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Used car control: Nissan Micra – the darling of a troubled woman

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Nissan Micra – the darling of troubled women

Years ago, the cuddly Nissan Micra was considered a womanizer. Its round shape and wide-eyed lighthouse have made it popular around the world. In the meantime, he has become quiet around the little car. And this, although it still exists in a completely different form. Maybe it can win hearts as a used vehicle again?

The Micra was once the bestseller in Nissan’s portfolio. But the sales successes of the first two generations have declined significantly over the years. Quality problems and strong competitors made life difficult for the ex-darling of women. The fifth generation, available from 2017, should be based on old virtues.

In the second row of the Nissan Micra (K14), you don’t want to linger too long despite the discreet space.

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Compared to the fourth generation, the five-door has grown by 17 centimeters to a length of four meters. At the same time, the small car became wider and flatter. The increase in length allows for adequate space conditions. However, only two people should travel in the back seat, not for too long. The sloping roof line is also at the expense of headroom for rear passengers.

The driver and front passenger can enjoy the space gained. The seats provide decent support for a small car; however, the seat cushions could be a bit longer and regular long distance travel should be avoided. The luggage compartment volume can be expanded from 300 to 1004 liters by folding down the rear seat backrests. However, there is an impractical step when pushing through longer parts.

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Instead of being round and pretty, the Nissan Micra (K14) is sharp and muscular.

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Visually, the fifth generation stands out from its predecessor. Instead of being squeezed, tall and plump, it’s elongated, flat and muscular and takes design cues from Juke and Qashqai. Googly eyes are history too, now there are big dominant lights. Depending on the taste of the first buyer, the Micra is available in eye-catching paint finishes and with a coordinated interior decor.

Small Renault engines

At the time of launch there were three engines: two petrol and one diesel. The units come from the Renault Group partner. The base engine is the 73 bhp 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, which should arrive with standard consumption figures between 4.6 and 4.9 liters depending on the equipment. The 1.5-liter diesel delivers 90 hp and is satisfied with an average of 3.2 liters. The diesel was discontinued in mid-2018. The volume engine was the 0.9-liter turbo petrol engine with 90 hp. The three-cylinder behaves quite lively, creates Tempo 175 and is reported in the technical data sheet with consumption values ​​from 4.4 to 5.1 liters.

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If you wanted the colorful accents inside the Nissan Micra (K14), you had to order them via the special options.

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In late 2018, Nissan replaced the turbo with a one-liter version that produces 100hp. In addition, an expansion stage with 117 hp is available from the beginning of 2019. Meanwhile (from late 2020) the Micra is only available with a 92hp one-liter turbo. Only with the 117 hp unit did a six-speed manual gearbox take over from the transmission of power to the front wheels, otherwise a five-speed gearbox is standard. For the 92 and 100 hp variants, there is alternatively a continuous CVT gearbox (Xtronic), but it’s best to keep your hands off.

Defects in the axle suspension, lighting and oil leakage

The Micra was initially offered in the Visia, Visia Plus, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna equipment variants. From Visia Plus the air conditioning is on board. Those who appreciate a little comfort should at least use the N-Connecta models. Here, among other things, the 16-inch aluminum wheels, the leather steering wheel and the navigation system are standard. Electronic assistants such as Blind Spot, Lane Departure or High Beam Assist or a 360-degree Surrounding Camera were available for an additional fee. At the end of 2021, Nissan refurbished its equipment lines and added additional layers. N-Design offers up reversing camera and fog lights. N-Sport has, among other things, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, Alcantara seats, sports steering wheel and automatic air conditioning on board. In 2017, the Micra achieved a four-star rating in the NCAP crash test.

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With a full crew, the Nissan Micra (K14) has 300 liters of trunk.

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The current generation of Micra has so far not covered in glory at the TÜV (HU) main inspection. Although the average mileage of Micra vehicles is below average, the small car was already noticeable at the first HU with axle suspension, lighting and oil leak. This means that you should take a close look at the used car model and, if in doubt, consult an expert.

Conclusion: Compared to its predecessor, the current Micra (type K14) has become more attractive. However, the trend towards small SUVs is negatively impacting sales figures for small classic cars. The space and workmanship are ok, but so far it has not been able to convince the TÜV. If you want to buy a used model, you have to invest at least 8000 euros.

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