The Nissan Micra dCI is offered in two trims: the XV and XV Premium. The top-end model gets a start-stop button, automatic climate control, rear wiper, and 15-inch alloy wheels. However, ABS or passenger airbag is not offered even as an option. At Rs 5.58 lakhs for the XV version and Rs 6.04 lakhs for the XV Premium (prices ex-showroom, Delhi), the Micra may appear to be on the pricier side but that’s a small premium you’d pay for a car that stands out in the crowd, is fun and frugal to drive, and sports a modest but smart feature list. Read our full Nissan Micra diesel road test.
From outside, the diesel Micra looks identical to the petrol model with the split grille and bug-eyed headlamps giving it a Porsche 911 Carrera-like appearance.
The Nissan Micra has a very retro-looking profile. At 3,780 mm, Nissan Micra is smaller than most other cars in its segment, including the Volkswagen Polo, but bigger than the Swift. It also has more headroom.
Photo: The Nissan Micra diesel felt stable at high speeds during our road tests. The 175/60 R15 tyres hold the road very well, though there is a fair bit of body roll in the corners.
Photo: The rear of the Nissan Micra has a Mini Cooper resemblance. The XV diesel version gets an additional spoiler at the rear. Ground clearance is more than adequate for the car.
Photo: Nissan has effectively used the space inside the Micra. The boot capacity is 251 litres and can easily handle a couple of medium sized suitcases for a weekend trip. The rear seat has adequate legroom and headroom, but shoulder room is a squeeze when there are three people seated. The driver’s legroom is adequate and there is a dead pedal, but pedal placement is quite close together. Nissan has provided cupholders and a power point in the floor console in front.
Photo: The Nissan Micra XV Premium diesel comes standard with a driver’s airbag. However, ABS or passenger airbag is not offered even as an option. The leather-wrapped electronic power steering is precise and easy to grip.
Photo: The Nissan Micra’s instrument panel gets bright orange backlighting, which looks funky, especially in the dark. The drive computer displays useful data such as instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and cruising range.
Photo: The centre console of the Nissan Micra is laid out in a unique, circular pattern to match the Micra’s overall round interior styling, which Nissan calls the Twin Bubble design, giving passengers a “protected feeling.”
Photo: The XV Premium Nissan Micra comes with automatic climate control, with the controls arranged in a circular fashion and takes some getting used to.
Photo: The music system plays MP3 and has an aux-in port, and audio quality is pretty average. Nissan has provided four speakers in the Micra.
Photo: The bonnet release and fuel cap release levers are both cable operated in the Nissan Micra.
Photo: The Nissan Micra XV gets auto-folding and electrically adjustable mirrors, with the control located on the console to the right of the steering wheel. Auto-folding mirrors are a first in this category.
Photo: The most unique feature of the top end variants of the Nissan Micra is the start/stop button ignition system and keyless entry. You just need to keep the key in your pocket and approach the car, press a small button on the door handle and the car unlocks and then get in and press the start/stop button to turn on the ignition. If you do not depress the clutch while pressing this button, only the ignition comes on and the car does not start.
Photo: The Nissan Micra diesel is powered by a 1.5-litre, CRDi engine that’s there in the Mahindra Logan as well (thanks to the Renault partnership). The engine puts out 63 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and torque of 16.3 kgm at 2,000 rpm and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. At an overall 20 kmpl during the course of our road test, the Micra dCI’s fuel consumption was not too far off the official claim of 23.06 kmpl (figures approved by ARAI).