Micra XL had been the base variant in diesel category for quite sometime till Nissan launched the XE in early September 2013. So the XL is now the lower mid segment variant and is followed by XL Optional (O), XV and XV Premium respectively.
This diesel hatch has to compete against the likes of Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20, VW Polo, and Fiat Punto among others.
Let’s see what do the features of Micra Diesel XL say about this car:
The prominent high mounted headlamps jutting into the cabin and the two part front grille are the features that catch attention. Micra XE is the new base variant now and so you do get some extra features in the more expensive XL. Body coloured - bumpers, ORVMs and outside door handles add to its styling. The radiator grille has a nice chrome finish. Micra XL diesel also gets LED combination tail-lights.
The interiors of Micra XL feel plusher than the XE with chrome on parking brake, speedometer rings and internal door handles. AC controls on large ring of central console look smart and its big buttons make it simpler to operate the system. There are 3 cup holders and 2 bottle holders for added utility. Basic design structure for XL’s interiors may be the same as that for XE but it is that little extra work on aesthetics which gives it the feel of a mid segment model.
Comfort and Convenience
Nissan Micra XL’s interiors feel sufficiently spacious although the seats lack some thigh support. Basic comfort features in this variant of the diesel hatch comprise power steering that is rake adjustable, power windows for both front & rear as also a tachometer and drive computer. You also get the convenience of remote keyless entry to the car. Additionally, it comes equipped with NVH package, assist grips in the cabin and a 12V power outlet.
With regards to safety, like its other siblings, Micra XL too gets an airbag for the driver’s side. It also brings in a central door locking system along with a speed sensing auto door lock. ABS, EBD and Brake Assist have not been offered in this variant. However, with several indicators on its instrument panel, it can remind you of seat belts, an improperly closed door, low fuel levels, switched on headlights and key remove.
Micra diesel gives a fuel efficiency of 14.6 km / litre on city roads and delivers (as per Nissan’s claims) 23 kms/ litre on the highway. If you simply need a compact, easy to drive hatchback for daily commuting in the city, this one is a fairly good option.