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Spot on – Bang on – Sorted – Dope - Right on the Money – Bullseye – and any other superlatives you care to annunciate – Nissan’s all-new 2017 Micra ticks all the boxes.
And I have not even driven it yet. This new B-segment combatant is an absolute delight for the eyes and unquestionably will put sex on the street for Nissan. It manifestation also replaces the Nissan Note and it goes on sale this April, so prepare yourself for the question, “Have you seen the new Micra?”
Make: Nissan, Model: Micra, Format: 5-door hatchback, Grades: XE, SV, SV Premium and SVE, Engine: 3-cylinder Petrol, 0.9 turbo, 1-litre non-turbo, and 1.5 litre turbo-diesel, Power: 75, 90, & 90bhp, Torque 95, 140 & 220Nm, Transmission: 6-Speed manual, CO2 rating: 0.9 turbo = 99g/km, Tax Band: A2, Annual Road Tax: €180 per annum, Pricing: From €16,650 for the 1.0-litre petrol XE – €22,650 gets you the SVE 1.5 litre diesel.
B-segment competitors include Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, VW Polo, Skoda Fabia, Toyota Yaris, Citroen C3, Honda Jazz, Peugeot 208, Dacia Sandero, Alfa Romeo Mito, SEAT Ibiza, Hyundai i20.
Now in its fifth generation, the first one hit European roads in 1983, this latest Micra demolishes the stereotype of all that has gone before. Forget the badge, this is a delightful design expression that will appeal to anyone with a pulse and comes with a range of personalisation that allows new owners to further enhance the delicious ‘blank canvas’ already provided.
Externally, every bodyline on the 2017 Micra takes your eyes on a wonderful journey. Normally us motoring journalists would wax eloquent on the offerings form Italian design houses. Here with the Micra, I commend Nissan designers on the audacity of their charge. The line from the taillights to the front V-shaped grill is audaciously good, complimented by the location and design of the head lights, the front fog lights, the covert rear door handles and the rear spoiler sitting aft of the floating roof.
The 2017 Micra will be available with a wide range of personalisation options, allowing for modifications to the exterior that include 17” alloys for €1,000 and the interior from €400, all without making the Micra look garish or taking away from its basic good looks.
This all-new Micra sits a whisker less than four metres in length, 1,444mm in height and at 1,743mm is just one inch less wide than the very accommodating Nissan Pulsar. Given that this is a city car, its external dimensions allow for decent accommodation for two adults up front and three children in the rear, with 300 litres of boot space. Those in the realm of six feet will find the rear roof space a tad snug due to its sloping design – fashion has a price.
The cockpit and cabin of the new Micra are also commendable, especially with its two-tone soft-touch materials, which are standard across the range. The SVE model at the Press launch was very attractive, with the large touchscreen in the centre console and drivers console combining to nigh on contradict the badge once more.
The new Nissan Micra is all 'teched–up', with a number of ‘in-control’ features, which include Intelligent Lane Intervention, a safety system which gently corrects the Micra back on to the right path should it be required.
Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor camera system – as seen on the Qashqai and Juke crossovers – is also available on the Micra. These and other technologies are part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the brand’s vision for zero emissions and zero fatalities future.
Those who love their sounds will like the very clever and sophisticated BOSE Personal audio system. With very trick speakers built into the driver’s head restraint, the clarity of sound within the new Micra is way above what one would expect in a B-segment vehicle.
This new 2017 Nissan Micra will be built at the Renault plant in Flins, France, the same factory that produces Clio and Zoe. Thankfully all deliveries here will be via Zeebrugge, Belgium directly to Dublin, bypassing any Brexit fog that may befall.
Nissan Ireland hopes to sell some 3,000 Micra’s in a full year. Given the positive fallout at its static Irish pre-launch, they have good reason to be optimistic. Rarely does a manufacturer take such an established name and reinvent it to where its appeal then has the ability to bypass genders and the calendar. Great job Nissan.
Tony Toner - Motoring Correspondent for BeepBeep.ie