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Nissan Micra

Nissan's Micra, has had a midlife family shake-up which sees the current line up extended to include more models.

But the best news is that there has also been a price repositioning with the entry level Micra now selling at a cheap R99 990.

The Micra was launched here in 2004 with two five-door 1.4-litre petrol-engined models, the Comfort and the higher-spec Elegance.

In 2006 the range expanded to five derivatives: the three-door 1.5-litre dCi (diesel) Tekna and the five-door 1.4-litre Acenta +, Acenta, the Acenta Sport and Visia.

The top-of-the-range model is now the new five-door 1.5-litre dCi Acenta+ while the entry level Micra is a new version of the 1.4-litre Visia that sells for less than R100 000.

In between there are the three-door 1,5-litre dCi Tekna, the three-door 1,4-litre Tekna , the five-door 1.4-litre Acenta and the 1.4-litre Visia .

Nissan has packaged the six derivatives in the new range with specification levels and competitive prices that are aimed at offering a solution to most first time buyers.

Speed sensitive electric power steering comes standard and offers maximum assistance at parking speeds, but gradually decreases as speeds rise to give greater steering feel. It provides a highly responsive car that is agile in city driving and stable for open road cruising.

There are advanced braking and driving aids, too, including ABS anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist and electronic brake force distribution (EBD). It also comes with a number of airbags.

The 1.4-litre four cylinder petrol engine, which powers the new entry-level version, develops 65 kW of power and 128 Nm of torque. With its five-speed short-shift manual gearbox the new Micra is responsive and fun to drive.

Top speed is 172 km/h with 0-100 km/h acceleration at 11,9 seconds. Average fuel economy is 6.3 litres/100 km and the fuel tank has a capacity of 46 litres.

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