Nissan Micra Diesel 2014 XV Review
Cute and Fuel Efficient HatchbackTuesday, April 15, 2014
Nissan Micra's newest avatar was launched by Nissan India recently on July 3, 2013 as all-new Nissan 2014 hatchback. Nissan Micra is among the one of the top selling hatchback in Indian market since its arrival in 2010. It is manufactured at Nissan India's manufacturing plant at Chennai with its other siblings. It is the fourth generation of Micra and its last generation will not be discontinued as it will be sold now under the name of 'Nissan Micra Active' in Indian market with the base model priced at INR 3.5 lakhs. The all new Micra hatchback has gone under some changes in its exterior, interior and engine and will now compete with the others in its segment.
The exterior of all new Nissan Micra has been given some fabulous changes as now it has a curvilinear body with chrome garnished honey comb type of front radiator grille, powerful halogen headlights, newer body colored front and rear bumper, wide air dam at front bumper surrounded with chrome based circular fog lights, laminated front windshield with intermittent wipers, tinted glass, pull type body colored door handles and external wing mirrors, 14/15-inch alloy wheels with tubeless radial tyres, a long curved roof with several selections of style touches to match your interest, LED based tail lamp cluster at rear, large rear windscreen with wash and wipe function, sporty rear spoiler, high mounted stop lamp, rear window defroster with timer and a large company logo on the boot lid. It has a length of 3825mm, width of 1665mm and height of 1530mm as its dimension and has a large wheelbase of 2450mm.
The interior of all new Micra has also seen some beautiful changes as it now has premium fabric upholstery, many color schemes for different variants, quality leather cladding on gear shift knob and tilt-able power steering wheel with audio and Handsfree control, a passenger side vanity mirror, adjustable front and rear headrests, chromed inside door handle, chromed parking brake, chrome ring finishing on speedometer and a digital clock and Centre Console with Piano Black finishing. It has a spacious boot space of 251 litres and a fuel tank capacity of 41 litres. It has a spacious dashboard with several controls and some luxurious features such as keyless push-button start and reverse parking camera. To add to the comfort of the passengers, it has tilt-able power steering, tachometer, drive computer, all four power windows with driver side Auto Up and Anti Pinch function, rear window defroster with timer, remote keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs with electric Park and Fold feature, height adjustable driver's seat, luggage lamp, powerful AC with Automatic Climate Control System, rear view camera, auto anti-dazzling room mirror with reverse camera display and a Follow Me Home feature. It also has a 2 DIN music system with CD/MP3/FM Radio player, AUX-in, USB port, Handsfree Bluetooth and four speakers to provide a fully enjoyable ride. It has a 12V power outlet for gadgets.
The engine of all new Nissan Micra comes in both petrol and diesel versions. The 1198cc HR12 1.2L DOHC 12-valve 3-cylinder petrol engine has a maximum power of 75 bhp at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 4000 rpm giving the top speed of around 160kmph and reaches 0-100kmph mark in 15-16 seconds with the mileage of 19.34kmpl. The 1461cc K9K 1.5L SOHC 8-valve 4-cylinder diesel engine has a maximum power of 64 bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 160 Nm at 2000 rpm giving the top speed between 150-160kmph and reaches 0-100kmph mark in about 14 seconds with the mileage of 23.08kmpl. Both these engines have five-speed manual transmission and only Petrol XV variant has CVT automatic gearbox. It has ventilated disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. It also has electric power assisted rack and pinion type steering wheel with the minimum turning radius of 4.65m. The suspension system is a McPherson Strut type at front and Torsion Beam type at rear.
The all new Nissan Micra has also added some advanced safety features in this hatchback which includes central door locking, speed sensing auto door lock, driver, co-passenger and side Airbags with supplemental restraint system, engine immobilizer with alarm, ABS with EBD and BA, driver seat belt warning indicator, dual horn, door ajar warning indicator, low fuel level warning indicator, headlight ON warning indicator, key remove warning indicator, rear parking assistance and side and front impact beams. Both the diesel engine variants and petrol engine variants have a ground clearance of 150mm and 154mm respectively.