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Nissan Micra (2017–)

Last updated 2 October 2017

Huge improvement over previous Micra. Impressive new 0.9-litre petrol engine borrowed from Renault. Good quality and comfortable interior. Generous safety equipment.
Basic models miss out on some handy equipment including air conditioning. Can be pricey with options boxes ticked. Only one free paint colour choice.
Updated 7 September 2017
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Introduction

The Nissan Micra used to be the mainstay of learners, new drivers and thrifty motorists. But then Nissan made a mess of it with the dull 2010 model. But now it’s set to make a miraculous comeback, because this version is a really good little car.

And a really good looking one too. Not only that but it's enjoyable to drive, cheap to run and packed with the latest safety tech as standard.

It’s even available with a host of personalisation features, so you can get vibrant interior and exterior details, a variety of different alloy wheel designs, upholstery finishes and even decals or roof stripes. But if you fancy any of that stuff, prepare to pay for it – the Micra isn’t cheap if you start ticking boxes.

There are three engines – a basic, old-fashioned 1.0-litre petrol with 75PS, a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol with 90PS and a 1.5 dCi diesel, also with 90PS. Of these the 0.9 is probably the best choice, since it’s punchy, responsive and fairly economical.

All the final suspension and steering development was undertaken in the UK and it shows – the Micra makes light work of uneven, potholed British roads. It’s not so soft that it wallows in corners, but it’s supple enough to make for comfortable driving, plus it’s quiet at motorway speeds.

The cabin is nicely finished, with a neat layout and some plush material choices, plus it’s fairly practical. The back row is big enough for adults at a push, while the boot is a decent size and shape. There is a high load lip – but that’s only an issue with bulky, heavy items.

Even the most basic Micra comes with lane departure warning, lane keep assistance and auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection – gizmos that aren’t often standard even on cars from the class above. Weirdly, though, there is no standard air conditioning or alloy wheels.

To get those, as well as handy tech like cruise control and a touchscreen system, you’ll have to pay more than £15,000. For that much there are plenty of appealing alternatives including the Volkswagen Polo. But there’s still a lot to like about the Micra and it's as good as any of the competition.

Nissan Micra 0.9 IG-T 2017 Road Test

 

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