Expert Review of Nissan Micra Active
If you are looking for purchasing an affordable yet a high performance hatch, then Nissan Motors India is offering its low cost Nissan Micra Active to the budget car buyers in the country. This is the new model in the Nissan cars portfolio and it is blessed with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine which is presently equipped to the facelift Nissan Micra. However, it is a slightly less powerful engine but stunning fuel efficient, which can certainly impress the low cost car buyers. The company has introduced this new Nissan Micra Active in about four variants and with petrol engine as standard. The Nissan Micra Active XE is the entry level trim available in its series and it comes at a price of just Rs. 3.50 lakh (ex showroom New Delhi). This came as a surprise for every individual as many of them were expecting the facelift version of Nissan Micra. While launching the facelifted version, company's officials has brought in the low cost Nissan Micra Active as a surprise package that thrilled the auto enthusiasts in the country.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Nissan's latest model Nissan Micra Active XE is the base version in its line up and it is blessed by a 1.2-litre DOHC petrol engine. The power of this engine is slightly lesser than the engine of existing Nissan Micra that allows it to return more mileage. The company claims that this version has the ability to return a maximum 19.49 Kmpl, which is class leading.
The Japanese auto maker's latest model in the automobile segment, Nissan Micra Active comes in six different color shades. These color shades include Brick Red, Storm White, Aqua Green, Turquoise Blue, Onyx Black and Blade Silver. The car enthusiast can choose this low cost hatch from these color shades that suits to their personality and style.
Acceleration and Pick up
The Nissan Micra Active model lineup has been blessed with a performance packed petrol mill, which is also good at pickup and acceleration. This reputed engine has the ability to break the 100 Kmph speed barrier from standstill in just about 12 to 15 seconds. On the other hand, this peppy 1.2-litre petrol mill has the ability to reach a top speed in between 150 to 160 Kmph, which is quite impressive.
When it comes to the appearance of this hatch, it comes with the design cues influenced from the previous Nissan Micra model. Perhaps, entire exterior design remains to be the same as its previous model but this new Nissan Micra Active series gets a refurbished front bumper, newly styled headlight cluster and a perforated radiator front grille. This makes it look a bit muscular and more attractive in the segment. Its head lamp cluster has got more revealing elements that dazzles the front facade. The design of the grille is retained from the previous model without any chrome strip on it, while the company's logo has been placed on top of the hood. The design of the front bumper gets a re-treatment with a bigger air dam and air ducts, while there is no provision for incorporating fog lights. When it comes to the side profile, it is much identical to the outgoing Nissan Micra but the door handles and rear view mirrors are offered in non-body color. This entry level trim is offered with 13 inch steel wheel rims fitted to the wheel arches which are coupled with 155/80 R13 sized tyres. The rear end of this hatch gets a slightly tweaked tail lamp cluster and body colored bumper. There is a high mount stop lamp placed just above the rear windshield and the chrome plated company logo has been fixed to the boot door.
The all new Nissan Micra Active series from the fleet of Nissan cars is unbelievably comfortable and spacious hatchback, which can provide seating space for at least 5 passengers. As the Nissan Micra Active XE is the entry level variant, one would expect less number of features with this hatch. Surprisingly, the company is offering quite some attractive features with this hatch that include electric power assisted steering with tilt function, a semi drive computer, cup and bottle holders, a manual air conditioner and many other such functions. These comfort features will meet the minimum requirements of the passengers and help them to avail wonderful experience inside this hatch.
The Nissan Micra Active XE entry level version comes with an overall height of about 3780mm and a width of about 1665mm. Its height is calculated at 1530mm, while the wheelbase is at 2450mm, which is quite impressive. On the other hand, it comes with a ground clearance of about 154mm, which is helpful for handling the car on bumpy roads. It has the boot space of about 251mm while the fuel storage capacity is at 41 litres, which is quite decent.
This low cost version has been offered with the same 1.2-litre petrol mill, which has performed duties for the outgoing model. This commanding petrol engine has the ability to make 67.1bhp at 5000rpm while yielding a peak torque output of 104Nm at 4000rpm. Its power is slightly less compared to the engine of facelifted Nissan Micra but it has the ability to return a class leading mileage of about 19.49 Kmpl.
All the models in this model lineup are offered with steel wheel rims which are further fitted with wheel caps. These steel wheels are of size 13 inches and they are mated with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/80 R13 that provides superior grip on roads.
Despite being the low cost version, the all new Nissan Micra Active provides superior drive comforts to the passengers inside. Its front axles is assembled with McPherson strut type of suspension system which is assisted by the Torsion beam type of suspension system fitted to the rear axle.
Handling and Control
When it comes to the handling and controlling aspect, it gets the ventilated disc brake type of mechanism on its front wheels while the rear wheels gets superior drum brakes mechanism that functions in a most effective way.
Very attractive price, mileage is impressive.
Features are not-so-impressive, engine power can be improved.