Nissan had originally come to India with its X-Trail and remained a marginal brand for quite some time. While cars like the Teana and 370Z did manage to increase the company’s market share, their buyers have been relatively few. But launch of Nissan Micra in the popular hatchback segment has changed the story for the brand. Its only challenge is that it competes against small cars made by firmly established brands like Maruti and Hyundai.
Here’s a summary of attributes that characterise the base variant of Micra Petrol:
For external styling of Micra’s design, Nissan has purposely chosen a more rounded shape that it feels is more robust for the hatch. Design attributes that get noticed are striking, high mounted headlamp pods and the 2 part front grille. Curved window line on the sides helps to slice down some of the visual bulk of the otherwise stout and upright C pillar. At the back, a slightly bigger glass (as compared to some other hatchbacks) becomes a distinguishing feature for the Micra. It has 165/70 R14 wheels with full wheel cover but there are no alloys here.
Inside the cabin, the front seats may not feel very comfortable but it is high enough and there is adequate space all around. The headrests that were fixed in old models of Micra can now be adjusted even in the base variant. The dashboard looks funky and does complement the roundish external design of this car. The central console is dominated by a large ring with AC controls and it has a digital read-out in the centre. It may seem a little puzzling at first but you get used to it and the large buttons make it simple to operate. The cabin is practically designed, the matt finish works well and the ambience feels plush. Chrome finish door latch and built of control stalks also speak of design quality. With a capacity of about 250 litres, the boot is quite spacious. Chrome ring finish on speedometer and chrome on parking brake are other aesthetic aspects of the base variant.
Comfort and Convenience
Being a space efficient car, the Nissan Micra XL feels quite comfortable although the seats lack thigh support. Standard elements for comfort in this base variant include power steering that is rake adjustable, a tachometer, drive computer and power windows for both front and rear. You also enjoy a remote keyless entry to get inside this variant of the hatch. NVH package, assist grips in the cabin and a 12V power outlet are other features for added convenience.
Micra XL comes with an airbag though only for the driver’s side. There is a central door locking system as also a speed sensing auto door lock. Since this is the base variant, you do not get anti lock braking systems but there is an array of several indicators for safe driving. These comprise driver seat belt warning, door ajar indicator as also the warning indicators for low fuel level, headlights on, and key remove.
When it comes to performance, Nissan Micra makes a strong case for itself. It’s a simple to drive car in the city and does a fair job on the highways too. Nissan has also sculpted this hatch well to pare extra weight and cost.