The Micra’s interior may look premium at a glance but in reality the materials are low-cost and the finish is below the class standard. Reviewers were disappointed that the Micra offers many technologically advanced features, but feels really cheap inside. There’s more passenger space than the old model, though and the boot capacity is on par with rivals.
The old model was decent if not exceptional to drive, but this new “global car” tries to be a jack of all trades but ends up master of none. The body leans in corners, the grip is poor and the steering vague. The car is manoeuvrable in town, but excessive noise in the cabin lets it down on the motorway.
Light controls make the Micra an excellent learner car
There is no diesel engine option, but the two petrols on offer do the job just fine and are cheap to run, too. Pick the lower-power one if you rarely go out of town or the supercharged one for added performance. The manual gearbox is the recommended choice because the automatic makes the car slower and use more fuel.
Basic models are indeed basic in their equipment – you get electric front windows, stability control, Bluetooth phone connection and body coloured bumpers. That last one may seem laughable, but bear in mind that the basic Dacia Sandero doesn’t come with body coloured bumpers.
An all-new model has been spotted testing in prototype form – take a look at the new Nissan Micra by reading our price, specs and release date article.