Nissan Micra, a compact hatchback, has won our heart with its cool looks and an above-average performance on the road. Here we will like to share with you some of the good things that we liked about this car and some irritants, which if resolved will make this car one of the best hatchbacks in this price segment.
Whenever we evaluate a car, the first thing that we look at is the overall look of the car and then its performance on the road. From our extensive test, we find that this chubby looking car is ideal for the Indian conditions. Its compact size and the small turning radius is perfect for navigating through heavy traffic. This cute looking car has a small engine grill with a chrome V-shaped design embedded in it. The headlamp cluster flanking this grill is quite big compared to the overall size of the car, but it does not affect the looks of the car in a negative way. The rear end of the car looks a bit bulgy, especially at the bottom part, as the rear bumper seems to stick out a bit. Anyone looking this car for the first time will have a positive impression about it.
Nissan Micra is a compact hatchback, so do not expect acres of space in the passenger cabin to stretch your legs. However, in spite of its smaller dimensions, you will not feel claustrophobic when you sit in this car (either at the front or at the rear), thanks to the big windows that give it an airy look. This car comes with some very useful features like, the keyless go, which will be of great help if you have your hands full and want to open the door of the car. The overall quality of furnishing, though not exceptional, can be termed as above average. However, there are certain niggles, which can mar the riding experience in this compact hatchback. Some of these include lack of thigh support for the riders who are sitting in the back, the absence of controls on the steering wheel and average noise insulation inside the passenger cabin.
If this cute little beauty has won your heart, then you can own it, with either a petrol motor or a diesel mill. The diesel trim is propelled by a 1.5 L engine that can generate a power of 63.12 bhp, which results in a torque of 160 Nm. The petrol trim, on the other hand, is blessed with a 1.2 L engine that has the ability to generate a maximum power of 75.94 bhp, which results in a torque of 104 Nm. Both these trims come with five-speed manual transmission box (AMT transmission box is available in the upper-end petrol trim), which does a decent job.
Nissan Micra falls in the entry hatchback segment and has a price range of Rs. 6.19 lakhs to Rs. 7.91 lakhs (approximate). If you want to make a comparison with its nearest rivals before you make your final choice, then you should look at Hyundai Grand i10, TATA Bolt, and Hyundai Elite i20.