The Nissan Micra Urbis (2006)

Nissan Micra Urbis

Nissan Micra

Take one Micra 1.2 S priced at £8730, add £500 worth of air conditioning and £325 of rear parking sensors, and you have a £9555 Micra. Or so you’d think. Instead you have a £7995 Micra 1.2 Urbis. And £1560 in your pocket.

The Micra Urbis will be available for the foreseeable future in four different versions: 1.2 three- and five-door with manual or automatic transmission. For automatic transmission, add £900. For five-doors, add £650. For electric front windows, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, a CD player, keyless entry, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, side airbags, rear sliding seat, and a ‘Friendly’ lighting system that allows you to leave your headlights on for 30 seconds after arriving home … add nothing.

Urbis may be Latin for ‘city’ but there’s nothing extinct about the Micra’s city loving design. Distinct, more like. Its standout styling was recently refreshed by Nissan’s London design centre and incorporated upgrades to refinement and driving characteristics engineered in Nissan’s Bedfordshire technical centre. An 80PS 1.2-litre engine gives 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle with manual transmission. And at a little over 3.7m long with rear parking sensors plus a 9.2m turning circle, the Sunderland built Micra is easily parked on-street or off. A height of 1.54m, though, gives plenty of headroom for big hair dos. Or a big head, for which you can be forgiven having saved £1560.

Published 28 January 2006 Melanie Carter

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