The title says it all when it comes to the 2018 Nissan Micra Active. No-one expects impressive performance stats in terms of top speed or 0-100 but it does offer many other valuable features.
Launched in 2004, the first Micra was a popular budget friendly option for cost-conscious consumers and not much has changed since then. Although the second-generation Nissan Micra, launched in 2011, cruised under the radar compared to VW Polo Vivo and Toyota’s Etios, it still offered great value for money.
Skipping ahead to 2018, the Nissan Micra Active is slightly different. Redesigned head- and tail lights with new bumpers form part of the upgrade and for an additional R8500, a Trendsetter Pack is also available. The body kit includes black alloy wheels, rear fin, mud flaps and a chrome-finish exhaust tip.
Nissan Micra Active Performance and Driving Experience
The same 1.2-litre engine remains first choice with the same power output as the Micra Visia+ at 56kW/104Nm. As far as economy goes, the Nissan Micra Active will reportedly do 5.2-litres/100km, which should give a range of 789 km on its 41-litre fuel tank. The Micra Active is front wheel drive with a five-speed manual gearbox and 0-100km/h takes a laid-back 13.2 seconds with a claimed top speed of 166 km/h.
Driving on the open road highlights the simplicity of the Micra Active as the engine is less exciting than some of the competitors but offers enough for an easy ride. Although the transmission engaged gears without a hitch or grind, the engine seems slightly under pressure to get going. Speed bumps and accelerating from a slow, rolling position also requires changing to a lower gear.
In addition to an impressive turning circle of 4.6m, handling is easy and responsive making the Nissan Micra Active very maneuverable. Parking is also a breeze even for those not so comfortable squeezing into tight spots.
The Added Extras
For the launch period Nissan is offering to add a 7” high-definition touchscreen to the Micra Active’s interior free of charge. The offer will run for about three months after which new prospective buyers will have to pay R8500.
Apart from the standard features such as USB, Bluetooth and CDs, the new infotainment system can also read DVDs, Div-X videos and MP4s. A built-in hard drive allows you to store your favourite music, photos and movies. In collaboration with TomTom, the Satellite Navigation can also relay real-time traffic information.
The interior is comfortable, compact but practical with enough space for 4 people. Boot capacity is somewhat limited but within reason for a compact car. Other features include driver and passenger airbags, front electric windows, air con and ABS.
Pricing starts at R159 900 making the Nissan Micra Active a primary contender for first-time buyers and small families. Included in the price is a three-year or 90 000km service plan as well as a six-year or 150 000km warranty.
If you’re looking for a simple, affordable, compact car, the Nissan Micra Active offers everything you need. Nissan has delivered, once again, a car that offers practicality with sufficient performance for its purpose.