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Compare Volkswagen Polo Vs Nissan Micra

Snapshot: We compare the specifications of two hottest hatchs in the Indian market - Volkswagen Polo and the Nissan Micra and find out the better car.

Volkswagen Polo is smart and plush hatchback, which promises comfort with understated style and two engine options- petrol and diesel. On the other hand, Nissan Micra as well is proffered with both engine options and the cute looks are the highlights. The interior space is a bit compact, but it doesn’t compromise on the interior space and occupants's comfort. The detailed specification sheet here will portray a better comparison picture of both hatchbacks.

Volkswagen Polo Safety vs. Nissan Micra Safety

  • Number of Airbags
    2
    2
  • Airbags
    Driver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag
    Driver frontal airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag
  • Engine Immobilizer
    Yes
    Yes
  • Parking Assistance
    Yes, Rear sensors
    Yes, Rear sensors with camera
  • Child Safety Locks
    Yes
    No
  • Door Ajar Warning
    Yes
    Yes
  • Central Locking
    Yes
    Yes
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
    Yes
    Yes
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
    No
    Yes with Brake Assist

Volkswagen Polo Exterior vs. Nissan Micra Exterior

  • Headlights
    Halogen
    Halogen
  • Front Fog Lights
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Wash / Wiper
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Defogger
    Yes
    Yes
  • Wheels
    Alloy
    Alloy
  • ORVMs (Outside Rear-view Mirrors)
    Internal adjustment - Electric
    Internal adjustment - Electric with Folding
  • Turn Indicators on ORVMs
    Not on Offer
    No

Volkswagen Polo Interior vs. Nissan Micra Interior

  • Power Windows
    All Windows
    All Windows
  • Power Steering
    Yes, Electric Power
    Yes, Electric Power
  • Instrument Console
    Analog + Digital
    Analog + Digital
  • Multifunction Display
    Yes
    Yes
  • Adjustable Steering Column
    Yes, Rake, Reach
    Yes, Rake
  • Seats Material
    Fabric
    Fabric
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
    Yes
    No
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
    Yes
    Yes
  • Sun Visor
    Driver & Front Passenger
    Driver & Front Passenger
  • Seat Height Adjustment
    Manual Adjustment
    Manual Adjustment
  • Start / Stop Button
    No
    Yes
  • Rear Center Armrest
    No
    No
  • Clock
    Yes, Digital
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Volkswagen Polo Comfort vs. Nissan Micra Comfort

  • Navigation System
    No
    No
  • Ventilation System
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
  • Automatic Headlamps
    No
    No
  • Boot-lid Opener
    Internal, With Remote
    Internal, With Remote
  • Fuel-lid Opener
    Push to Open
    Internal
  • 12v Power Outlet
    Yes
    Yes
  • Second Row AC Vents
    No
    No
  • Adjustable Headrests
    Yes, All Rows
    Yes, All Rows
  • CD / MP3 / DVD Player
    Yes
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    Yes
    Yes
  • Bluetooth
    Yes
    Yes
  • USB Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • iPod Compatibility
    No
    No
  • Aux-in Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Cup Holders
    Yes, Front
    Yes, Front
  • Keyless Entry
    Yes, Remote
    Yes, Smart key
  • Cooled Glovebox
    No
    No
  • Infotainment Screen
    No
    No

Volkswagen Polo Instrumentation vs. Nissan Micra Instrumentation

  • Tachometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Odometer
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Average Fuel Consumption
    Yes
    No
  • Average Speed
    No
    Yes
  • Tripmeter
    Yes
    Yes, 2
  • Distance to Empty
    Yes
    Yes
  • Fuel Gauge
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Engine Malfunction Light
    Yes
    Yes
  • Speedometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Key Off Reminder
    No
    Yes
  • Headlight Reminder
    No
    Yes
  • Low Fuel Warning
    Yes
    Yes
  • Fasten Seat Belt Warning
    Yes
    Yes

Volkswagen Polo Dimensions and Weights vs. Nissan Micra Dimensions and Weights

  • Length
    3971 mm
    3825 mm
  • Width
    1682 mm
    1665 mm
  • Height
    1469 mm
    1530 mm
  • Wheelbase
    2469 mm
    2450 mm
  • Ground Clearance
    165 mm
    165 mm
  • Kerb Weight
    1158 kg (Diesel) / 1066 kg (Petrol)
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  • Boot Space
    280 litres
    251 litres
  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    45 litres
    41 litres

Volkswagen Polo Body vs. Nissan Micra Body

  • Seating Capacity
    5
    5
  • Body Type
    Hatchback
    Hatchback
  • Doors
    5
    5

Volkswagen Polo Engine vs. Nissan Micra Engine

  • Cylinder Configuration
    In-line
    In-line
  • Cylinders
    4
    4
  • Displacement
    1396 cc (Diesel) / 1198 cc (Petrol)
    1461 cc (Diesel) / 1198 cc (Petrol)
  • Power (PS @ RPM)
    90@4000 (Diesel) / 75@5400 (Petrol)
    64@4000 (Diesel) / 77@6000 (Petrol)
  • Torque (Nm@RPM)
    230@1500-2500 (Diesel) / 110@3750 (Petrol)
    160@2000 (Diesel) / 104@4000 (Petrol)
  • Engine Location
    Front, Transverse
    Front, Transverse
  • Fuel System
    Injection
    Injection
  • Emission Norm
    BS IV g/km
    BS IV g/km
  • Fuel Type
    Diesel / Petrol 
    Diesel / Petrol
  • ARAI Certified Mileage
    20.14 km/litre (Diesel) / 16.47 km/litre (Petrol)
    23.08 km/litre (Diesel) / 19.34 km/litre (Petrol)

Volkswagen Polo Transmission vs. Nissan Micra Transmission

  • Drivetrain
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
  • Type
    Manual
    Manual
  • Gears
    5 (Diesel) / 5 (Petrol)
    5 (Diesel) / 5 (Petrol)

Volkswagen Polo Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Nissan Micra Brakes/Wheels and Tyres

  • Front Brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes
    Drum
    Drum
  • Front Tyre & Rim
    185/60R15 Alloy
    175/60 R15 Alloy
  • Rear Tyre & Rim
    185/60R15 Alloy
    175/60 R15 Alloy

The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Polo Highline Petrol with Micra XV Petrol and Polo Highline Diesel with Micra XV Premium Diesel. Compare full features of the cars by clicking here.

Volkswagen Polo Vs Nissan Micra (Design and Exteriors)

The design engineers of Volkswagen have made Polo a very beautiful hatchback when it comes to looks. The façade of Polo comes with large sized halogen headlights that are designed to harmonize the strong and bold character lines. The fog lamps are in higher variants and the dual beam facility is handy in all variants not including the base trim Trendline. The grille with chrome inserts and body colored bumper is attractive. The 15 inches of alloy wheels are fitted into the wheel arches enhances the side profile like a start. You would find a pair of 14 inches alloys wheels in Comfortline variant. Furthermore, the body colored door handles and sleek ORVMs with turn blinkers add on to the side profile. On the rear, a perfect blend of sophistication and sportiness can be found. The tail lights are pleasant accompanied by LED high mounted stop lamp.

The exteriors of Nissan Micra are eye-catching and certainly one of the high points here. The new variant accompanied by an exclusive edition called X-shift is pleasing. This particular variant has a different appearance as compared to the existing one. The body graphics on the side and roof has black wrap. Apart from this, the car is similar to the outgoing model. The façade has chrome inserts on the grille along with big headlights. The side has ORVMs with turn blinkers and door handles dipped in body colored. Full wheel covers in chosen variants only. The rear has LED combination lamp along with a huge rear glass that takes away the show. The spoiler is sporty and roof rails augment the entire persona of the car to a next level. The tinted glass windows with front fog lamps are amongst few other features of the car.

Volkswagen Polo Vs Nissan Micra (Interiors and Features)

On the inside, Volkswagen Polo is a total delight to travel in. the car is blessed with numerous comfort features, which makes the occupants feel contended and relaxed during the ride. The front cabin has a widespread dashboard that incorporates a lot of things. The manual air conditioning system does wonders when it cools down the cabin in minutes. On the other hand, the glove box here has the capacity to hold a lot of stuff, and the multifunctional power steering wheel in the top end variant has been fixed with audio and call controls. The infotainment section is jam packed with a 2-Din music system with CD/Mp3 player, Aux-in and USB support. The Bluetooth connectivity can be found in the top end trim of the hatchback. Ample of legroom and headroom for the occupants is another perk along with copious amount of boot space.

The comfort level in Nissan Micra is no less. The interiors are a perfect amalgamation of sophistication and user friendly comfort traits. The power steering wheel is multifunctional that has audio and call button installed on it. The tilt steering facility makes it easy for the driver to glide through heavy traffic conditions. The air conditioning system in the base and mid variants is manual, while automated one is present in the top end trim. Both are equally efficient. Furthermore, the car’s top end variants come with electrically adjustable ORVMs, height adjustable driver’s seat, electric park feature, auto anti-dazzle mirror, rear view camera, reverse camera, remote keyless entry, 2-DIN music system with Bluetooth connectivity, rear windshield with defroster, parking assistance system and more.

Volkswagen Polo Vs Nissan Micra (Engine, Transmission & Gearbox)

Volkswagen Polo is offered in both diesel and petrol engine options. The petrol variant of Polo has 1.2-Litre 1198cc petrol motor. With the collection of 3-cylinders and 12 valves, the motor is powerful and decent. It has the capability to deliver power output of 75PS along with generating torque of 110Nm. The diesel trims on the other hand are offered in two choices. The GT variants have a sturdy and adept 1498cc motor that produces 105PS power and 250Nm torque. The 1.5Litre TDI motor has 1498cc displacement. It churns out peak power of 90Ps and 230Nm torque. Both the engines are tied with five speed manual transmission.

Nissan Micra doesn’t let down and is also proffered with both diesel and petrol engines. The petrol variant has been equipped with 1.2-Litre 1198cc engine featuring 3 cylinders and 12 valves configuration. The engine produces maximum power of 76PS and 104Nm torque. There is also an automatic variant of Micra that allows the hatchback to deliver 77PS power and 104Nm of torque.  The diesel variants of Micra are equally powerful and promise a good performance on road. It has been installed with 1.5-Litre 1461cc engine, which comfortably gives away good power and torque.

Volkswagen Polo Vs Nissan Micra (Mileage and Safety)

Volkswagen Polo delivers splendid mileage numbers. The petrol variants comfortably give away a great mileage of 16.47kmpl. On the other hand, the GT trims in diesel give out 19.91kmpl of mileage and the variants with 1.5-Litre turbocharged direct injection fuel supply brings in a high-flying mileage figure of 22kmpl.

Nissan Micra that has been installed with 1.2-Litre petrol engine gives away fuel economy of 18.44kmpl, whilst the automatic variants have the capacity to deliver a whooping mileage with 19.34kmpl. The diesel variants of the car manage to deliver 23.08kmpl of fuel economy.

Volkswagen Polo is a safe car, which has been integrated with ample of safety traits. These safety features establish the safety of the car and occupants.  if we talk about the top trim of Polo, it has been equipped with prominent and very much functional fog lamps (front and rear), dual SRS airbags, 3-point seat belts for the front seats, electronic brake force distribution system, anti-lock braking system and brake assist accompanied by anti-pinch power windows. In addition, features like engine immobilizer, speed sensing auto door locks, central locking system, etc, are also in attendance in all the variants of Volkswagen Polo.

The safety segment of Nissan Micra is modest and prudent. The substantial and tenacious construction of Micra is certainly a highlight of the hatchback. Excluding this, the top end trims of Nissan Micra are outfitted with some exclusive features such as dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake force distribution system and brake assist. This ABS and EBD ascertain that the car doesn’t slip when urgent brakes are applied. What’s more here is that the firm doesn’t disenchant and blessed the variants with some important safety features. These include in central locking system, 3-point seat belts, child safety locks, headlight on warning indicator, engine immobilizer, driver’s seat belt warning, auto touchdown button for power windows on the driver’s side and more.

Verdict

Volkswagen Polo and Nissan Micra are appealing hatchbacks in their own unique ways. However, one is obviously dominating the other. If budget is not a big issue, then Volkswagen Polo is the a great choice. It offers style, comfort, safety and most importantly pleasure of driving. However, the looks of Nissan Micra are a highlight and combined with the automatic variant that it offers makes it an equally irresistable buy. 

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