It means this is no scorching pocket rocket, more of a nippy sports model designed to inject some fun into the Micra range and, if you believe Nissan, challenge the might of the MINI One in the hearts and minds of user-choosers.
Ultimately, the little Nissan just doesn’t have enough presence to bother the hugely popular MINI, but it can give it a run for its money in terms of driving fun. With 108bhp and a kerb weight of just over a tonne to lug about, the Micra 160SR offers zesty performance in a fun chassis.
With lowered and stiffened suspension over standard Micras, and a steering rack with more feel engineered in, it offers a real fun drive.
While it is not blisteringly quick, the chassis and steering let you have a lot of fun behind the wheel without reaching silly speeds.
It also looks pretty cool, thanks to its 16-inch alloy wheels finished in a graphite grey colour, front, side and tailgate spoilers and dark tinted headlamp lenses. The sporty theme continues inside, with aluminium pedals, bespoke instruments, while there’s a generous list of standard equipment featuring a CD player, automatic wipers and air conditioning.
The price is pretty good, too. The three-door version costs £9,995 on-the-road, which undercuts the MINI One by £785.
If it’s affordable, fun driving you want, the Micra 160SR is worth considering. But if it’s street cred you’re after, spend the extra on the MINI.
Engine (cc): 1,598
Max power (bhp/rpm): 108/6,000
Max torque (lb-ft/rpm): 113/4,400
Max speed (mph): 114
0-62mph (sec): 9.8
Fuel consumption (mpg) : 42.8
CO2 emissions (g/km): 158
On sale: Now. Prices (OTR): £9,995 (3dr), £10,645 (5dr)