Review: Is the 2013 Nissan Micra your ideal city runabout?
Posted on: Jun 14, 2013 - 8:58am IST
The Nissan Micra has received a comprehensive refresh and we brought you the news just a week ago. We’ve also detailed the features the car comes with, the new color options and the engine lineup here. However, we’ve already driven the facelifted version and here is everything you need to know about it.
Is it still a girl’s car?
I’m happy to say No to that question. Part of the reason why the Renault Pulse (the alter male ego of the Nisan Micra) sells is because of its looks. Renault is going to have a tough time selling the Pulse now because the new Micra looks so much better. While we make it a point not to talk about looks in detail, here are a few points worth mentioning.
1. The headlights see a major change for the good and I find myself associating the new Micra with plenty of other Nissan cars sold abroad. Complimenting the headlights is the new front grill which embodies the new Nissan ‘corporate’ look. The Nissan logo placed in a V-shaped chrome looks tastefully done. Sadly however, foglights are offered only on the top-end diesel model (this is actually a good thing as Nissan charged a friend INR 15,000 for the left hand side foglight – 30,000 for a set – when he crashed his Micra last year!).
[Above – The new bootlip has been bolted on to the bootlid.]
2. Moving on to the sides, you find a new set of alloy wheels which looks pretty expensive. No, Nissan won’t offer the 16-inch alloys (sold abroad) even as an option.
3. At the rear, the new Micra features LED taillights which look pretty good. Another thing I found was that the bootlid of the car has a new add-on to the lip, for extra panache. This has been bolted on to the bootlid. While it may sound gimmicky, it actually manages to look good.
Overall, I’m really happy with the exteriors of the new Micra. 10/10? I should think so.
Head to Page 2 for the interiors of the new Micra.