The long wait is over as the new Nissan Micra Acenta Tech makes a bold statement. Putting the new model alongside its former self, the Micra Active, it undoubtedly looks the part, almost reinvented. From the onset, you can see a bigger, drastically improved and sophisticated look compared to the older version.
While not everything is about good looks, it certainly helps and considering the sheer value for money, we are not surprised that this is Nissan’s new flagship model.
Styling And Interior Features
Spruced up styling gives the Nissan Micra Acenta a fresh face with snazzy 17-inch alloy wheels as a standard option alongside a chic black and Energy Orange cabin theme. Other standard features include a leather-clad steering wheel, cruise control, automatic headlights, and six airbags among many others.
As stated, there are countless additional features to enhance the new Nissan Micra Acenta. For starters, it gets a better infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, AUX jack, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Audiobooks and Spotify streaming.
Impressed yet? Wait until you see what comes next as the Nissan Micra Acenta Tech has an onboard Artificial Intelligence assistant. It is activated by pressing a button to safely access even more interesting functionalities. One of which is sending social media updates while driving without touching your smartphone and being distracted. Nissan has spared no expense as everything is clearly visible and easily accessible through a 17.78 cm touch-sensitive colour display.
Add into the equation four cameras around the car and you have a 360° bird’s-eye view of the Nissan Micra Acenta’s surroundings on the impressive display screen. Moving Object Detection is also part of the package along with new safety tools in Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking.
Nissan Micra Acenta Tech Performance
The powertrain for the new Nissan Micra comes in the form of a turbocharged three-cylinder engine but don’t let the 898cc displacement fool you as it produces a nippy 66kW and 140Nm of torque. According to Nissan, the Acenta can do 0-100km/h in 12.1 seconds which is respectable within its class.
Top speed is estimated at 170km/h but the car really comes into its own under 120km/h. Here, the small engine has a surprising amount of pull and yet smooth enough to enjoy the audible growl from under the hood.
Thankfully, the five-speed manual gearbox only requires gentle shifts which makes driving in traffic as enjoyable as it can be. The exceptional tractability results in fewer gear changes to keep the car on point and that makes the new Nissan Micra an easy drive.
Added to the reinvented Nissan Micra is better suspension complemented by Ride Control Software that makes braking a breeze. They have also added Intelligent Trace Control that adjusts brake pressure on each individual wheel when going around corners. Along with the hill-start assist functionality, this gives the Nissan Acenta Plus exceptional stability and grip so you are in truly capable hands.
The Nissan Micra is practical, spacious, stylish and brimming with features. Families will find the new hatchback an absolute treat to look at and drive short or long distances. At just over R305,900* it may not be a budget car but considering everything you get for the price, if there was ever a value-for-money buy, this would be it.
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* Disclaimer: Price is accurate as of September 2019