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A great compact supermini - new Micra retains its distinctive looks

Published 26/01/2011 | 05:00

The interior of the new Nissan Micra.
The interior of the new Nissan Micra.
The emphasis is on city driving, with a turning circle of just 4.65m.

Nissan officially unveiled the latest version of its iconic Micra this week. It has been around for a little while now, but Nissan was busy with a stream of other new arrivals such as the Juke and electric Leaf.

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The Micra has been one of the great compact superminis for years and years.

This still has those distinctive looks.

Standard equipment (XE) includes several airbags, ESP (helps avert skidding), electric windows, CD player Bluetooth and auxiliary jack.

SV adds automatic aircon, cruise control, electric mirrors, tip/tumble rear seats and SVE adds automatic headlamps, parking slot measurement (the car decides if it will fit in the space), glass roof etc.

Prices start at €14,195 ex-works for the 1.2-litre XE 5dr with the SV €1,000 more and the SVE at €16,995.

CVT (continuously variable transmission) is a €2,600 option.

The latest version has a brand new three-cylinder petrol engine which Nissan claims is as quiet as a more traditional four-cylinder.

At the moment it has emissions of 115g/km, but it will get a new stop-start system in August that will knock that figure down to 109g/km.

Nissan is also talking big about a 1.2-litre SC Acenta with just 99g/km which it will bring in if the tax bands change sufficiently to make it an even more attractive proposition.

This 1.2-litre has a stop-start system, compressor and direct injection which the carmaker is describing as a 'premiere' for the company.

Overall the emphasis is very much on city driving, even though this little car has always been a decent traveller.

But among its elements is the claim it has the lowest turning circle on the market (4.65m), a bonus on tight urban streets and carparks. Supermini sales account for around one in five of the total.

Irish Independent

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