All New Nissan Micra
27 September 2018
Exactly one week ago, the all New Nissan Micra swiftly arrived for my driving pleasure and experience. Today, we dearly departed as our time was limited but our newly found relationship remains stronger than ever until we meet again.
Cars. What exactly do I know about cars…. not much accept that it must be pretty, move well (read fast), a hosting entertainment system and must definitely turn heads on the road. Oh and boot space because we are always on the go. The all-new Nissa Micra comes with ALL of that and all the extras that would set you back a couple of thousands. The car comfortably boasts some of the following key features:
An entertainment and information adventure with every ride. Stay connected via Bluetooth, USB or my personal favourite Apple CarPlay® – I will tell you more about this in a bit. This is all compacted in a sleek, but easy 7″ colour touch-screen that gives you full integration with compatible smartphones.
Keep in control with key driving info displayed in real time, from your speed and acceleration to fuel economy, tire pressure, and safety aids.
My ultimate favourite feature. I discovered this as I plugged my iPhone in and a little round button appeared and I clicked. My basic functions were on the display audio… word! Just plug in to map your route, make a call, send and receive messages and access your favourite music and apps, without taking your eyes off the road. Available on Acenta models. *CarPlay connectivity provided via USB cable only
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) continuously monitors your steering and braking and compensates for oversteer or understeer by reducing engine speed and/or applying the brake pressure to specific wheels.
Whether you are like me and practically live in your car or a stylish couple taking a road trip over the next two weeks, the smartly engineered storage space offers you a surprisingly spacious boot with capacity for 300L. You can also create a maximum cargo space with the rear seats down. A lowered seating position for driver and front passenger mean there’s exceptional headroom for us giants. Multiple cup holders for those who simply cannot decide between a latte and frappucino so we got both! Room for all your papers, chargers, and other personal items. The 10L glove box even fits a 2L bottle!
Alright, onto the performance. Our foxy red Micra will definitely outperform your expectations. Smooth power steering assistant, easy climb up those hills – practically no stalling. Balance. Say it with me… BALANCE. Incredible balance when speeding up and turning corners. The all-new Micra also had an auto light option which makes life a little easier for days when you forget to switch the lights on or off – brightness adjuster too. Cruise control for those long distances and keeping you within the speed limits.
Variations: 66KW TURBO VISIA
66KW TURBO ACENTA
66KW TURBO ACENTA PLUS
Price: Starting Price at R257 400
As a non-car feature writer or enthusiast, I have no complaints, issues or anything I would suggest with regard to the new Micra. It honestly exceeded all my expectations, had all the functions and more than I would require in a car. It looks and feels great from the outside to the detailed interior decor and it is reasonably priced for all the features it hosts. The upgrade from the previous model is astonishing. After only a week of driving the new Micra, I became attached and really made myself at home – making it very hard to let go. We recommend a test drive if you’re in the market for an all-rounder car that is fuel efficient and turns heads.