The Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech-Driven
by Lebohang Kobeli
This past week I had pleasures of driving the Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech, The well-built Nissan Micra brings futuristic looks and a stylish interior to the b segment. The Nissan Micra is a stylish small car that’s comfortable and quiet to drive. The cabin is as eye-catching as its exterior with colourful trims, energy orange being the colour to catch your eyes from the moment you step into the car.
The Nissan Micra’s cabin doesn’t just look good but all the switches feel solid and both the driver’s seat and the sporty steering wheel comes with loads of adjustment so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable. This is a good note to make for all my fellow tall humans.
The instrument cluster display has been redesigned to show additional information when receiving phone calls or SMS text messages. State-of-the-art voice-recognition technology has been added to the Micra, with voice commands accessed through the revised steering wheel buttons. Making phone calls, having messages read out loud or controlling music can all now be carried out by voice command.
Nissan’s all-new infotainment system with significantly enhanced functionality is now available in the Micra hatchback. Known as NissanConnect is an all-new advanced infotainment system which further enhances the relationship between the driver and the vehicle. The benefit is a seamless and intuitive integration of their smartphone with the vehicle. It comes standard with the Nissan Micra’s Display Audio, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto* it’s a smarter, safer way to use your phone while driving.
That’s not all, the Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech now has NIM (Nissan Intelligent Mobility), which includes Blind Spot Warning which boosts your vision: the system will warn you if there are vehicles in the blind spots diagonally behind the car. Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking which uses radar technology to monitor the vehicle in front of you, and provides audible & visual warnings prompting the driver to react to avoid a possible frontal collision. Upon driver intervention failure, the vehicle will apply braking to avoid or reduce the severity of the collision
The Nissan Micra’s 300-litre boot is pretty practical. It’s a little bigger than the ones in an Opel, Polo or Suzuki Swift. The back seats are foldable for you to add further items should the boot space run out.
The Nissan Micra Acenta Plus Tech drives quite comfortably and is efficient, the 0.9-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine that pushes outputs of 66kW and 140Nm of torque gives you instant acceleration with a dynamic performance which provides the perfect balance between agility and excitement. Driving assistance features such as Hill Start Assist (HSA): Holds the vehicle when stationary without the driver needing to keep a foot on the brake or apply the parking brake. Intelligent Trace Control delivers confident handling around corners. It adjusts the brake pressure on individual wheels to help keep you on an optimal line through turns. It also has
It also has Intelligent Ride Control applying subtle braking to prevent unpleasant upper body motion over bumps and enhances the overall comfort of your ride.
Is parallel parking a problem for you? Well, the Micra has a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors to give you further confidence when backing up, but when it comes to parking, it’s nice to see more than just what’s directly behind you. The Micra’s Class-Exclusive Around-View Monitor uses four cameras that give you a virtual 360-degree bird’s-eye view of your vehicle, with selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear, and curbside views, so you can get a better look. And since all obstacles aren’t stationary (like a shopping trolley). Moving Object Detection helps keep an eye around your Micra, and warns you about moving objects detected nearby.
The Nissan Micra is covered by Nissan Assured and comes with a six-year/150,000km warranty; a three-year/90,000km service plan; and 24/7 roadside assistance. The one on test goes for R299 999.