It’s hard to believe, but the Nissan Micra has been around now for three decades. One of its models was voted Car of the Year, way back in 1993, so it has a lengthy pedigree underpinning its renowned reliability.
Designed as a low-cost world car from 2013 onwards, it proved a hot favourite in emerging markets. For easy driving, it rivals other long-term top sellers like the Renault Clio, the Vauxhall Corsa, and the Ford Fiesta.
Distinctive, efficient and light to handle, the Micra was sold in 160 different countries, making it a real international hit. Its manufacturing history is just as cosmopolitan. Initially built in Japan and the UK, Micras have been built at the second factory in India since 2010.
With a bold design, it sits on the Nissan V Platform. In turn, this is a development of the Nissan-Renault B Platform that once supported earlier generations of the Micra, as well as other Renault models including the Twingo, the Modus and the Clio.
Compact That Packs a Punch
Agile and easily maneuverable, the Micra turns even city driving into a fun experience. Initially attracted by its affordability, impressed drivers soon spread the word about its performance, especially from 2014 onwards. In fact, it paved the way for today’s high-performing models like the Kicks, the Sentra and the Versa.
Nimble and easy to maneuver through busy streets, this five-door hatchback is a dream to parallel park. With a tight turning circle that’s smaller than its main competitors, it’s also great for three point terms, zipping smoothly through even the heaviest traffic.
Its standard rear-view monitor makes it easy to park, by showing the driver what’s right behind the rear bumper, through a rear-facing camera and a centre console display. Its generous windows offer all-round visibility for passengers, as well as the driver.
Versatility and Performance in Style
Designed to serve as a personal statement with many customisable options, the Nissan Micra adds sparkle to practical elements like fog lights, the exhaust pipe and the grill, with tasteful chrome accents. With plenty of space, the fourth generation of this nifty town car offers practical advantages that include lower emissions and better fuel economy.
Despite its size, the Nissan Micra offers an unusual blend of fuel economy, smooth handling, and surging power, thanks to its 109 horsepower, 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine.
Comfort and Convenience
In contrast to some of its competitors, the Micra shows that compact doesn’t mean cramped. Making creative use of every nook and cranny, its ingenious storage spaces keep its interior tidy, with easy retrieval.
The six-way adjustable driver’s seat is an exhilarating experience all its own, with a silver-accented steering wheel, shift knob and HVAC vents adding a touch of brightness. Contrast stitching on sport cloth seats adds a classic touch to its interior.
Safety First – Always
Known for its commitment to passenger safety, Nissan followed the same philosophy with the Micra. Its advanced airbag system includes six standard airbags that inflate using occupant classification and seatbelt sensors. Supplementary side airbags are built into each front seat, with extra head protection from roof-mounted airbags in both rows.
The Nissan Safety Technology system also includes traction control and dynamic control, an Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist. With Nissan technology, The Micra is even smart, for added convenience and connectivity.
Nissan Micra Cup
For five years, fans of this racy compact shared on over thirty Micra drivers competing in the Nissan Micra Cup. This uniquely Canadian event runs from May to September, over six weekends in Ontario and Québec.
Halted in 2020, the post-pandemic future of the series is still unknown. However, Micra drivers can still enjoy the rush of power offered by this nimble compact, even regular roads.
Affordable Auto Loans for the Micra
Selling for anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000 (depending on year, trim, and condition), the Nissan Micra is a budget-friendly buy that’s easy to finance. It’s also a good investment, as sturdy Nissan engineering slows depreciation and keeps its value solidly on Canada’s second-hand market.