2018 Nissan Micra Review; Very Different Tune

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 - Nissan

2018 Nissan Micra Review – In the development of the fifth generation of the Nissan Micra Nissan has thrown the whole change. The differences with its predecessor are great and that was the intention. The 2018 Nissan Micra is ready to conquer Europe.

2018 Nissan Micra 5 generation

2018 Nissan Micra concept

Not that the predecessors not been popular. Nissan’s own research shows even the name Micra in Europe better known than the brand itself and since the launch of the first Micra (1983) more than 7 million copies sold. The second generation was also the first Japanese car of the year. What went wrong, especially with generation 4 that on our old Continent too much remained a wallflower? At Nissan wanted one that their small from the B-segment car would be too much of a world (and thus to all specific requirements in each continent had to meet), certainly in this segment to a guarantee (for example in the demanding Europe) to fail.

2018 Nissan Micra New Features

No wonder so that Nissan about 6 years back and shoulder rifle changed as a successor, which provided a clear European product in France, also in a Renault factory where CLIO’s of the band walk, will be put together. Does that mean that the two share the same mount? Not at all: the Micra builds on the V-platform of its predecessor, but that was or overhauled. Like the rest of the car.

The lead of a new 2018 Nissan Micra will (much) more car for his money. The newcomer was a 17 cm longer than its predecessor (wheel base + 8 cm to 2.53 m) and 8 cm wider, but also 6 cm lower. In the new Micra find so large and wider Europeans their place, the product manager for the model is the Frenchman Laurent Marion, 115 kg heavy and about 1.9 m long and he was during the whole development model for this “95%-man”. Of course, what remains in the back getting tighter, especially boarding by the relatively small back door requires some agility, but also the trunk rose in volume and it was minded to exploit space as much as possible, which makes him deeply (high threshold) somewhat irregular in shape and with a “ladder” If you the back seat railings handlebars from turning sideways.

2018 Nissan Micra interior

It’s been named V-chassis was thoroughly reworked: the front suspension (McPherson strut) is completely new, the rear suspension (torsion beam) was overhauled and the electromechanical ratified send is completely new. The brakes are discs for and drums behind. The car is now wider take on more serious rubber, 16 or 17 inches in diameter, provided by supplier Bridgestone with which all of cooperation and in the 1950s that also to the base adjustment of this Micra intense has contributed.

Renault and Nissan parts from now on all engines. The entry level engine on gasoline is tentatively the 0.9 liter three-cylinder turbo power source we already know of at Renault and that 66 kW/90 HP delivers. In the foreseeable future, there is a real basis engine at, the also already known atmospheric variant of this driepitter that with 1 liter has a slightly larger engine capacity and about 51 kW/72 HP. As provisional top comes later the 1.2 Turbo with direct injection of 90 kW/122 HP, which originally a Nissan-engine which is now also recently in the Clio is used.

To diesel side (new for Micra) used Nissan as expected a Renault turbo diesel, in this case the 1.5 dCi which likewise 66 kW/90 HP develops. All engines are linked to a technical, mechanical vijfbak. Later a vending machine will become available, but that’s not Renault’s robotized EDC but a CVT (enhanced), one of the strengths of previous Micra’s.

2018 Nissan Micra Test Drive

If there’s one thing was where the current Micra not directly associated, was driving pleasure. That’s completely changed with the newcomer. During our test rides in the surroundings of Rome we could drive with the 0.9 driepitter with turbo on petrol and the 1.5 turbo diesel, both 90 HP strong. The two engines are sufficiently powerful to guarantee a smooth driving style, but really sporty you can not call. A six-speed transmission no doubt had them even better.

Are you doing excellent in the new Micra, certainly on the front seats and the interior atmosphere is pleasant when you stay in one of the optional dressings choose. However, it is on the road that the Micra his greatest qualities unfolds: the device is directly and let know very well what you are doing, it is very clear and confidence-inspiring handling itself, aided (closer to the limit) by any electronics: sensors of the Esp help you to faster and safer through the curve to go , especially in more difficult driving conditions, which also leads to more driving pleasure. Perhaps most surprising is that all this can with a comfort level that is rather rarely in this class. Our test roads were not exactly eersterangswegen, rather post roads in the countryside, but the Micra she took reasonable sovereign, with a aisance we of this kind of cars not just in these circumstances.

Since the car only in the spring of next year with us comes on the market, the prices at this time not yet known. The current Micra will besides the whole first half of next year. When we see what the new Micra in the major European countries will cost, we aim at a base price of just under 13,000 euro in our country. We will keep you informed.

2018 Nissan Micra competitors

The Micra is now fully in the B-segment and there are competitors. He performs in the lists with established values as the Hyundai i20, Peugeot 108, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris or VW Polo, but other competition is not silent, just look at equally important new entrants, as the Citroën C3, the Ford Fiesta or the Kia Rio. In this company wants the new 2018 Nissan Micra no wallflower more but at least top 5 score. Big fights on the horizon.


In summary, we can say that the 2018 Nissan Micra has become clearly a completely different car, with the basics for a European audience sit quite right now (road holding, comfort, driving dynamics, place (certainly the front part) and in which the weaker points either details are (MMI screen, uneven floor, vibration of the diesel power source) either inherent to the size (entry level and place in the back). European competitors without a doubt more to take account of this new competitor than with its predecessor.

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