The well-built Nissan Micra brings futuristic looks and a stylish interior to the small-car party but costs more than some more practical alternatives
The Nissan Micra is a stylish small family car that’s comfortable and quiet to drive, but is slightly more expensive than the likes of the roomier Vauxhall Corsa.
The Micra’s cabin is as eye-catching as its exterior – providing you pick the optional £400 faux-leather trims – and all but basic Visia and Visia+ models come with a slick seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring as standard.
Thankfully, the Micra’s cabin doesn’t just look good – all the switches feel solid and both the driver’s seat and sporty steering wheel come with loads of adjustment so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable.
Unfortunately, you can’t get lumbar support (to help reduce back ache on long drives) on any models and the Micra’s back seats are much more cramped than those in a Vauxhall Corsa. There’s a reasonable amount of knee room but passengers over six-foot tall will struggle for headroom and the narrow central seat makes carrying three abreast very cosy indeed.
Fitting a child seat isn’t particularly easy either (thanks to the narrow doors and hidden Isofix anchor points) but you can fit one to the front passenger seat as standard – a rare feature in a small car.
The Micra’s 300-litre boot is pretty practical, too. It’s a little bigger than the ones in a Corsa, Polo or Fiesta but its tall boot lip can make loading heavy items difficult. You don’t get any handy shopping hooks but you can fold the back seats down in a two-way (60:40) split if you need to carry long luggage and a back-seat passenger at once.
With all the back seats folded away, the Micra’s 1,004-litre boot is just about big enough to carry a bike (once you’ve removed one of its wheels) but the large step behind the back seats makes packing it full of heavy boxes a pain.
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You can get the Micra with one diesel and two petrol engines. Pick the 0.9-litre turbo petrol if you mainly potter around town – it’s much perkier than the sluggish 1.0-litre petrol and will return around 50mpg (compared to Nissan’s claimed 61.4mpg).
Spend more time on the motorway? You’ll want to get the 1.5-litre diesel. It’s a little louder than the petrols at low speeds but it’s a touch faster and will return around 70mpg in normal driving conditions.
Whichever model you pick, the Micra’s one of the most comfortable small cars around. It’ll tackle bumps and potholes with impressive composure and its special acoustic windscreen helps keep unpleasant wind noise to a minimum – even on the motorway.
The Micra received a four-star safety rating in the strict 2017 Euro NCAP crash tests. This score is comparable to older five-star ratings and means the Micra’s one of the safest small cars on sale – although he SEAT Ibiza got the full five-star rating in the same year.
The Micra’s not quite as practical as other small family cars but it’s well worth considering if you’re looking for something smart, comfortable and you don’t mind paying a little more for some desirable extras.
You can read more in-depth info on the Nissan Micra in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. And, if you want to see what sort of offers are available on the Micra, click through to our deals page.