With slicker styling, a much-improved interior, more equipment and better value for money, Nissan’s heavily revised fourth generation Micra will be launched in South Africa in September 2017. As before, it is impressively space efficient and offers the 1.2-litre petrol engine. It may be sensible rather than sporty, but this very affordable contender delivers in exactly the areas a small car should.
The Micra, Nissan thinks, should be small, easy to drive and very affordable, both to buy and to run. This improved version ticks all those boxes and is in some ways a very refreshing change. This model takes a simplified approach to appeal to buyers in more than 160 countries but still intentionally compact, yet deceptively practical. It’s affordable, melodious, efficient, perky and is rather economically with its fuel. You can’t ask much more from an engine than that.
For all its attributes though, this Nissan will probably continue to sell to the same core market that’s always liked the thought of a small hatchback.
Thanks to a bit more style to emphasise the substance in this design, it really appeals to people looking for a bit more from a supermini but buyers still sticking with a very sensible set of priorities. Backseat comfort backs up the numbers; there is no way such a small car should provide this kind of comfort back there, but it does full stop.