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Nissan Micra Review

3.5/5
Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra range...

List Price

£12,875 - £22,785

Acceleration (0-62mph)

11.9 - 16.4 seconds

Top speed

98 - 111 mph

Engine Power

71 - 117 bhp

CO2 Emissions

85 - 121 g/km

Fuel Economy (Combined)

53.3 - 88.3 mpg

Prices & Specification
Pros

Cheap running costs; surprisingly spacious interior.

Cons

Uninspiring exterior styling; cheap feeling interior; poor out-of-town driving experience.

The Nissan Micra is a budget car available at a budget price, and it has to be said that it feels like it. Both exterior and interior designs are disappointing, with cheap feeling plastics and uninspiring looks. Having said that, the Nissan Micra is surprisingly spacious inside with a reasonably generous amount of storage space; and it is economical to run, having low enough emissions to avoid tax and offering good fuel economy.  The Micra is good in cities, but think twice before heading off on a long distance trip.

Performance3.5/5

The Nissan Micra has one petrol engine is available, and that is a three cylinder, 79 bhp 1.2 litre which comes with either a five speed manual gearbox or an automatic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This engine can do the 0-62 mph sprint in 13.7 seconds (14. 5 with the CVT). Nissan have also come up with the 97 bhp DIG-S – Direct Injection Gasoline Supercharged – which adds a little more punch to the Nissan Micra’s performance, covering 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds.

Handling3.5/5

The Nissan Micra’s handling is nifty in town, but not so happy on motorways and pot-holed roads where its soft suspension subjects driver and passengers to a bouncy ride and a slight feeling of insecurity. It does not take to bends particularly happily, with a certain amount of body lean, and not a lot of grip. The gearshift is light though, and steering is responsive; and with its excellent manoeuvrability the Nissan Micra is up amongst the best in its class for city driving.

Exterior3/5

The Nissan Micra’s styling does not do a lot to raise the spirits – it is uninspiring and, if anything, a backward step from its predecessor. The top of the range trims add 15 inch alloys and a panoramic glass roof to the mix, which helps a little – but on the whole this is not a car you would choose for its kerb appeal.

Interior3.5/5

Unfortunately it is the same story for the Nissan Micra’s interior. Less than top quality plastic finishes and sharp-edged trims do little to impress; a bonus, though, is that with slim pillars and large windows it is easy to look out beyond the interior; overall, visibility is very good - unless you are a not very tall driver in the entry level Visia, in which case you may be hampered by the fact that the height of the driver’s seat is not adjustable and the steering wheel has rake but no reach adjustment. Interior space in the Nissan Micra is not bad – there’s space for four adults to sit comfortably with reasonably generous head and leg room. The boot offers 265 litres stowage, and all but the entry level trim have the facility to split and fold the rear seat and increase this to 1,132 litres. A two-tiered glove box and door bins add extra places to slip those last minute bits and pieces into.

Equipment4/5

The Nissan Micra comes with four trim levels. The entry level Visia can best be described as basic, and not a lot of equipment comes as standard – six airbags, Bluetooth connectivity, brake assist and electric power steering are there, but for any extras you will have to move up a rung or two. Next level up is the Acenta, which comes with all the above plus 15 inch alloys, air conditioning, coloured body side mouldings, climate control, cruise control, split folding seats, front fog lights and driver seat height adjustment. Only when you purchase the top of the range Tekna trim will you have the full monty – Nissan Connect, parking slot measurement, rear parking sensors, glass roof, automatic headlamps, automatic rain-sensing wipers, electric folding door mirrors and a trip computer.  All in all the Nissan Micra equipment options are good, with a high level of kit in the higher trim levels.

Safety4/5

Unlike its five-star rated rivals, the Nissan Micra was only awarded four stars in the Euro NCAP ratings. Nissan does, however, have a good record for reliability. Safety equipment includes six airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, pre-tensioner seatbelts and ISOFIX child seat anchor points.

Buying & Owning4/5

The Nissan Micra is both cheap to buy and to own. Fuel economy is excellent and low emissions result in a tax-free and congestion charge-free car. Nissans are always popular and the Micra should prove relatively easy to sell on.

Reviewed by cars2buy