The new Micra doesn’t make much of a first impression. Part of this is due to the expectation we all have that every new car should look radically different. Instead, Nissan has deliberately gone for a more rounded, robust look. What sticks in your mind are the attractive, high-mounted light pods and the two-part grille. The arched profile of the cabin is carried over from the Micra’s DNA, but there is a mishmash of lines at the rear especially near the rear spoiler and the tail-lights.
Step into the cabin and the oval and rounded theme abounds. You get a round speedometer, a round cluster of buttons on the central console, round vents and a round steering boss. The Micra is also pretty practical. You get a keyless entry fob that allows you to yank the door open with the key in your pocket, and the motor is fired with the help of a push button. The keyless start/ stop feature is in fact a key feature! It’s the first for a B-segment car. There’s a mini on-board computer which gives real-time fuel consumption and ‘distance-to-empty’ readouts.
The air-conditioner is standard without climate control, and alloys are replaced with bare-looking steel wheels. The beige interior and generous glass make for a very airy cabin. The interior quality is pretty good.
The Micra is powered by a 1,198 cc three-cylinder motor. The motor responds well to a jab on the accelerator and the Micra moves forward with no hesitation.