Review: Nissan Micra Acenta hits high notes

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Back at the turn of the decade, the motoring world was shocked when the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class came around. The jump in design between it and the old model was monumental and it reasserted attention back on the almost-forgotten hatchback.

It’s much of the same with the Nissan Micra. The old model, still doing duty as the Micra Active, has also been around for the longest time and the launch of the new model (pictured) really stepped the Micra’s game up.

The 2019 model is a massive departure from the old model and does it boast with a design that warrants a second look. The flowing lines, beautiful headlights, and blackened pillars all bring about a youthful character to the Micra. This Acenta is the second in the four-model lineup and slots in just above the Micra Visia. At R273 900 the Acenta is equipped with enough technological features to make itself relevant in the range.

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Strong features’ list

The front windows are electric, on the steering wheel you’ll find the controls for the media system and cruise control, and the on-board computer relays all the relevant information regarding your trip. Front and rear fog lights are standard, as well as auto on/off lights, daytime running LEDs, and six airbags. Boot space is rated at 300L, but when the boot lid is removed it increases to 360L. Fold the rear seats down as well and total cargo space increases to 1004L.

Our test unit came with a beautiful two-tone interior made up of black and beige. The cloth covering the seats has the same two-tone colouring, as well as an interesting honeycomb pattern.

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Low weight, small engine

Most Micra owners will probably spend their time driving around town and for that the Micra needs to be ready. Nissan designed the car accordingly and gave it a miniscule weight. Tipping the scales at only 909kg, the Micra is as light as a feather (within context). Its length of under 4m and 1.7m width means that it’s easy to manoeuvre the car through tight spaces and parking spots. The engine is a city-friendly three-cylinder 0.9-litre petrol unit that produces 66kW and 140Nm.

On the open road the engine might feel as if it’s a bit underpowered, but in the city there’s no talk of sluggishness. The five-speed manual gearbox cogs over with a soft gentleness. It’s a drivetrain that, if we’re honest, has no qualms about what it is. The Micra was made for the city and the engine and gearbox plays into that trait.

Nissan says that its Micra will sip, on average, around 5.1 L/100km, but our figure of just under 7.0 L seemed slightly more realistic. After almost 400km the fuel tank dipped below the halfway mark and are we sure that one could easily cover between 500 – 600km on a full tank of petrol.

The Nissan Micra Acenta comes standard with a six-year/150 000km warranty, and three-year/90 000km service plan.

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