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Micra brings 'wow' to entry-level motoring

By unknown | Apr 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

I have been admiring the competitive array of entry-level cars coming to the market, so when I was offered the opportunity of slipping into the driver's seat of Nissan's funky Micra, I took it with both hands.

I had the pleasure of driving the 1,4litre three-door petrol model for a week - and it did not disappoint.

At first my friends complained that the keyless hatchback was too small.

But after I convinced them to come for a ride, their faces lit up like children in a sweet shop.

They could not believe the ample legroom and the storage compartments inside.

We used the unbelievably big compartment under the dashboard to store 25 CDs and with the front-loading six CD changer, the sounds kept coming.

The driver controls the music by touching the control buttons on the adorable leather steering wheel.

The extra space that became available on folding down the rear passenger seats came in handy during the odd shopping trip. But even without this, the boot space is surprisingly large.

The front doors are fitted out with big pockets, which create handy storage spaces for cellphones and even handbags.

I decided to get out of town and test the little car's much-talked about performance on a freeway to Hammanskraal.

The five-speed manual transmission engine simply purred. It was deafeningly quiet and sportily responsive.

It produces maximum power of 65kW at 5200rpm, and torque is set at 128Nm at 3200rpm.

Another "wow" feature for an entry-level car was the traffic update function that interrupts the CD to bring you up to speed on what's happening on the roads.

Splendid, if you ask me.

The all important seatbelt reminder beeps annoyingly until the driver buckles up.

Safety is also taken into consideration with the ABS brakes, which are fitted with electronic brake force distribution and also brake assist.

And as if that wasn't enough, the automatic car lights and windscreen wiper functions took my breath away.

The only thing I struggled to come to terms with was the stiff handbrake.

I think I developed a muscle or two in my left arm in the week I had the Micra, but it was worth the effort.

The sporty little Micra really rocks.

This beauty is also well priced at an affordable R99 990.


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