For security reasons, Nissan opted for a hard top rather than a canvass roof.
For security reasons, Nissan opted for a hard top rather than a canvass roof. It folds in two parts and is fully automatic. There are no latches to undo, all it takes is a push of the button between the front seats and 22 seconds later, the roof is neatly tucked away. It is possible to do this at speeds of up to 3mph. Should the system fail there is a manual backup but it would be wise to read the instructions before touching anything.
The roof features C-View, which is an area of thermally insulated glass for when it’s too cold or wet to go topless and there’s a retractable sunblind should it ever be too sunny.
The main drawback to a convertible is the loss of boot space. However, according to Nissan, The C+C has a ‘class-leading’ boot capacity of 255-litres under a flexible partition, when the roof is stowed. When the roof is up, the area increases to 457-litres. The boot lid is one of those clever units that opens one way to accept the roof and in the traditional manner to swallow luggage.
I would have preferred more space for the rear passengers, but because of the size of the roof, it isn’t possible. The Micra C+C is billed as having 2+2 seating but with two adults in the front there is not enough legroom for even a small child in the rear.
The front seats are comfortable and nicely supportive and the passenger seat has an under-squab storage tray for valuables that locks in tandem with the central locking so it is possible to leave the car open when unattended.
Nissan Micra Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Nissan Micra C+C 1.6 Essenza|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||50.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 mile warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 29/04/06)||£15,250|