There’s a new Nissan Micra set to arrive in SA eventually, but while it hasn’t arrived just yet, a new variant of the old Micra has been released to keep the range fresh until the new model gets here. The Nissan Micra Active targets youthful buyers and looks to lure buyers away from alternatives like the VW Polo Vivo, Suzuki Celerio, and Renault Sandero.
Upgraded Interior and Exterior
The Nissan Micra Active receives what Nissan deem as sportier upgrades both inside and out. But on the inside, the biggest upgrade is a new touch screen radio system with TomTom navigation. We’ve sampled this system several times in other cars such as the Subaru WRX, and whilst it’s not the most advanced, it’s a welcome upgrade and features full Bluetooth compatibility with audio streaming. Other interior upgrades include new cloth upholstery and a new centre stack to house the new radio system.
Interior features include manual air conditioning, front power windows, a 12-volt socket, steering wheel adjustment, and foldable rear seats. Safety features include ABS with EBD and brake assist, driver and passenger airbags, and remote central locking. Optional extras are limited to a reverse camera, rear park distance sensors, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
To set the Nissan Micra Active apart, the grille has been re-designed to host the circular badge in a chrome V-shaped motif. The bonnet, front fenders, headlamps, and front and rear bumpers have also received minor revisions.
But beneath the surface, the Micra Active remains the same Micra we know. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre 4 cylinder engine, with outputs of 56kW and 104Nm. A 5-speed manual gearbox is the only gearbox option. 14-inch steel wheels are standard, with 165/70 profile tyres.
Price, Warranty, and Servicing
The Nissan Micra Active is available for R159 900, and comes with a standard 3-year/90 000km service plan and a 6-year/150 000km warranty.