Okay, allow me to say that I have never been a fan of the Nissan Micra. Its interior may be different, and its ride quality not bad, but its pregnant ant act has done a very good job of putting me off the Micra until now.
And luckily, visions of Micra have been few and far between, though I doubt this will be the case for much longer. The addition of the gutsy little 1,5 dCi to the line-up will certainly do wonders to improve the little car’s street cred.
Tiny diesels are fast becoming all the rage, and with its sporty handling, ready powerplant, and the added stylishness its three doors afford, the Micra should be no exception.
There’s very little juice in this fruit between zero and 2 000 r/min. Initially, this left me wondering whether the shock of driving a Micra had all suddenly become too much for me and I’d somehow forgotten some of the basics. Like how to get a car moving…
But the party starts to come alive over the 2 500-r/min mark, where the Micra’s eagerness to blast off becomes rather hard to contain. Once that torque kicks in, the Micra is a willing participant in those jostles for prime position in the right-hand lane, the little mill urging it on… There’s something very endearing about its bulldog-like tenacity and enthusiasm to please.