Micra 2012-2017 Diesel XV Premium Review
One of the leading car makers in the profitable Indian auto market are the renowned Nissan Motors India Private Limited. This company is the fully owned auxiliary of Nissan Motor Company, which is based in Japan. They were first established in the Indian car market way back in year, 2005 when the company had launched their formidable SUV, Nissan X-Trail in the country. This SUV was being imported as a completely built-up unit, but now they have a marvelous fleet of cars in their stable, which are manufactured locally as well. The company has a manufacturing facility in Chennai that has a capacity to produce close to two lakh vehicles every year. Their fleet includes their SUV Nissan X-Trail, then their charming saloon Nissan Teana, then the uber cool Nissan 370Z, their spacious sedan Nissan Sunny and their adorable hatchback Nissan Micra. This hatchback is one of the top sellers in its segment and has been doing tremendous sales, since it was first launched in year, 2010. As this hatchback has been instrumental in changing the fortunes of the company, they have launched a refined version of this hatchback. This new facelifted model series is being called as the 2013 Nissan Micra. This charming hatchback is being offered in both petrol and diesel versions with power packed and fuel efficient engines, which are perfectly suitable for the Indian road and traffic conditions. There are about seven variants that are on offer for the Indian populace, out of which there are four diesel engine versions. Then there are a couple of petrol engine based model and a CVT (continuously variable transmission) based automatic trim as well in the petrol lineup. The high end trim of the diesel version is Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium , which is loaded to the gills with interesting safety and comfort features that will certainly amaze the buyers.
This top end Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium trim has a striking aerodynamic body structure with impressive curves and sleek body lines. The front nose has got a striking change to it and is now looking absolutely charming with a refreshing look and a newly designed front grille with chrome plating. The head lamp cluster is large and is fitted with powerful adjustable head lights, while the front body colored bumper has been affixed with a pair of bright fog lamps, which has chrome surround to it. The side profile has sturdy wheel arches that have been blessed with a classy set of 15 x 5.5 J alloy wheels, which have been further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 175/60 R15 that have a superior grip on any road. Along with these the body colored door handles with outside rear view mirrors adds to the elegance of this premium hatchback. The rear end has a large windscreen that has a rear wiper, washer along with a rear defogger as well. There is also a prominent Nissan badge affixed on the center of the boot lid and the stylish tail lamp cluster has bright LED based tail lamps, whereas there is also a rear body colored roof spoiler that has a high mounted stop lamp as well. This Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium might be seen as a compact car in the first glance, but a proper look at it will reveal that it is quite long with a total length of 3780mm and an overall width of 1665mm, while the wheel base of around 2450mm, which is quite spacious.
The interiors of this 2013 Facelifted Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium variant are brilliantly done up with some luxuriant features. This hatchback has a spacious cabin with comfortable seating arrangement for five people and a high roof that offers better head room. The seats are covered with premium upholstery and the interiors are in a refreshing color scheme. The steering wheel as well as the gear shift knob is covered in top quality leather cladding and a lot of other utility aspects. Some of these very practical as well as helpful features are cup and bottle holders, a neatly done up dash board with a brilliant instrument cluster and central console, which also has the big and round shaped AC vents, a digital clock, a passenger vanity mirror, adaptable front as well as rear head rests, a rear parcel tray to keep some handy things, stylish inner door handles which are finished with chrome and several other such interesting features, which will certainly amaze the customers with this premium design and quality of the interiors.
Engine and Performance:
The Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium has been fitted with a performance packed K9K, 1.5-litre, single over head camshaft based diesel mill, which also has four cylinders and 8 valves. This engine has the ability to displace 1461cc and has a common rail fuel supply system , which makes it smoother and less noisy. This drive train has the ability to churn out a peak power output of 62.72bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a maximum torque of 160Nm at 2000rpm and is mated with a smooth and easy five speed manual gear box transmission.
Braking and Handling:
The company has taken good care of this most important segment in this hatchback model lineup. This Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium is very easily maneuverable through the traffic infested streets in any city with a lively and responsive power steering, which is electrically power assisted rack and pinion. The turning radius of this hatchback is said to be one of the smallest in its segment with it only needing 4.65 meters. The braking system which is one of the most important aspects of any vehicle is also been taken care of aptly with a ventilated disc brake for the front wheels, while the rear end gets drum brakes for efficient braking . While the sturdy suspension of this Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium is a McPherson Strut for the front wheels, whereas the rear ones have torsion beam that takes care of any sudden jerks and potholes this car falls into.
This is the top end version in the diesel line up of this facelifted hatchback model series and obviously is loaded with some wonderful and convenient features. The long list of these features comprise of a tachometer, a powerful and advanced audio system with Aux-in port and four speakers and a roof antenna for FM Radio as well, an efficient air conditioning unit with air filter feature that cools the cabin swiftly and keeps the dust and other substances out of the car, adjustable power steering, all four power windows with the driver side window having auto down and anti pinch functions, luggage lamp for better visibility in the boot, electrically foldable outside rear view mirrors that can be power adjusted from the inside, keyless entry, push button start/stop and a multitudes of such exciting features that will surely entice the customers into buying this adorable hatchback. Apart from all this, the Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium trim also gets Bluetooth connectivity and a multi functional steering wheel with mounted controls for the music system as well as the phone buttons.
The company has put in a lot of effort to make this lovely hatchback, one of the safest cars in the market. The Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium variant has been bestowed with some impressive and robust safety features such as an engine immobilizer, driver side airbag with supplemental restraint system that helps in the deployment of this airbag if there is a severe front impact to the car that diminishes the injury risk considerably, a pair of bright fog lamps in the front bumper along with other features like central door lock, an intelligent key with push button ignition of the car, the driver side power window has an auto down feature with an anti pinch function, child safety locks for the rear doors, powerful halogen headlamps for enhanced visibility for the driver, side and front impact beams, an electrical power steering with tilt adjustment, seat belts for added safety of the passengers, front wash and wiper for the windscreen, while the rear end has a similar wash and wipe feature with a defogger. All this put together in this Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium trim makes it one of the safest and easily maneuverable hatchbacks in the country’s car market.
Pros: Excellent body line, powerful and efficient cooling, exciting interior features, lesser turning radius, good mileage and spacious.
Cons: Engine noise can be reduced, inside plastic quality can be improved a little and the price tag is a little high.