The Nissan Micra bids to shed its budget tag with a major revamp

The Nissan Micra has been given a substantial interior makeover as part of a series of mid-life changes designed to shake off the supermini’s budget car tag.

Nissan describes the changes as “comprehensive”, going “deeper than a mere makeover”. As well as an overhauled interior, there are new looks for the front and rear ends and glut of new technology and entertainment options to help lift the Micra from the budget end of the supermini sector and towards the likes of Ford’s Fiesta.

Inside, there is a new centre console with a larger, 5.8-inch touchscreen that features the latest NissanConnect infotainment system, complete with Google search technology. 

New trim, higher-quality fabrics and more textured plastics have been added inside the Micra to further enhance its visual appeal.

The exterior changes include a different front end, with a new grille, bonnet, bumper, headlights and foglight surrounds. At the rear, there are new LED lights, revised tailgate trim and a redesigned bumper. 

Options include a panoramic glass roof, a park assist system, new alloy wheel designs and more exterior colour choices. Standard specifications of entry-level Visia, mid-range Acenta and top-spec Tekna versions have also been improved. 

Entry-level Visia models get remote central locking, electric front windows, power steering, a CD player with auxiliary and USB connections, multiple airbags and ABS and ESP.

Mid-range Acenta models benefit from 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic wipers and lights and minor cosmetic upgrades.

Range-topping Tekna versions expand on the Acenta's specification with climate control, parking sensors, park assist, 16-inch alloy wheels, 'suede-like' seat fabric, folding door mirrors, keyless start and the 'NissanConnect' sat-nav and media system.

Nissan has also allowed for a modicum of personalisation, on Acenta trim models and upwards. Owners can specify the colour of the wheel centre caps and door mirrors, as well as customising the gear knob, air vents, gear-stick surround and floor mats. 

The current engine line-up continues unchanged and includes the entry-level 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and the 1.2-litre supercharged petrol DIG-S, which is capable of a claimed 68.9mpg and emissions of 95g/km of CO2. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard while a CVT transmission is optional. 

The revised Micra is set to go on sale in the UK in September with a nominal price increase over the pre-facelifted model

Our Verdict

Nissan Micra
Its ambition is to be a world player, so will it show world-class ability?

The Nissan Micra is a supermini offering low running costs but in most other areas is below the class average

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3 June 2013

Who signed off on this mess? ...

The front end is about as cohesive a blend of curves and straight lines as on the Toyota Yaris ... And someone forgot to replace the round air vents at the ends of the dashboard when they replaced the central unit (with its square ones!) ...

All that was wrong with the current Micra was that it was rather generic (it is a "World Car" now after all) and cheaply finished; the latter could simply have been addressed with some better quality materials ...

3 June 2013

Gordon Brown, every time he took a gulp of air after finishing a sentence!

3 June 2013

I  usually wouldn't write to criticise a design, but this really is a mess of ideas. Shame, as for some odd reason I've always had a soft spot for this little car, perhaps because I learnt to drive in one many moons ago. This new Micra does nothing to push design forward or please its main target audience. It's neither cute, or smart, but devoid of any positive attribute. Just my take on it. Others may think different. 

3 June 2013

From what I've heard of the latest Micra, Nissan need to work on the reliability rather than the facelifts.

3 June 2013

In its favour this is less of a mess than the previous incarnation when, with hindsight, they were sickening for the Juke. That was replaced by the present blandness which has now been tarted up as we see. A couple of generations ago the Micra was quite cute. Now it is without any sort of personality.

3 June 2013

I honestly cannot see the appeal of this or any other Nissan Micra.  I would pick almost every other small car in this class before even contemplating this.  In fact, I would go as far as to say I would sooner get the bus. 

 

Then again, I am not exactly the target demographic for this car.  I haven't got a blue rinse hairdo for starters

3 June 2013

Fiesta anyone?,or Ford Ka?

Peter Cavellini.

3 June 2013

i want to find the guy who invented CVT' transmissions and smack him

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3 June 2013

Are they Toyota Aygo headlights? I actually think it looks better but as said by another, I would take all most any other smal car over this. 

Its cut down to such a budget, it's embarassing to compare against the likes of the Fiesta, C3, Corsa etc.

I was hoping for a lot out of this car, especially when supercharged engines were announced. I thought we were going to get a Super March again.

Really is just one for the blue rinse brigade, but are they going to like this new front end??

3 June 2013

Aygo lights, Qashqai grill and a nod to the Juke's chunky styling, still looks a mess but it's better than it was. Maybe they should ask Ford what a 'World Car' is.

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