Micra Acenta 1.2 DIG-S
is on a super charge
with its latest Micra, the 1.2 DIG-S
a small city-car
that packs a performance punch...
FOLLOWING HOT ON THE HEELS of the latest generation Micra automatic, which
went on sale in early 2011, the petrol-drinking supercharged Micra comes with
a five-speed manual gearbox to widen the appeal of this versatile, cheap-to-buy-and-run,
The Micra's 1,198cc direct injection, three-cylinder petrol engine is fitted
with a small supercharger that not only boosts power over the standard engine
by 22% to deliver 96bhp but in the process improves driveability and economy
as well as keeping emissions below the tax-critical 100g/km ceiling.
As you'd expect, the DIG-S is equipped with stop & start technology along
with a regenerative alternator to minimise fuel wastage. The three-pot engine
serves up the performance usually found in a normally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol
engine: a top speed of 112mph and 0-62mph done and dusted in 11.3 seconds.
it does so with the economy usually found in a diesel unit: Nissan claims the
DIG-S will return 54.3mpg in the urban cycle; an extra-urban consumption of
76.4mpg; and a combined 65.7mpg.
zero road tax and exclusion from London's congestion charging in its favour,
as well as the cost of fuel now that diesel is more expensive than petrol, Nissan
believes the DIG-S will attract more buyers to the brand.
3-cylinder engine is surprisingly smooth
and remarkably lively
theres no hesitation
in getting away,
momentum going or
supplying more power
when you need it...
The DIG-S dresses in a more aerodynamic body with some subtle changes to the
front and rear ends. Equipment depends on which of the three trim grades is
chosen: Visia (£11,150), Acenta (£12,150) or Tekna (£13,650).
First impressions are good. The three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine is surprisingly
smooth and, enhanced by the supercharger, remarkably lively and responsive
there's no hesitation in getting away, keeping the momentum going or supplying
more power when you need it.
The light and direct five-speed manual 'box is a good match thanks to its ease
and precision although more than once I wished for a sixth gear, particularly
on a long stretch of motorway.
While the engine gave no audible signs of stress at higher speeds, a glance
at the hit the fuel consumption had taken (compared to the give-and-take conditions
on semi-urban roads) highlights that the DIG-S is in its element at lower speeds
overall I managed 47.7mpg against the official combined figure
A very tight turning circle (of just 4.65m) underscores the supercharged Micra's
urban credentials without making it too twitchy at speed; the adjustable steering
column is convenient and the brakes are very smooth and powerful for this size
The seats are supportive and ride quality is reasonably good the
DIG-S did roll noticeably on tighter bends but nevertheless feels agile. Visibility
is very good and general noise levels are all very low although there is noise
intrusion from the suspension.
With ample oomph, low emissions, low taxes and high levels of equipment, the
Micra DIG-S is a sophisticated small car and a definite front-runner for commuting.
Micra Acenta 1.2 DIG-S | £12,150
Maximum speed: 112mph | 0-62mph: 11.3 seconds | Overall test MPG: 47.7mpg
Power: 96bhp | Torque: 104lb ft | CO2 99g/km