Expert Review of Nissan Micra Active
The Nissan Micra Active series is the low cost hatch introduced to the Indian hatchback segment and it is a petrol powered vehicle that accommodates a 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood. This low cost version of Micra is available in overall four variants with variant names that include Nissan Micra Active XE, XL, XV and XV S. With this new model, the portfolio of this Japanese automaker has been increased, which will surely help the automaker to stretch its market in the country. This new hatch is not just the most affordable vehicle in the segment but it is also one of the most featured and most fuel efficient vehicle in the segment. At the same time it delivers exceptional performance and offers excellent driving dynamics. One needs to appreciate the company's efforts that it has put in to introduce a four wheeler with such a low price tag. With this, the company has sent in a clear signal to other car manufacturing companies that it is not leaving any stone in its journey to the leading spot in the automobile industry.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The company has launched its most affordable hatchback Nissan Micra Active series as one of the most fuel efficient petrol vehicles in its portfolio. According to the company, this hatch has the ability to return a class leading mileage of about 19.49 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. This will certainly reduce the cost of running and helps the car owner to save a lot of money in their wallet.
This new hatchback model lineup is perhaps the most attractive hatch in its segment with a few sporty elements. In order to make it more attractive, the company has introduced this hatch in six different color shades, which are perfectly suited to this hatch. Those colors include Storm white, Aqua Green, Onyx Black, Brick Red, Turquoise Blue and Blade Silver. Budget car buyers can choose one of these color shades that will allow them to make a style statement on roads.
Acceleration and Pick up
The Nissan Micra Active model series is a low cost hatchback in the segment which is blessed by a 1.2-litre petrol engine under the hood. However, it is good at performance and power that allows it to reach a top speed in between 150 to 160 Kmpl, which is quite impressive. On the other hand, it can pick up 100 Kmph speed from standstill in between 12 to 15 seconds, which explains about the power of engine and its performance.
The Japanese auto maker's surprise package Nissan Micra Active appearance is much identical to the previous Micra model. In fact, the company has made some tweaks to the previous Micra and launched it as the low cost Micra Active in order to boost its sales in the country and stretch its market share to a new high. The side profile and its rear end design is much identical to the previous model, while the front facade received a re-treatment that keeps the feminine appeal with a few sporty elements. The front bumper gets a redesign with a large air dam and air ducts, which is the major cosmetic update given to the hatch. While the head lamps cluster has been made more attractive and dazzling with detailing aspects. It gets a small and perforated radiator grille without any chrome elements on it. The company's logo is fitted on top of the grille and has been garnished in chrome. The side profile has received external rear view mirrors and door handles in body color while the rest of the design remains to be the same. When it comes to the rear end, it gets a beautifully crafted body design with tail lamps and body colored bumper with company logo incorporated on boot door.
This latest affordable hatchback lineup, Nissan Micra Active is one of the most featured vehicle in the segment with lots of comfort and convenience aspects. Considering the price tag, the features incorporated in this model are far more than what you can bargain for. The list of its interior comfort aspects include power steering with tilt function, front and rear power windows, central door locking, speed sensing auto door locks, key less entry, internally adjustable external rear view mirrors, passengers side vanity mirror, a semi drive computer, a tachometer, adjustable rear headrest, a rear parcel shelf, assist grips, a luggage lamp, a 12V power outlet, cup holders (3nos), bottle holders (2 nos) and so on. Some of the other features include a manual air conditioner unit, a sophisticated music system with AM/FM player, AUX-In/USB support and front speakers. These features will never let you feel any sort of discomfort while on the go. Apart from these there are several other advanced safety aspects have also been incorporated to this in order to lift the safety levels of this hatch. Some of those safety aspects include driver airbags, passenger airbag, engine immobilizer system, driver seat belt warning indicator, low fuel warning indicator, key remove warning indicator and so on. This is something that no other hatch of its class can provide and that too for such a low price tag.
The all new Nissan Micra Active series is the most affordable hatchback and it comes with the same body design and dimensions as its previous version. However, its length varies depending upon the variants in its line up. The entry and mid level variants XE and XL comes with a length of about 3780mm while the top end version XV and XV S versions comes with a length of 3801mm. The rest of the dimensions are the same in all variants. It has a width of about 1665mm and height is calculated at 1530, which ensures good shoulder space and head room space inside. Its wheelbase of about 2450mm ensure good leg room space and makes this hatch as one of the most spacious hatchbacks in the segment.
As far as engine and its technicalities are concerned, this Nissan Micra Active lineup is blessed with a slightly less powerful 1.2-litre petrol mill which is based on DOHC valve configurations. Its engine runs on 3-cylinders, 12-valves that produces a displacing capacity of about 1198cc which indeed churns out 67.1bhp at 5000rpm and yields a maximum torque output of about 104Nm at 4000rpm. On the other hand, its commanding engine is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gearbox, which ensures greater performance and attractive fuel efficiency. Its engine power is transmitted to the front wheels by this manual gearbox and provides greater driving dynamics.
This low cost hatchback version is offered with 13x4.5B inch steel wheels to the base and mid range variants, which further dressed up with 155/80 R13 sized tyres. Its top end version XV S is blessed with 14x5.5J size steel wheel rims which further accommodates 165/70 R14 size tyres.
This new version from the fleet of Nissan Cars is fitted with McPherson Strut suspension system on to its front axle and Torsion Beam type of suspension to its rear wheel that assures wonderful drive comforts.
Handling and Control
This Nissan Micra Active series is perhaps one of the most sophisticated models from the Japanese automaker and it will be very simple for the driver to handle this hatch in all conditions. Inside this hatch there is a electric power assisted steering wheel incorporated that responds quickly and allows you to steer away from heavy traffic. On the other side, its ventilated disc and drum brake combination assisted by ABS+EBD+BA braking mechanism will offer full control over this hatch.
Top class interior comforts, very affordable pricing.
Appearance is good but not the best, engine power can be improved.