Macro Value with a 2019 Nissan Micra – Review

By John Hayden

Launched on the Canadian market in 2013, the 2019 Nissan Micra still parks firmly in the $ 10,000+ section of the Hayden Used Car Lot. With the addition of a rear-view camera in 2019 (required as a standard feature by Transport Canada), the barebones Micra S model appeals to DIY enthusiasts who are happy to shift their own gears and roll their windows down by hand during summer drives through Atlantic Canada. Efficient and even entertaining, its oval styling is well proportioned. An agile drive, its five-speed gearbox ensures zippy handling, with a smoothly progressive clutch and sensitive throttle response. With a cleverly designed power-to-weight ratio, its 1.6L engine packs a powerful punch. However, without direct injection, its fuel economy is only 7.9 L/100 km combined – not a deal breaker, but less impressive than its size might indicate.

Nissan Micra Has an Impressive Track Record

Dating back to the 1980s, the Micra has been available in many different iterations: sedan, three-door, and even a convertible. But the Renault-Nissan alliance decided that only the five-door version would be a real money-maker. This gave rise to the fifth generation of the Nissan Micra. Built on a Renault Clio platform, this five-door hatchback was launched at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This was soon followed by the Toronto Auto Show. Since then, it’s ranked consistently as Canada’s Cheap and Cheerful champion.  Its MSRP is about $500 less than its nearest competitor, the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Four Trims in Canada

In Canada, the 2019 Nissan Micra model offers four trims: S Manual; S Auto; SV Auto; and SR Auto, with a top-tier price of $17,600. Only the entry-level S Manual lacks air conditioning. Meanwhile, both top trims are fitted with power windows and door locks, as well as keyless entry, and heated power mirrors. Moving up the trim tier, the Nissan Micra SV is 50% more expensive than its barebones S cousin. However, it brings plenty of upgrades, including a four-speed automatic transmission and an FWD drivetrain. Standard infotainment options include a CD player, auxiliary audio input, and Bluetooth audio, with Apple CarPlay as an optional extra.

Overview of 2019  Nissan Micra Features

Other positive aspects of this sub-compact hatchback include:

  • Safety: Well-endowed for its price, it comes complete with brake assist, traction control, and six airbags, as well as mandatory child seat anchors. An electronic stability system helps offset its tendency to get pushed around by crosswinds;
  • Practicality: Despite its tiny footprint, the 2019 Nissan Micra is extremely functional and surprisingly spacious. Its four doors ensure easy access for three rear seat passengers, with ample legroom and headroom for two in the front;
  • Storage: with the 60/40-split rear seats folded down, this sub-compact hatchback can hold an amazing amount of bulky stuff in the generous 409 litres of its cargo compartment, from sports gear to band amps;
  • Comfort: Uncomplicated heating, ventilation, and audio controls are easy to operate, while upright seats provide firm support with generous good all-round views;

On the Bottom Line

If there’s one word to describe the 2019 Nissan Micra, it’s value. For a low price, buyers get plenty of essentials (but few frills), plus a solid record of reliability. A fun drive, the Nissan Micra is a standout in its category.

Don’t Miss Out

Unable to to comply with BS6 norms,  the 2019 Nissan Micra was discontinued in 2020. So if you’re looking for a fun drive at budget prices, let the sales staff at Hayden, and they’ll keep an eye out for one of these snappy models, tailored to even the tightest budget.


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