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Car reviews - Nissan - Micra - ST-L 5-dr hatch

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Budget city car that manages to be simple, fun and safe

Nissan logo4 Mar 2011

WHEN it comes to the new K13 Nissan Micra, 1.5 litres worth of four-cylinder engine is the extravagant choice. By using a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine as the starting point, Nissan has served notice that it is serious about positioning the Micra according to its name as a true light car. , In size, safety and equipment this latest Nissan entrant in a sector populated by some fairly ordinary machines sets a new benchmark with few compromises to the driving experience. The 1.5-litre variants still offer very good, although not class-leading, economy and would probably be the choice of owners doing a lot of highway driving. , Nevertheless, the value for money equation comes out not quite so well because the entry-level 1.5, the ST-L, costs $14,990, compared with $12,990 for the 1.2-litre ST manual. Choosing a self-shifting transmission adds $2000 to the ST to give buyers a neat choice between three-cylinder auto and four-cylinder manual at the $14,990 price point.
Model release date: 1 November 2010 to 1 March 2015

Previous model

Micra 5-dr hatch

Released: December 2007
Ended: November 2010
Family Tree: Micra

THE previous-generation (K12) Micra was launched here in December 2007, wrapped in a European design with some controversial elements, especially the protruding headlights.

It competed towards the premium end of the light car segment and sold in fairly low volumes. Significantly the 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, which was the sole unit offered, produced 72 kW - a mere 2kW short of the current 1.5’s 74.

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