2018 Nissan Micra Review - The Cheapest New Car You Can Buy
Nissan Micra - a compact car with a transverse engine and front wheel drive.
The first generation Nissan Micra was born in February 1982 as a three-door hatchback, and in 1987 came the 5-door version. The model of the second generation was first shown in January 1992, in export performance - in November of the same year. In 1993, Micra won the European Car of the Year award. In the fall of 1995, partial design changes were made. In the fall of 1997, a version with a scaffold roof with electrical installation was released. In 1998 in Geneva presented the new version of the car.
On cars installed 4-cylinder in-line gasoline engines with electronic injection system of 1.0 and 1.3 liters and a capacity of 54 and 75 liters. with. respectively; five-speed or continuously variable automatic transmission CTV. The maximum speed of 150 and 170 km / h. There is a modification with a 1.6-liter Peugeot swirl-chamber diesel engine with a capacity of 57 liters. with., the maximum speed of 146 km / h.
In 2002, the third generation of the Micra was presented at the Paris Motor Show.
Compared with the machine of the second generation, which lasted on the conveyor for 11 years and more than once became the best-selling model in the class, the current Micra has become slightly shorter (its length has decreased by 21 mm), but wider (+65 mm) and higher (+100 mm) . The wheelbase has grown by 70 mm and amounted to 2,430 mm. Thus, the reduction in the length of the car occurred not to the detriment of the cabin volume, but due to the front and rear overhangs. Narrow and short Micra can easily squeeze into a small gap between cars in traffic jams, and there will be no problems with parking. The turning radius of the machine is only 4.5 meters. True and compactness has a flip side. Short base makes itself felt on rough roads.
Micra 2002 - an international car. Its appearance was fully developed in Japan, where the car is sold under the name Nissan March, and the interior of the cabin was created in the European Design Studio Nissan. Designed for the European market, the Nissan Micra was designed at a technical center in Cranfield (UK), and is assembled at the Nissan plant in Sunderland.
Avant-garde "arc-shaped" design distinguishes Micra from the "crowd of cars". The characteristic arc-shaped bends of the front and rear bumpers are connected by a wide sideline with the effect of an incident wave passing along the entire length of the car. This, on the one hand, provides a more comfortable driver landing, on the other hand, gives a feeling of greater comfort and space inside the car. Bug-eyed front lights are the hallmark of the car and distinguish it from the mass of classmates. On the edges of the grille are protruding diffuser parking lights. The light from the taillights is similar to the reflection of gems, in which transparent round headlights of the brake light and direction indicators stand out brightly. Riding backwards in cramped conditions is even easier: there is no more than 10 cm from the edge of the rear window to the end of the car. Large windows increase visibility, make the car interior lighter, airy and open. But the side mirrors of the Nissan Micra are small. Another small secret is that when entering the tunnel there is no need to turn on the dimensions - they are constantly lit, and at night the headlights lead the hostess to the front door of the house, as she continues to light the way for another two minutes. And if she forgot to turn off the lights in the cabin, after a while the lamps go out automatically.
Despite the modest external dimensions inside the Micra has a fairly compact and at the same time spacious interior, so you can get comfortable behind the wheel for people of almost any height and build, for which, in addition to the standard set of adjustments, it is possible to change the height of the seat. The two-storey dashboard is clear and informative. And the audio control buttons located on the steering wheel help not to be distracted on the road. The on-board computer menu is simple and convenient, you can even enter particularly significant dates in it, then the car will congratulate you on your birthday or wedding anniversary. Apparently, wanting to prove to everyone that the Micra is truly a 5-seater car, interior designers managed to fit five cupholders into it: a double for the driver and front passenger are located at the base of the center console, the holder is located in the sidewall trim and one lockable shelter in the tunnel.
Everything else, the car has excellent additional opportunities for the transport of things. To begin with, under the front passenger seat is a fairly spacious compartment, where you can put anything, from the bag to the little things. In the glove compartment is a special compartment for A4 paper, which is perfect for business women. And to the left of the glove compartment hidden hook, on which you can hang a bag of groceries. Also, the machine is equipped with a mounting for an ISOFIX child seat. In this case, the rear seats can be pushed all the way to the front seats and there is no need to reach for the baby. Also pushed forward the back sofa gives an excellent opportunity to put bags there and not be afraid that during sudden braking they will fall to the floor. By the way, with such a position of the rear seat, the trunk volume increases 1.5 times (from 251 to 371 liters).
Micra has practical solutions that are important for everyday use and are designed to make it easier to use. For example, an electronic chip-key that allows you to open and close the doors of the cabin and luggage compartment, as well as start the car without inserting the key into the lock. The car determines the approach of the chip key within 80 cm from the car, after which the doors automatically open and close by simply pressing a button. To start the engine key is also not needed, it is enough that he is somewhere in the car. In addition to the chip-key system, Micra has the property of reminding you to fasten your seat belts if you have not done so. In addition to the above, the car has rain sensors, though with a heavy rain, mustache wipers do not do their job very well. Confident behavior of the car on the road provide all sorts of smart systems such as ABS, EBD and Break Assist. Since September 2003, the Micra with gasoline engines has been equipped with an ESP anti-siphon system.
All third-generation Nissan Micra engines are either redesigned or significantly improved. The car comes with three types of gasoline engines and two types of turbo diesel (dCi) with direct injection with the common rail system. Three petrol engines belong to the CR family of engines. These are 4-cylinder all-aluminum 16-valve engines with 2 overhead camshafts, equipped with a variable valve timing system (VTC). They have a volume of 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 liters with a power of 48 kW (65 hp.), 59 kW (80 hp. Pp.) And 65 kW (88 hp. Pp.), Respectively. The 1.2-liter gasoline engine for some markets also produces 48 kW (65 hp). Since April 2003, Micra has appeared in Europe with a 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine with a power of 48 kW (65 hp.), Equipped with a common rail system. In September 2003, a more powerful version of this engine came out - with intermediate cooling capacity of 60 kW (82 hp) and a torque of 185 Nm at 2000 revolutions per minute.
The standard for all engines is a five-speed manual gearbox, while the Micra with engines of 1.2 and 1.4 liters is also equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The third generation Micra has become more comfortable, quieter and more perfect thanks to the use of hydraulic engine mounts, used to reduce vibration, and a new front subframe, which absorbs noise and vibrations during movement.
A high level of safety for the driver, passengers and pedestrians includes three main components: information (information that the driver receives necessary for full control over the car), active (electronic systems ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, ESP) and passive safety (seat belts , active head restraints, front and side curtain airbags and side curtain airbags, as well as energy-absorbing materials for door trim and other interior details).
Nissan Micra won first place in its class on protection against theft in special tests conducted by the English magazine What Car ?. As part of this test, not only is the performance assessment of anti-theft systems, but also the attractiveness of the car for the car thief in general. In addition to the effectiveness of the "keyless" entry system, an important factor that influenced the assessment of specialists was the fact that the Nissan Micra is painted in unusual, bright colors. The hijackers do not like to mess with noticeable cars and, quite likely, will choose another, less bright car to hijack.
In 2010, the fourth generation Micra premiered at the Geneva Motor Show. At the heart of the car is a completely new platform. The Micra still offers a relatively spacious interior with modest exterior dimensions. Being the smallest in the model range of the Japanese manufacturer, this car is perfect for city trips. The geography of production has significantly expanded, in addition to Japan and Europe, the car is produced at factories in Thailand, India, Mexico and China.
The fourth-generation Micra is slightly larger than its predecessor in external dimensions. The baby has become only 5 mm wider and 61 mm longer than its predecessor, compensating for the increase in these dimensions by 15 mm smaller. Grown up by 20 mm and the wheelbase. But in the weight of the machine managed to lose as much as 35 kg. The design has undergone significant changes. The front of the car received almond-shaped headlamps and circular fog lights. The shoulder line falling backwards from the engine cover continues along racks A, which stretch to the middle of the roof. For this reason, a transparent panoramic roof is easily installed in expensive versions of the Micra. According to fashion trends, the front part of the car is made in the form of a monolithic part, where the bumper is combined with the grille. Door handles, huge side mirrors and anti-scratching moldings brought fresh currents to the body profile. The back got a roof spoiler and cute vertical block lamps.
Especially for the 2010 Micra, new exterior colors were developed. In addition to the traditional red, gray, black, white and silver, three individual appeared: Spring Green (green spring), Tangerine (tangerine) and Nightshade (solanaceous).
Interior decoration is made very well. The instrument cluster consists of circles and semicircles, and goes well with the well-known Nissan steering wheel with three spokes and round ventilation channels. Comfortable fit on all places, including the rear sofa. The driver's seat is height adjustable.
The choice is traditional for Nissan configuration Visia, Acenta and top Tekla, characterized, among other things, by the presence of external chrome trim or alloy wheels, inserts of light plastic in the cabin and, of course, the wealth of equipment.
However, the "base" Micra 2010 is in any case richer than its predecessor. In all versions there are air conditioning, central locking with remote control, folding driver's armrest, tilt adjustable steering wheel and electric power steering. Security systems include ABS with ESP, front and side airbags, curtain airbags and automatic door locking.
And already as an advanced urban exotic, luxury elements like the PSM system are optionally offered to help the driver determine if there is enough space in the parking lot.
The size of the trunk has increased from 251 to 265 liters. If desired, you can separately fold the rear seatbacks and increase the luggage compartment to 1130 liters.
Under the hood is a 3-cylinder 12-valve HR12DE. With a working volume of 1198 "cubes" and a compression ratio of 10.7, the all-aluminum unit produces up to 80 horsepower at 6 thousand revolutions. Maximum torque - 110 Nm. The power unit is paired with a manual 5-speed gearbox or with a CVT CVT. In the combined cycle with the MCP, the car consumes only 5 liters of gasoline per 100 km of track. The motor is one of the cleanest engines in the world and has a C02 emission level of 115 g / km. And this is a full 75% less than its predecessor. Not without reason at the stern Nissan Micra 2010 flaunts nameplate Pure Drive ("pure traffic").
At the end of March 2013 in Thailand, the presentation of the restyled version of the Nissan Micra 2014 model year was held. Among the main updates is a new platform on which, by the way, the Nissan Juke is being produced. After restyling, the car has noticeably changed in appearance. The front part of the hatchback was radically reworked - the shape of the headlights, hood, bumper and grille has changed. It has become more expressive and at the same time aligned with the corporate style of the Nissan brand. Feed received LED lights, a modified bumper and some decorative elements.
Modernization has affected not only the external image, but also the interior. Inside the model, the quality of the materials used has been improved, the available color scheme has been expanded, but the main thing is that the center console has changed noticeably, where, among other things, round ventilation nozzles have given way to rectangular. Now the driver and passengers of the Micra can use a 12-volt outlet for charging mobile devices and additional USB and AUX inputs to play information from portable players and memory keepers.
An important innovation is the 5.8-inch monitor of the navigation system, which not only helps to get to the destination point by the most economical route, but also allows you to find out the weather, report traffic jams and show the album cover of the music available in the library. The new parking system with smart sensors will report on the most suitable place for parking and skillfully adjust the actions of the driver, taking into account his driving skills.
The technical part of the car has not changed much - the modernization has affected only some electronic systems and equipment. The list of available equipment has also been expanded.
Three complete sets are offered - Visia, Acenta and Tekna. The basic equipment Visia includes: central locking with remote control, electric power steering and front windows, the EUR, 14-inch wheels, ABS, ESP, front and side airbags and side curtains.
In the Acenta configuration there are chrome trim elements painted in body color of the side mirrors and door handles, 15-inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, air conditioning, armrest between the front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, audio system with CD and Bluetooth support.
Finally, in the maximum configuration Tekna installed air conditioning with automatic adjustment, parking sensors, multimedia system and navigation NissanConnect. There are also fog lights, light and rain sensors, power folding side mirrors, seat trim suede. For a surcharge in this version will offer 16-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, chip key and improved trim.
The driving force in the 2014 model year Nissan Micra is two engines. The first 3-cylinder gasoline engine of 1.2 liters capacity of 80 horsepower. The second engine of the same volume, but already diesel and 98 hp Motors are standardly docked with a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it is possible to install a continuously variable CVT transmission.