression’ from the model it replaces and it harks back to the first Micra 34 years ago.
It has a more ‘athletic’ stance and the cabin is far more upmarket than any Micra to date. It also boasts a number of Micra ‘firsts’ such as Intelligent Lane Intervention, a safety system which smoothly corrects the car back on to the right path should it be required.
It also has a Bose audio system and a wide range of personalisation options, modifying the exterior and interior with premium components in a variety of contemporary colours.
Micra is available with three engines – a 0.9-litre 90PS threecylinder downsized turbo petrol, a 1.5-litre 90PS diesel and a 1.0-litre 73PS naturally aspirated petrol.
Vivid colours also illustrate how Nissan hope it will appeal to younger drivers while not alienating older drivers who traditionally love Micras.
Micra also has the Intelligent Around View Monitor camera system, as seen on the Qashqai and Juke.
The latest Micra is arguably the best car in its class, both updating the model and recalling the original of 34 years ago.