July 3, 2012: Nissan India that has launched the facelifted Micra in India at a staring price of Rs 4.79 lakh, has also introduced a low-cost version called as Active. Priced at Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) this will lure the buyers who are looking for an affordable car with good features and quality. This series/ is basically the pre-facelift version of the car, which has now been replaced by the new version, but rather than discontinuing the earlier generation, the company has decided to sale it besides the new series. But the series has now received different bumpers, airbags and ABS+ EBD, which makes this model too a feature rich one. However, the advanced features will only be offered with the top-end Active variants. It has been offered with 4 different variants priced upto Rs 4.71 lakh.
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This company is reputed for its diverse models in four wheelers, which happens to be one of the best vehicles available in the automobile market. It has a smart way to combine the features of different proportions in varied models, so that the particular unit which is released, always will appeal to the targeted customer category. Nissan Micra Active too falls in that line, where it has been bestowed with a right combination of all the sections including safety, more convenience and performance as well included within it. The company has equipped this model series with a reliable 1198cc petrol mill, which has three cylinders and 12 valves in total. This mill can generate 67.06bhp in combination with 104Nm toque and is mated with a manual transmission gear box. The company claims that this hatchback series has the ability to generate a peak mileage in the range of 19-20 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. It has a modest top speed and is quite zippy even with all five passengers seated inside. Style in appearance and entertainment while driving too are keen factors for picking a right car for anyone and this too has been given attention by the designers of this hatchback series. It is available with only a petrol engine as standard and is offered in six colorful shades to pick from. For safeguarding the car, an advanced mechanism like an anti lock braking system along with an electronic brake force distribution and a brake assist has been equipped to the top end trim. This ensures a better balance of the vehicle and gives the driver better control over the drive. Other additions like an engine immobilizer for avoiding any tampering and central locking system further improve the safety quotient much more. The bright looking instrument cluster has quite a few notifications, which keeps the driver updated at all times. These include low fuel level warning, head light-on as well as key not removed notifications. These are a few crucial warnings, which will certainly save a lot of discomfort to the driver as well as to the vehicle as well. Offering a power steering along with tilt adjustable facility and other automated functions to the driver makes this hatchback driver friendly. The body is decorated with elements which make it look splendid from outside and the insides look fabulous as well by integrating it with many features that enrich the look and feel as well. The parts that stick out onto the outer structure such as the door handles, outside rear view mirrors and the bumpers are painted in the body color and gives it a uniformed and classy look. The cabin is decked with an advanced audio system and to have an instrument cluster with multiple indicators is an advantage as well. It is additionally offered with follow me home headlamps too, which is a feature needed for assistance in the darker hours of the day. Moreover, it has a spacious interior compartment which has ample head and shoulder space along with leg room as well. When its comes to the maneuverability and braking mechanisms of this hatchback, the company has left no leaf unturned in this regard. The complete hatchback series has been given a combination of disc and drum brakes for better handling. While the front and rear axles have been equipped with McPherson Struts and a torsion beam respectively. Then there is also an electric power assisted rack and pinion based steering wheel, which is very responsive and helps the driver to glide through peak traffic as well, with ease. A warranty of 24 months 50,000 Kms (whichever is earlier) is offered to this hatchback. Furthermore, it can be further extended up to 80,000 Kms or two years at an additional cost paid to the authorized dealer. Apart from this, it also has a facility of 24/7 road side assistance in selective cities, which further adds to the customer benefit.
It has a trendy appearance and stands out with numerous other elements, which define its overall appeal. All the variants of this series are offered with bumpers in body color at the front as well to its rear too. Whereas the front bumper is very sporty as well as curvy and adds to the already stylish hatch. There is a large air dam in the center, which helps in air intake that aids in engine cooling. Its front windscreen is quite broad and is fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers. Its headlight cluster is equipped with halogen lamps along with side turn indicators as well. In the XV and XV Safety trims, the external rear view mirrors as well as outside door handles are painted in body color, while the other trims have them in black color. Additionally, its neatly carved out wheel arches are covered with full wheel covers, which are offered to the top two variants. The outside rear view mirrors are fitted on both the sides in all the trims except for the base, XE trim. Coming to its rear end, there is a license plate console, a company's logo in the center, a large windscreen and the regular variant badging as well.
The XE variant measures at a length of 3780mm, whereas all the other trims have an overall length of 3801mm. It has an overall width of 1665mm including the outside rear view mirrors. It stands high at a height of 1530mm, which is quite good. Its wheelbase is about 2450mm and this results in a spacious leg room as well. It has a ground clearance of 154mm, which is quite modest.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Micra Active have lesser features when compared to the regular Micra and this makes the Active cheaper than the Micra.
The interior compartment is incorporated with basic features that can be installed into a hatch and additionally has features, which form a part of the driver as well as the occupant's comfort. In order to regulate the cabin temperature, an air conditioning unit is decked into all the variants, which comes with well placed vent for better air regulation and it also has a heater, if needed and is is manually operated. Its control knobs are on the central console for easier access to the driver and the co-passenger. For entertainment, there is an audio system which is incorporated into the XV and XV Safety trims, which has a radio tuner to it and a USB port along with an Aux-in interface that adds to its utility. Speakers are fitted into the cabin out of which two are fitted to the front part and other two are to the rear. But for lower variants, only two speakers are offered to the front part of the cabin. There are a set of sun visors fitted for the driver as well as to the co-driver, while the passenger visor is fitted with a vanity mirror for added convenience. A 12V power outlet is offered in all the variants except for the base XE trim. This outlet can be utilized for the purpose of charging any electronic devices while on the move. There are three assist grips for all the passengers apart from the driver, which are fixed in all the trims apart from the base trim. There are cup and bottle holders in the central console along with a spacious glove box for keeping quite a few things handy, whenever required during the journey. All the seats are covered with good quality upholstery, which further adds sheen to the already good looking insides. Both the front seats are adjustable as per the need of the driver and the front co-passenger, which adds to the utility value of this model series. The dashboard and other plastic material used inside are of good quality and the designers have done a good job pertaining to the finishing of the overall interiors.
This affordable model series has been given quite a long list of convenience aspects to deal with. To begin with, it is incorporated with a tachometer to its XV and XV Safety variants. This tachometer gives information regarding the rotations of the shaft per minute. To the same variants, a parcel shelf too is offered which can accommodate any handy stuff, while on a journey. The headrests of the rear seats have an adjustable facility available to them, which is a convenient factor to the rear occupants. Furthermore, a semi drive computer is offered to all the trims, which has multiple notifications decked into it for additional assistance. And then, the outside rear view mirrors can be internally adjusted by the driver and this is a sure relief, as during the drive this would be frequently needed to be adjusted. The front as well as the rear doors are integrated with power windows in the XV and XV Safety variants, while the XL trim has got only power windows for the front doors. Whereas, the base trim, XE does not possess any power windows feature, but there is a manual lever to roll them down, when needed. All the variants are blessed with a power steering facility, which is a great effort lessening factor to the driver, while it is further enhanced by providing a tilt adjustable steering.
It has a wheelbase of 2450mm and as a result it has lot of leg and shoulder space as well as knee space too. It has a spacious head room as well owing to its impressive overall height. The luggage space of 251 litres can be further increased by folding its rear bench seat. The fuel tank capacity is about 41 litres, which is quite resourceful.
Ed's Take: The acceleration of the Micra Active is decent, and it is better than the regular Micra petrol version.
This series is equipped with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This helps in delivering the torque output to the front wheels. It has a potential of breaching the 100 Kmph speed mark in just about 12 to 15 seconds from a scratch. And also has a capacity to reach a maximum speed of 150 to 160 Kmph, which is quite impressive for a hatchback.
Ed's Take: The engine on the Micra Active is the same 1.2-litre petrol, but due to lesser weight the fuel efficiency of the Micra Active is higher than that on the regular Micra.
It is equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which has a potential to displace of about 1198cc. It has three cylinders and twelve valves, which are based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has a capacity to generate a maximum power of 67.06bhp at 5000rpm and can generate a peak torque output of 104Nm at 4000rpm. It is mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which enables smoother gear shifts and aids in delivering a flawless performance. It has an electronic fuel injection supply system and can squeeze a mileage of 19.49 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions.
Ed's Take: Nissan has worked on the fuel efficiency of the Micra Active and it has a better figure than that of the Micra, as it lighter.
This hatchback model series is equipped with a reliable mill. It is capable of delivering a mileage of about 19.49 Kmpl on freeways. It is achievable due to its engine being associated with an electronic fuel injection supply system. If driven within the city, its fuel economy could drop down to 16-17 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions.
Ed's Take: The power of the Micra Active is similar to that of the Micra, however the Micra Active is lighter, so the outright performance will be better.
Its proficient petrol mill is equipped with three cylinders, which further have a total of twelve valves. This is in sync with a dual overhead camshaft based valve system. It has a potential to produce a maximum power of 67.1bhp at 5000rpm and can generate a peak torque output of 104Nm at 4000rpm.
Ed's Take: The accessories on offer on the Micra Active as decent as it gets integrated music system and even keyless entry is an available feature.
The 2-DIN music system which is integrated into hatchback series, is offered only to its XV and XV Safety variants. Though the other trims lack this feature, it can be added at an additional expense. This audio system has a radio with AM/FM, a CD/MP3 player and also consists a USB and AUX-in port too. It can be enjoyed through four speakers of which two are fitted at rear and two are fitted at front part of the cabin. To customize the vehicle further, accessories such as leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, remote locking etc.., The other features that can be added are outside door visors, body decals for more styling, spoilers and others which can be purchased from the authorized dealers.
Ed's Take: The braking on the Micra Active is good, even the top of the line model comes with ABS fitted in it.
This is one of the most significant aspect in any vehicle. Its front wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels are fixed with a set of standard drum brakes. The suspension system is well equipped as well with the front axle getting a McPherson strut, while the rear axle is fixed with a torsion beam. It is integrated with an electric power assisted steering wheel, which is based on rack and pinion steering type. It has a minimum turning radius of 4.65 metres, which is good enough. For the top end variant, the XV Safety, an advanced braking mechanism is equipped, which consists of an anti-lock braking system with an electronic brake-force distribution and this is additionally supported with a brake assist as well. This helps the driver immensely for gaining control over the vehicle.
Ed's Take: Nissan has taken care of the safety bit, as the Micra Active has ABS and even airbag as a standard feature on the top model.
This hatch is equipped with multiple safety features and its top end variant is solely safety related that its very name is XV Safety. The technology of making the engine inactive as soon as any unauthorized access is detected is an immobilizer, and this feature is incorporated into all its variants. It is also integrated with an advanced braking mechanism, which includes an anti-lock braking system with an electronic brake-force distribution that is coupled with brake assist too. This braking system is offered for only the higher end trim, XV Safety. The airbags which deploy in safeguarding the driver as well as the co-passenger from getting any impact out of a crash or otherwise is offered in the top end alone. Additionally, this trim is also given a driver seat belt warning indicator is available in the instrument cluster. The central door locking is offered in all the variants except for the base XE trim. Furthermore, these three variants are additionally offered with a speed sensing auto door lock. The follow me home headlamps help the occupants in the darker hours of the day in reverting back home safely without stumbling and this feature is incorporated into all the available trims as well. The warnings in the instrument cluster includes low fuel level warning indicator, a headlight-on warning indicator as well as a key remove warning notification. All these aspects put together makes this hatchback series, one of the safest and most affordable vehicle in this segment.
The XE, XL and XV variants are fitted with a set of 13 inch steel wheels. There rims are further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/80 R13. Whereas the high end trim, XV Safety, is equipped with a set of 14 inch steel wheels which are given full wheel covers additionally. For superior grip, these rims are covered with 165/70 R14 sized tubeless tyres. The company has given a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment along with all the other tools required to change a flat tyre. This is a standard feature across all the variants in this model series.
1. Has a decent mileage for a petrol engine based hatch.
2. Instrument cluster is well equipped with several notifications.
3. Price range is quite affordable for the masses.
4. Blessed with a spacious internal cabin.
5. Exterior looks are modest, but quite appealing.
1. A set of alloy wheels could be given to the top end trim.
2. Ground clearance is not quite impressive.
3. Absence of airbags even for its driver in most of its variants.
4. Audio system is offered only to top end.
5. Cabin can be furbished much better.
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