Nissan Micra Car in India : Review
On 14th July, 2010, Japanese car manufacturer, Nissan has launched it’s much awaited small car Nissan Micra in the Indian car market. Nissan Micra is available with 3 variants – XE, XL, XV. These models are priced in the range of Rs 3.98 lacs to Rs 5.28 lacs (ex-showroom New Delhi). The average mileage for these cars is 14 Kmpl in City and 18 Kmpl on Highway. The engine capacity is 1198 cc. The general review of Nissan Micra is as below.
The interiors of the Nissan Micra are in equilibrium with the exterior styling finishes. Though the Micra’s cabin isn’t completely superb, but what makes it different is it’s simplicity. All the elements of the car make it praise worthy.
The Micra’s cabin is very roomy and the splendid glass area gives the car, bright and airy feel. The instrument panels, center console, aircon controls and the stereo systems are all conventionally placed which makes it complaint-free with regard to dash layout. The twin glove box, three cupholders and decently sized map pockets (which can also be used to hold a small water bottle) on the doors help packing away things cleanly.
The dashboard on the top end for XV model which comes in “Greige” color (mix of grey and beige), as named by Nissan. Though this color does not make Nissan Micra’s interiors look totally upscale, but it makes the interiors liven up to some extent. The XE and XL models have pitch black interiors, which are more lovely than the “Greige” interiors.
The quality of plastics used for Nissan Micra is of good quality and there is no part on the car which looks cheap. ( except for the key slot on Nissan Micra’s XE and XL models). The AC vents are finished to perfection and easy to adjust, while the switchgear is above it’s class. The feeling of using the indicator stalk when you used the indicators is exceptional. The feel of steering is extremely cool and soft to hold, but could have been more chunkier.
The front seats are supportive to most people except for tall people who will find it difficult to sit at the driver’s seat. The seat fabric on the mid XL comes in black with silver theme. The seat fabrics on the mid variant looks lot better than the top-end XV’s “Greige” seats. The base XE’s seats get integrated headrests ( like the i10 and A-Star) and the seats are flat unsupportive. They come up with a felt-like material which could easily tear on rough use. The XE doesn’t even have a day/night switchable interior rear view mirror.
Though the front seats are comfortable and luxurious, one would have liked the gear lever to be positioned a bit higher, somewhat similar to the Ford Figo.
The rear seats on the Nissan Micra’s XL and XV models don’t come up with adjustable headrests and only with integrated headrests. The XE’s rear bench doesn’t even have integrated headrests. This is because base XE is not empowered with any features, as Nissan could be offering base XE at a killer price tag.
Only the Nissan Micra’s XL and XV have a music system with a CD player and Aux-in, which is also standard on the XE Plus variant. The XV model is the only one that comes with a good climate control, keyless remote entry, electrically adjustable/foldable rear view mirrors, rear defogger and chrome finished door levers on the inside.
The car comes with a Tachometer which is a standard across all Nissan Micra’s variants and the small LCD display shows the basic information like odometer, tripmeter and fuel consumption indicator.