Hatchbacks fill an important role in the motoring community and while some are better than others, the new Nissan Micra Active is a true standout. It has what it takes in all departments showing exceptional grip and power to cut through traffic or cruise the open road. Based on reviews from the 2018 model, the latest premium version of the Nissan Micra Active is a completely different animal. We take a look at what makes it a leader within this hotly contested segment.
More Modern Exterior And Interior
The upgraded Nissan Micra Active has a sportier design with sharp edges replacing the older ‘bubble-shape’. It looks more mature, trendy and ready for anything the road has to offer. In addition to the contemporary exterior, it also features boomerang-shaped headlights and the iconic V-shaped grille associated with the more premium Nissan vehicles. This detail almost makes it official that the Nissan Micra Active now forms part of the exclusive club.
Nothing about the inside is disappointing and only adds to the stunning exterior. The dual-tone interior and upholstery-lined seats provide drivers with a sporty look and feel unlike any of the previous models. In terms of the dashboard, everything looks appealing and well-organised, exactly where it’s supposed to be. All the buttons and controls are useful, clearly marked and most importantly, easy to reach.
On the top-end Acenta model, you get a smart control screen with a host of fun features neatly located at the centre of the dashboard. Nissan added small details to the cubbyhole to seamlessly flow into the cockpit design which further accentuates the interior quality. A welcome addition is multiple storage units strategically placed throughout the interior and anti-fatigue seats to support your spine with incredible comfort levels.
Overall, the cabin is practical and spacious with ample head and legroom to make even adults fit in perfectly. Boot space is also impressive for a hatchback with 300 litres of space which becomes more than a 1 000 litres when the rear seats are down.
The Nissan Micra Active Is Economical And Reliable
There’s no denying that Nissan has been a dependable brand for quite some time and the new Nissan Micra proves that point in spades. While the new model is manufactured in France, it still goes through the same stringent quality controls and checks. Several reliability tests have shown exceptionally positive results in terms of build and overall reliability with no issues whatsoever.
If you still need convincing, perhaps the extensive 6-year/150 000 km warranty will impress even the harshest critics. Further proof that Nissan knows quality and reliability, they’ve even added a 3-year/90 000 km service plan and a 24/7 roadside assistance service into their Nissan Assured package.
Regardless of the model, every Nissan Micra Active has a good fuel consumption rate of around 5.1litres/100 km. Its 5-speed manual transmission seamlessly takes on any road without a whisper of complaints even over rougher terrain.
All Nissan Micras are front-wheel drive, has five-doors and seats. There’s also no raised crossover version as that is what the Nissan Juke represents. For those true petrol heads, they have not made a proper Nismo performance version either although it would be a rather interesting build.
Added Performance And Driving Comfort
Speaking of performance, the engine in the new Nissan Micra Active actually has two parts from the Nissan GT-R. Believe it or not, they’ve added anti-friction internals and electric turbo drivers to help limit turbo lag which boosts acceleration exactly when required. Even with the added performance, the Nissan Micra Active is quiet at high speeds showing considerable wind noise reduction as the car keeps cruising along shifting gears effortlessly.
Don’t let the small powertrain fool you as this compact 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine punches above its weight offering 114bhp. It drives the Nissan Micra Active further, better and more economical making it the ideal choice to balance work and play. Navigating busy urban roads and parking is a breeze while travelling the open road is a real pleasure. Overall, this top-performing supermini hatchback offers exceptional stability, reliability, power and design.
It Offers Nissan Intelligent Mobility
The new Nissan Micra Active has smart technology similar to the Qashqai and Nissan X-Trail. While the higher trim level offers more tech-savvy features, all models come standard with Hill Start Assist (HSA), keyless entry with a push start system and cruise control.
In terms of the top-end Nissan Micra Acenta, all models feature a drive-assist display, smart media control with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Acenta Plus Tech also has intelligent around-view mirror with moving object detection, blind-spot warning and a Siri button on the D-shaped steering wheel, complete with voice activation.
Advanced Safety Features
Nissan has a no-nonsense policy when it comes to safety and it shows with the number of airbags and seat belt warnings for the driver and passengers. Nissan has also added Isofix child seat anchors to maximise the safety of your little ones. Further to this, the new Nissan Micra has several safety and security systems in place including:
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
- Hill Start Assist (HSA)
- Parking sensors
- Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Water-sensing wipers
- Nissan Intelligent Mobility
All the driver-assist technologies work seamlessly in the background resulting in a smooth and safe ride. Nissan has come a long way since the first bubble version and you will be pleasantly surprised about what they offer now. The same concept of all those years ago has turned into a more stylish, performance-focused, comfortable, spacious and modern hatchback.
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