So I finally decided on the Nissan Micra CVT after much deliberation and trial of other notable rival candidates such as Brio AT.
As discussed in another thread, the essential requirements were:
1) Automatic transmission for ease of driving
2) Safety features (ABS
3) Back seat comfort for parents
4) Decent boot space.
The initial choices were AStar, Ritz AT, Brio AT, I-10 Grand AT and of course, Micra CVT. Used up the information provided by fellow members on the forum, and based on the requirements above and test drives the list narrowed down to Brio AT and Micra. The reasons others were rejected were
a)- Poor in terms of back seat comfort
b) poor boot space
c) Does not come with Airbags
d) Model on its way out.
On the flip side, it does feel nippy and solidly built- a rare Maruti in that category.
Ritz AT - has rear seat comfort , boot space and also ABS
but NO airbags. Also, for the price (7.4 OTR) , it felt very poorly equipped- not even an OE music system!
Grand I-10-on the positive side, was well equipped with features, has decent space for rear pax, as well as boot space. It could have very well been the choice but for lack of ABS
and Airbags, hence I opted out.
Brio-AT- now this was well contested and based on various feedbacks, was a close contender. However, three things did not go in its favour
a) Parents felt rear seat comfort in Micra was better as Brio sits a bit crouched.
b) The rear hatch glass felt uncomfortably close to the rear passenger backs.
c) Small boot space.
So we were finally left with the most expensive of the lot!!
Nissan Micra CVT Positives:
1) Comfortable seating for front and rear pax.
2) Smooth CVT response, especially in city driving. Felt like driving an electric motor car almost!!
3) Well equipped with features and safety kit
4) Decent boot space
1) The sea of greige!! Hence I chose seat covers to break that monotony.
2) True keyless entry - still getting used to it.
3) Maxxis tyres- but I have some assurance from fellow member's posts on this one- opinions welcome though!!
I got the vehicle delivered on 16th Dec after all the finance arrangements were completed and RTO documents were furnished.
I took the following accessories :
1) Art Leather seat covers in black-greige combination, something to break the greige monotony and also complement the black AC/Infotainment center.
2) Reverse parking sensors
It cost 7.59 OTR in all.
Will take other accessories as needed such as mats etc. The dealership experience at Oxford Nissan has been good . Staff was courteous, friendly although they did goof up a bit on the colour- I had initially selected the Olive green colour which the SA had "blocked" but then later he said there was some confusion . But Silver was available. So Silver it was! I have never been fussy about colour in my previous car ownerships- except that I do not like loud gaudy ones.
Havent driven much, but enjoyed it so far. I plan to switch to nitrogen for the tyres. I have been advised to maintain 29/30 psi since the average load will be 2 people and occasionally 4. The recommendation is for 44 psi for 3 person load in the rear !
Here are some pics attached. Please excuse the camera quality- will snap better ones with my DSLR later. Update: 16000 Km, 16 months!
: If there was ever an understated and underrated car in the market, it would be the Micra CVT. In the past 16000 km of mostly urban driving, this car has been an absolute revelation. Likes:
1) Smooth engine performance, absolutely no change- feels like a brand new engine.
2) Consistent mileage of approx 14-15 kmpl, occasionally higher during longer runs.
3) Well built body, no rattles, and no loose bits in the interior. Micra is really quite worth the premium.
4) No failures of equipment like AC, music system, zero niggles, faults, malfunctions
5) Most important No unnecessary expenses. Oil change is cheap. My first paid service the other day cost me 2800 Rs including labour. CVT transmission fluid is good for 100000km I am told, and belts to be changed only after 60000 km. Dislikes:
: None really , once you get used to the CVT power delivery.
So in a nutshell- my Micra, while playing the humble hardworking bridesmaid to my other cars (Linea and now Duster), is indeed a delightful piece of equipment in its own right. It deserves this praise.