The 2015 Nissan Micra is great little peppy ride with a surprisingly spacious interior and a great entry level price. For those looking to get into a brand new car and without the need for all the bells and whistles, the 2015 Micra provides an affordable option with the base model S starting at $9,998.
All levels of the 2015 Nissan Micra are equipped with the 1.6L four cylinder engine, outputting 106 horsepower and paired to a 5 speed manual transmission (automatic is an optional upgrade). This is the same engine as the 2015 Nissan Versa Note, but placed into a smaller, lighter vehicle it gives the 2015 Micra a zippy acceleration and more than enough power for overtaking.
The 1.6L engine provides a smooth ride for its passengers, with power at hand, but the trade off is a louder than expected engine noise inside the cabin. Where the 2015 Nissan Micra truly shines is in its fuel economy. Although the posted ratings are 6.6 L/100km on the highway and 8.6 L/100km in the city, our combined 300km test drive yielded a pleasing 6.2 L/100km.
When viewing the petite frame of the 2015 Micra from the outside, you will be surprised at the spacious interior for its passengers. The front offers plenty of leg and head room due to the raised dash and lowered center console, while rear passengers can enjoy ample legroom (much better than comparables in its class). I was also surprised by the spacious cargo area, with even more room for awkward sized cargo by folding down the rear seats. I was able to easily fit two full sets of golf clubs while only folding down one side of the rear seats.
Sitting in the driver’s seat, you will notice the great field of view around the vehicle and will find that the manoeuvrability is superb without even needing a backup camera. Although the interior storage is adequate, the cup holders are slightly out of reach and as the driver you will have to stretch a bit to get to them.
The base model 2015 Nissan Micra really reminds you of the conveniences of modern day technology, like power windows, mirrors and locks, keyless entry, Bluetooth and USB as the base model Micra S does not provide any of these. Power options require an upgrade to the SV model and a USB comes with an upgrade to the SR model, where at this price range other vehicle options may become a better choice.
That being said, I do like that the customer has the option to get the bare bones version for an economical price. There were some features I thought should be included even in the base model, to keep up with modern day technology. USB is the go to port for cell phones and other electronics and the lack of power locks makes access to the rear seats very difficult.
The interior materials used in the 2015 Nissan Micra are decent quality, but I would have liked to see firmer seat cushions to make the longer drives more comfortable.
I’m pleased to say that one thing that Nissan doesn’t compromise on with the 2015 Micra is safety. Standard on all models are dual stage front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and side curtain airbags for all passengers front and rear.
If you are looking for a basic car for A to B type travel and don’t want to risk issues with a used car, the 2015 Nissan Micra is a great option to get into a brand new car starting at only $9,998. Zippy acceleration, a spacious interior for the size of the car and uncompromised safety make the 2015 Micra a solid choice.