Nissan has given its Micra an update and its a much needed one though changes are not drastic and mostly related to the interiors. In terms of features you have auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers while the interiors along with a piano black finish get a dash of orange accents on the seats, dashboard and arm rest.
The car also has a new 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth as standard. Other than that the interiors are same except for the new look steering wheel. The interiors overall are spacious and the design is much improved now but features like a touchscreen are missed.
In terms of engines there is the same 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel. The petrol only comes with an X-Tronic CVT Automatic transmission while the diesel has a five-speed manual only. Fuel economy figures for the diesel variant is rated at 23.08 kmpl while the X-Tronic CVT Automatic variant returns 19.34 kmpl.
Do remember the Micra Active, which has petrol manual transmission, also underwent changes with a new bumper and new steering wheel with Bluetooth and audio controls. The petrol CVT remains the most affordable CVT equipped car and decent value with a Rs 5.99 lakh starting price while the diesel starts at Rs 6.6 lakh. The CVT model is actually cheaper than some other automatic cars and even more so than its direct rivals. If you are in the market for an automatic hatch give this one a look.
Words- Sunil Kumar Photos- Rajeev Bhendwal