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 car that’s comfortable and quiet to drive, but is slightly more expensive than the likes of the roomier Vauxhall Corsa.
The Nissan Micra’s cabin is as eye-catching as its exterior with colourful trims and all but basic Visia and Visia+ cars come with a slick 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Thankfully, the Nissan Micra’s cabin doesn’t just look good – all the switches feel solid and both the driver’s seat and sporty steering wheel comes with loads of adjustment so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable.
Unfortunately, you can’t have lumbar support (to help reduce backache on long drives) on any model and the Nissan Micra’s back seats are more cramped than those in most alternatives. 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.
The Nissan Micra’s 300-litre boot is pretty practical, though. 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.
Three petrol engines and one diesel are on offer, and either a five or six-speed manual, or CVT automatic gearbox. The entry-level non-turbocharged 71hp is best avoided as it feels pretty weedy. Instead, pick the turbocharged 100hp 1.0-litre petrol if you mainly potter around town – it isn’t exactly quick either, but it’s strong enough to feel nippy in town and is always smooth and quiet. In fact, it makes the more powerful 117hp 1.0-litre look a little unnecessary.
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Spend more time on the motorway? You’ll want to get the 1.5-litre diesel. It’s a little noisier than the petrols at low speeds but it’s a touch faster and will return better fuel economy over long distances.
Whichever model you pick, the Nissan Micra’s one of the more comfortable small cars around. Most models tackle bumps and potholes with impressive composure – only the stiffer, sportier N-Sport model is a touch too firm. Still, all cars keep unpleasant wind noise to a minimum even on the motorway.
The Nissan 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 Nissan Micra’s one of the safest small cars on sale – although he SEAT Ibiza got the full five-star rating in the same year.
So, although the Nissan Micra’s not quite as practical or fun to drive as other small family cars it’s well worth considering if you’re looking for something 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, click through to our Nissan Micra deals page.