2014 Nissan March Review

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  • Nissan, Nissan March
  • Petrol
  • 1,200 cc

The Nissan March is a small car that offers so many benefits for people looking for economy and affordability. It is best suited for urban commute but it can be used for occasional long distance travel. It has undergone major improvements over the years to improve its overall quality and reliability. It competes with the Suzuki Alto, Toyota Passo and Mitsubishi Mirage.

  • Body Type: Hatchback
  • Extras: Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Safety Features: 3 Point seat belts with ELR, ABS, EBD, SRS Airbags
  • Exterior Features: Alloy Rims(optional)
  • Interior Features: Air Condition, CD/Radio player, USB Charging Ports

Detailed Review

The Nissan March is a Japanese mini that has been in production for five generations. The fourth generation known as K13 that has been in production from 2010 to 2017. The fifth generation known as K14  has been in production from 2017 till present.

The 2014 Nissan March is offered with a three cylinder 1.2 Litre HR12DE engine that is linked to an EXTRONIC CVT transmission. The Nissan March is a super efficient car that employs an idling stop feature that switches off the engine when the car is not in motion.

Nissan March

2014 Nissan March Grades

  1. Nissan March 12S – This is the base model that comes with 13-Inch steel rims, Keystart, Manual AC, Radio/CD Player, monochrome seats and no idling stop
  2. Nissan March 12X – This is the mid level model that comes with 13-Inch steel rims, smart start, manual AC, DVD Player, monochrome seats and idling stop
  3. Nissan March 12G – This is the luxury model that comes with 14-Inch alloy rims, smart start, automatic AC, DVD Player, navigation, bichrome seats, idling stop, curtain airbags,
  4. Nissan March 12X FOUR – This is the 4WD version of the 12X
  5. Nissan March 12G FOUR – This is the 4WD version of the 12G
  6. Nissan March Bolero – This is a specialized model that Nissan classifies as a Life Care Vehicle (LV). It comes with extra features such as rotating seats that are friendly to disabled people. The body styling is also different and is distinguished by a mesh grille.

2014 Nissan March Interior
The Nissan March is by no means a roomy car. It is best suited for light urban use where commute times are short. At the front row, the driver’s seat offers minimal horizontal movement and is not ideal for tall people. The passenger seat offers better legroom and can seat a tall person. At the rear, the seats are modestly spaced.

Nissan March first row seats

2014 Nissan March Second Row

Cabin Storage
There are several storage compartments in the cabin that are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. At the first row, there are 2 cup-holders, door panel storage and a glovebox. For the second row, there is one cup holder and front seat jacket pockets(only on the 12G)

Nissan March door storage

2014 Nissan March Boot Space
The boot is small but when extra space is required, the rear seats can fold flat.

Nissan March Boot

Extras: Navigation, Alloy Rims

Nissan March Safety Features: SRS Airbags, ABS, EBD, 3 Point seat belts with ELR

2014 Nissan March Exterior
The exterior design is conservative with a similarity to the Mini Cooper. The chrome trim on some higher grades gives it a much needed sparkle and color contrast.

2013 Nissan March Rear

2014 Nissan March Fuel Consumption
2014 Nissan March 1.2L fuel consumption: 26.0 Km/L

2014 Nissan March Acceleration
2014 Nissan March 1.2L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 13.9 sec.

Nissan March Speedometer

2014 Nissan March Fuel Tank Capacity: 41 Litres

2014 Nissan March Ground Clearance
The 2014 Nissan March has a ground clearance of 4.6 Inches(117mm). This is way below the minimum recommended clearance of 6.5 Inches for Kenyan roads. It is necessary to modify the ground clearance to adjust the car to Kenyan roads. Read our guidelines here on how to safely increase a vehicle’s ground clearance.

Nissan March Ground Clearance

2014 Nissan March Stability and Handling
This generation of the Nissan March handles much better than previous generations due to the lowering of ground clearance and an increase in wheelbase. However, it still feels a bit shaky at higher speeds and the electric steering is too lightly judged. The other issue is the low ground clearance that makes the car scrape every undulation on the road.

Nissan March Service Intervals
Minor Service: At 5,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 10,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Nissan March Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Service parts for the Nissan March are affordable and widely available in Kenya. Body parts can be difficult to find outside of Nairobi. Most spare shops in Industrial Area and Kirinyaga Road stock these parts. You can get listings for these shops in this link

2014 Nissan March Reliability
The Nissan March is historically a reliable car on the mechanical side, however its major fault has always been on the body construction. After few years of use on our bumpy roads, the body tends to rattle a lot.

To download the 2014 Nissan March Owner’s Manual, click here.

Resale Value: Average

Nissan March Competitors: Suzuki Alto, Toyota Passo and Mitsubishi Mirage

Cost of Ownership
Purchase Price: Starting from Ksh.550,000
Comprehensive Insurance: Average Ksh. 38,000/ per annum- Or
3rd Party Insurance: Ksh. 7,000/- per annum
Change of Tyres(If neccessary) Ksh. 16,000/- for 4 Tyres
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What we like about the 2014 Nissan March
1. Excellent fuel economy
2. Practical car
3. Affordable to buy

What we don’t
Low ground clearance

Conclusion
The Nissan March is a practical car that can get you from point A to point B in the cheapest way possible. The Idling Stop function that switches off the engine when the car is not in motion is an incredibly useful feature particularly for urban commuters who spend hours in traffic. The ground clearance is an issue that you will need to resolve if you’re buying it directly from Japan.

Where to Buy the 2014 Nissan March in Kenya
If you are looking to either import or buy the Nissan March locally, we can help you with this process. Over the years, we have developed a network of trusted dealers both in Kenya and Japan who supply us with exceptional cars. Simply call us or send us a message through our contacts below and we’ll get you the right car at the right price.
2014 Nissan March

 

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