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Nissan Micra (2017–)

Last updated 28 May 2019

 
3
Huge improvement over previous Micra. 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. Can't match the class best for handling.
Updated 29 January 2019
New engines added to Nissan Micra range

There is an upgraded and more efficient turbocharged petrol engine, the debut of an Xtronic automatic linked to the same engine plus the arrival of a more powerful 'warm hatch' with lowered ride height,...

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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. Fortunately, the 2017 model is a huge improvement in all areas.

The looks divide opinion - we're not huge fans we must say - but it does at least stand out. However, where the Micra appeal is with its easy to drive nature, cheap running costs and lots of 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.

Originally, there were 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.

In 2019, a 1.0-litre IG-T 100PS petrol was introduced, available with a five-speed manual or a new CVT automatic, what Nissan calls 'Xtronic'. A 'warm hatch' was launched with a 117PS 1.0-litre DIG-T engine.

All the final suspension and steering development was undertaken in the UK and the Micra makes light work of uneven, potholed British roads. It can't match the class best (like the Fiesta) for handling, but it's composed nonetheless.

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.

Prices start low compared to a Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa, but entry-level cars are very basic with steel wheels and no air con. While it can't match the Fiesta for handling or quality, it's a good alternative to the Corsa and a very easy car to live with.

Nissan Micra 0.9 IG-T 2017 Road Test

Nissan Micra IG-T 100 and DIG-T 117 2019 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Brilliant to drive.
4
Love my Micra!
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