Nissan Micra Sport

The refreshed Micra has only been out a week but Nissan has wasted no time in launching a dressed up version with a toned down price. Badged the Sport+ and based on the Sport, this six model range-within-a-range each saves the buyer £1735.

Prices start at £8795 for the 80PS 1.2 three-door. That’s £985 less than the Sport on which it’s based, on top of which Nissan has thrown in an Urban Sport pack worth £750 containing the 16" graphite coloured alloy wheels from the 160SR, aluminium look pedals, Sport+ badging and air conditioning. For another £300, Nissan will exchange the 1.2 for an 88PS 1.4-litre engine. Or for £800 more (that’s £9895 in total), there’s the option of the frugal 82PS dCi motor with an average fuel consumption of 62.3mpg and plenty of diesel pull. Five door versions of each add £650.

Externally, this Micra Sport is almost indistinguishable from the 160SR ‘street racer’ with bigger impact absorbing bumpers, dark tinted headlamps, front spot lamps, side sills and tailgate spoiler. Under its curvy skin, the special Micra has all the added refinements of the refreshed range such as better sound proofing, stiffened internal panels and new door seals. Boring stuff, maybe, but it gives this small car big car hush.

Nissan has been to town with this limited edition Micra dressing it up with an in-dash 6CD autochanger, a leather steering wheel, one touch up/down electric windows, air conditioning, driver info computer and electric door mirrors. The driver’s accessories can go in the 13 litre glovebox. Or there’s another secret storage area for a pair of shoes or a camera, say - can’t tell you where it is or it won’t be a secret any more.

If you like leather on your chairs as well as your feet, Nissan offers hide seats for £850. And if air conditioning isn’t enough, an electric sunroof can also be added for £375.

All six versions are available on Preferences, Nissan’s personal leasing plan, with a 0% finance over two years and zero deposit making it even easier to SHIFT_ into a new Micra. Remember, though, these city slicking Micras are only available for a limited time.

To read our in depth road test of the Nissan Micra [ click here ]


Published : 23/06/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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