Is it a Micra, or not? Nissan's Micra has been a familiar sight on the road for decades. The Japanese car maker rolled out the Micra 35 years ago. But this one looks different.
Externally, at almost 4 meters long, the Micra looks sporty:
A black spoiler lip outlines the front skirt and dynamic beads surround elongated headlights.
Short overhangs in front and back, ... and black side moulding stress the car's length. The assymetrical taillights are real eye-catchers, artfully integrated in the body. The new Micra has a roof spoiler and a diffusor with a brake light integrated in the middle, as in a race car.
In the interior, a horde of buttons in the center console and on the steering wheel control the car's functions.
At the lower left beside the start-stop function is the button for the lane departure assist, which keeps the car from drifting over those pesky white or yellow lines. But it usually costs an additional 500 euros. The Micra comes with a choice of five different trim levels.
We're testing the variant with the 1-point-5-liter diesel engine. At 2,000 rpms, it achives a maximum torque of 220 Newtonmeters, which gives it a bit more pick-up than either of the gasoline-powered versions.
But even it needs 11-point-9 seconds to moves from zero to 100 kilometers an hour. In compensation, our version with the start-stop function is supposed to burn just 3-point-5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.
But every change has winners and losers. The loser here is the Nissan Note. The now larger Micra will be replacing its bigger brother in the future.