Nissan Micra 1.0 IG-T 100 and DIG-T 117 2019 Road Test

The 2019 Nissan Micra has just been refreshed with two new 1.0 litre engines and the option of an automatic transmission. Both 999c chain cam 3-cylinder turbos with an integrated exhaust manifold ‘delta’ head, the more powerful 117PS has direct injection whereas the 100PS uses multipoint injection to squirt the fuel/air mixture into the combustion chambers via the inlet valves.

Nissan Micra 2019 100 Engine Turbo And Wastegate Actuator

The 117 gets a 6-speed manual transmission, whereas the 100 makes do with 5-speeds or a new ‘D-Step’ 7 ratio CVT. There are lots of trim variations but before that we’ll get the engines and powertrains covered.

Nissan Micra 2019 117 Cockpit Alcantara

First off, the ‘warm hatch’ 117 that’s up against the Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 125, the Suzuki Baleno 1.0T Boosterjet, the Citroen C3 1.2 Puretech 110, and VAG 1.0 litre offerings such as the Audi A1, VW Polo SEAT Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.

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It’s okay. Performs decently. Handles nicely with proper ‘feel’ through the wheel. The seats are comfortable, but the ride on 205/45 R17 tyres is only slightly better than you would expect. 32.5mph per 1,000rpm in 6th and 41.8mpg on the dashmeter.

Nissan Micra 2019 Auto Dash Trim 2

Next up, the 100PS multipoint ‘stepped’ CVT. That was a revelation. Very pleasant, fuss free, rode nicely on 195/55 R16s, handled a little better than the 117 on 17s and the stepped gearchange gave a very passable imitation of a 7-speed torque converter auto. We saw 38.6mpg on the dashmeter. 

Nissan Micra 2019 17-inch Wheel

Finally, the 100PS 5-speed manual, unfortunately on 17s again. It’s a bit shorter geared than the 117 at 28mph per 1,000rpm in 5th, but it works fine with a pleasant ‘thrummy’ 3-cylinder engine note. No ball of fire, of course, but just nice and perfectly adequate. We saw 44mpg out in the country, but that dropped to 41.5 due to some very heavy city centre traffic. Multipoint rather than direct fuel injection means no fear of the inlet valves becoming choked with carbon.

All Micras come with a much coveted but rapidly disappearing handbrake rather than something irritating and electromechanical.

Nissan Micra 2019 Gearlever And Handbrake

They also have unusually deep sunvisors that overcome the common complaint at this time of year of dazzlingly low sunlight.

Nissan Micra 2019 Big Sunvisor 1

The old 71PS non turbo 1.0 3-cylinder engine remains at the bottom of the range. And, for the time being at least, the 1,461cc dCI 90 diesel continues to be available.

For specs and variations (they’re mind-blowingly complicated), please read the specs section.

If there’s a fault, it’s one shared with most small cars of this size: the room inside the car, especially the rear seat legroom that falls far short of the space inside a Honda Jazz or a Suzuki Baleno.

Nissan Micra 2019 117 Alcantara Rear Seat

You don't get a spare wheel of any kind.

Nissan Micra 2019 117 Spare Wheel Well

And then there’s the price. Like the 2017 Micra, the revamped 2019 is far from a bargain basement car especially when you add a few extras; but then neither is the new Ford Fiesta. Buy on a PCP and you’re less likely to notice the damage.

(For those buying used you’ll find our original 2017 K14 Micra range road test here.)

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