Nissan has revealed an all-new Micra at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The outgoing car has been on sale since 2010 and, in the face of stiff competition, is starting to show its age. We compare the new fifth-generation car with the model it replaces side by side to see what’s changed.
Before the new car goes on sale, many Nissan dealers will be keen to shift their remaining Micras and will offer generous discounts as a result. View these Nissan Micra deals using our car configurator or, if you’re still not sure which supermini is for you, try out our car chooser tool.
Nissan Micra old vs new – styling
Where the old car looks soft and unadventurous, the new model’s styling is drastically more contemporary. Its stretched snout makes the bonnet seem longer and lower and Nissan’s new grille is flanked by a pair of sharp headlights.
The new model is longer, wider and lower than before. At just less than four metres long and 1.7 metres wide, the latest Micra falls more closely in line with the supermini class leaders. Its revised styling serves a practical purpose too – the new car’s shape is more aerodynamic than the old model’s and should help reduce both fuel consumption and wind noise.
Nissan Micra old vs new – interior
The outgoing Micra’s safe, rounded styling extended to its cabin with a chunky three-spoke steering wheel and a doughnut-shaped button layout on the centre console. It was all fairly functional and easy to use but looked dated and felt cheap to the touch.
The new model is a massive leap forward in both design and quality. Its interior is just as functional but the likes of a seven-inch infotainment display and a sporty steering wheel, resembling the one in the Nissan GT-R supercar, gives the cabin a much more youthful appearance.
Nissan claims the new Micra’s interior space is a match for the class leaders and its driving position is adjustable enough to suit a wide range of drivers. Rear passenger space is certainly better than the old model thanks to the new car’s bigger body.
Nissan Micra old vs new – driving and engines
The outgoing Micra was available with a 1.2-litre petrol unit in one of two power outputs. The new car will benefit from the latest range of Renault-sourced petrol and diesel options. From launch, a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine will be offered, while a 1.0-litre petrol will feature at a later date. These new units, combined with the car’s more slippery shape, should help to improve both performance and fuel economy.
Features such as Nissan’s Active Ride Control – a system that gently applies the brakes and throttle to reduce the harshness of bumps – should help the latest Micra feel more refined on rough roads. Improved sound insulation should make it a more pleasant cruising companion by reducing the amount of noise that reaches the cabin, too.
Nissan Micra old vs new – equipment
The outgoing car lagged well behind the competition in terms of equipment. Basic infotainment functions were lacking, as were some of the electronic safety features that help modern cars score highly in Euro NCAP crash tests.
The upcoming Micra is packed with advanced safety tech including lane departure warning – a first for the class – and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and traffic sign recognition. Its infotainment system is combined with a Bose sound system in some models while satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay are also available.
Nissan Micra old vs new – prices and release date
Prices for the new Micra haven’t been confirmed. Its vastly improved technology and larger size mean entry-level models will probably come with a significantly bigger price tag than the outgoing £7,995 car. We expect it to compete on price with rivals from Volkswagen and Renault so it’s likely basic cars will cost between £10,000-£12,000.
Save money on your Nissan Micra
Before the new model goes on sale, see how much you could save on the current car using our Nissan Micra deals page. For other alternatives, take a look at the car chooser to narrow down your search or use our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much your new car could cost per month.