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by George Skentzos

When looks aren’t everything, the new Nissan Micra is the perfect super-small hatch to make stressful city driving a breeze.

There are sure to be some who would label the new five-door Micra as ‘cute’ – even chic, although most would agree, the Micra is certainly not your average hatchback.

2008 Nissan Micra

It seems Nissan has designed the Micra to stop rather than go, formerly tedious city driving is a breeze with the four-speed auto taking the stress out of stop-start motoring, whilst speed sensitive electric power steering means parking is effortless – especially when you take into account the fact that it is only 3.7 metres long and 1.6 metres wide.

β€œIt’s the ideal solution for city drivers who want a neat compact car with all of the trimmings, but at a very competitive price,”

It is powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine which churns out a relaxed 72kW and 137Nm, easily getting the feather-weight 965kg Micra off the line and through the rush-hour traffic using only 6.8-litres of fuel per 100km.

2008 Nissan Micra

In the Micra the journey is just as important as the destination, with air conditioning and power windows standard to ensure stress-free transit, as well an an MP3 compatible stereo to keep you entertained.

Standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, active front headrests and dual airbags.

2008 Nissan Micra

The $1,700 Micra City Collection option package adds dual side airbags and curtain airbags as well as 15-inch alloy wheels and an MP3 compatible 6-stacker CD sound system.

With a starting price of just $14,990 Micra buyers will have plenty of cash left over for shopping centre forays.






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