2014 Nissan Micra Review [Video]

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The 2014 Nissan Micra is a stalwart of this Japanese company’s repertoire. Starting out as a bland, budget Supermini, the Micra quickly rose to become the European Car of the Year in 1993, becoming the first Japanese design to win such a coveted award. Its round shape and compact design made it popular with both critics and consumers, but one continuing nag was that it still looked, well, – bland.

 

Front view of  2014 Nissan Micra

2014 Nissan Micra

We’re happy to say that this is not the case anymore. The fourth generation Micra, which we’re taking a look at here, is a big improvement on the previous release. It looks smarter, functions better, and comes with greatly enhanced equipment. The changes aren’t drastic enough so as to do away with the brand’s identity and heritage, but they’re noticeable enough so as to be felt and to help the company rival Korea’s own rising superminis, like the Kia’s, Chevrolets and the Hyundai’s. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at what the 2014 Nissan Micra has to offer.

A Supermini With A Punch

More and more small cars are switching from 3 cylinders to 4 on that never-ending march for greater efficiency. But a common consumer gripe with this is that, though efficiency may be enhanced, a certain odious, obnoxious noise is created that you carry around with you as you drive. The 2014 Nissan Micra uses just 3 cylinders – but that ungainly din is conspicuous in its absent. Hallelujah! Instead, you get a smooth, comfortable and near silent drive.

rear view of 2014 Nissan Micra
2014 Nissan Micra
There are no diesel options with the Micra, but with a 1.2 litre petrol that achieves 70 miles to the gallon, whilst reaching 62mph in 11.3 seconds from rest, there is little – if any – need for diesel. Indeed, the 2014 Nissan Micra mpg is pretty outstanding. Instead, the punch here is created by the clever use of a supercharger. A supercharger is a great boost to a reduction in fuel costs if you treat it right; in this case, it means not ragging your Micra at every opportunity. If you cruise along at low speeds, whilst only occasionally putting your foot down, you’ll save on fuel, as well as seeing a marked improvement to your CO2 figures. Only a Ford Fiesta can match the 2014 Nissan Micra for performance – and at a cost of 20% extra, we’re firmly in the Micra camp.

Looks The Part

When this fourth generation 2014 Nissan Micra was first unveiled, it came under fire for having reinvented itself in such a way that it cut off the town-based female consumership that it had for years marketed itself towards. Critics and consumers alike had to ask the question, why would Nissan alienate themselves from such a profitable audience? It no longer looked cute and trendy, but awkward and unorthodox. For this reason, the designers went back to the drawing board and restyled the model for a second release in 2013.

The results are pleasing. Working on the premise that they had a good design in the first place that simply needed tweaking, as opposed to replacing, the engineers built on it to produce something that looks extremely smart and filled with the usual Micra character. With fluidly arched windows, a round waistline and brand new front end that looks so much better than the previous model, the car also benefits from the addition of chrome that surrounds the front fog lamps. The corporate grill has even been given a makeover and looks the part.

Inside, it looks and feels exactly like you’d expect from a small car; which is to say, no better than its rivals – but no worse either. With an average customer age of 54, you’d expect climbing into the back to be easy, and, with nicely wide doors and well-chosen seat heights, it is. It’s as spacious as any Supermini, and the front is also more of the same, with comfort offered as well as the usual great visibility. You can even see the front nose from the driver’s seat – something of an anomaly with small cars, so kudos at Nissan on this front.

Final Thoughts

Though for a long time marketed as a supermini that could rival cars of a similar ilk, such as Ford’s Fiesta, Nissan now advertise their fourth generation Micra as a small city car, putting it up against the likes of the funky Volkswagen Up. Whether this is an error of judgement on Nissan’s part or not, the price it is offered at may certainly seem a little too much for a tiny city car. Conversely, its performance and dimensions make it value for money as a supermini. With most Nissan Micra models sold in the £10,000 – £12,500 price bracket, it means that it competes against other supermini’s, such as the Mitsubishi Mirage, and, in our humble opinion – wins.

We at OSV are committed to finding you the right 2014 Nissan Micra finance and cash deals. If you want to get hold of the 2014 Nissan Micra, don’t hesitate to leave us a message on our contact us page, or give us a call on 01903 538835 to find out more about our Nissan lease deals.

Andrew Kirkley

Director at OSV Ltd
Andrew enjoys: Movies and travelling to new cities to explore different cultures.

Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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