Prices Under The Micrascope - The Intelligent Key | Part Two

£7995 also buys a 1.2 S three-door. The 1.0-litre engine is replaced with a new 1.2 litre 80 PS unit and side airbags, three adjustable rear head rests, driver’s seat height adjustment and a 60:40 split folding rear seat are also added – all for £500 over the E. That rear seat does more than just fold. It can be slid backwards to allow rear seated adults to get their size 10s in, or forwards so a baby in an ISOFIX-ed child seat is within easy projectile vomiting distance of its Ma and Pa. More pleasant a proposition is the 371 litres of luggage space that can be freed up and filled with shopping or other leisure pursuit.

The Micra’s increasingly famous Intelligent Key means you never need to plip or poke around again. (A car key, that is.) The SE has it along with a leather bound steering wheel with remote controls for the audio (now 6 speaker) and information computer (also an SE addition), body coloured and electrically adjustable door mirrors, driver’s lumbar adjustment, more luxurious upholstery with part leather trim, and 15" wheels. The 13 litre glovebox gains an A4 (as in paper rather than Audi) sized storage tray and the front passenger seat base flips up to reveal a 10-litre bin – Nissan recommends that the front seat passenger be removed first… The SE also gets air conditioning, automatic rain sensing windscreen wipers and a rear wiper that does a sweep when reverse gear is selected and the front ones are on. All very clever. And all for a nice round £1000 more than the Micra S.

For an equally circular £1000, the ultimate Micras are available: the SX or SVE. Both add 15" alloy wheels and electronic climate control that’s like air conditioning only less effortsome and more exclusive as few small cars offer it. But none with lovely Japanese influenced ‘ivory’ switches like the Micra. So there. In addition, the SVE has ultrasonic rear parking sensors to make parking more of a miss than hit affair. Instead the SX has dark tinted headlights, front fog lights, a rear spoiler and funky ‘Metropolis’ seat trim which the SVE doesn’t. Think of the SX as the sharpest looking of the Micra range and you’d be on the right lines. Or curves.

Published 15 November 2002 Melanie Carter
 

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