The Nissan Micra’s eye-catching cabin feels impressively well built for such a small car but you’ll have to pay extra for some key tech and colourful soft-touch trims
Jump into the Nissan Micra and you’ll be greeted by a stylish, modern interior with loads of squidgy plastics and high-tech features – providing you avoid entry-level Visia cars, which feel a bit cheap.
Whichever model you pick, you’ll get a bold, minimalist dashboard and sporty steering wheel that helps the cabin look a little more modern than most small cars. All the switches on the centre console are easy to reach and feel fairly well made.
Faux-leather dashboard trims in either red, blue or orange are well worth paying an extra £400 for if you really want your Nissan Micra interior to stand out. They don’t just look fab, they feel much softer than the standard plastic and help lift the Nissan’s otherwise slightly grey cabin.
Acenta cars and above come with a slick seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system nestled snuggly in the dashboard but you’ll be much better off with an N-Connecta car – they get satellite navigation and DAB digital radio as standard.
Range topping Tekna cars feel even more upmarket thanks to their extra real-leather trims, upgraded Bose stereo and unique seat covers but they’re rather expensive – they’ll set you back almost as much as an entry-level VW Golf that’s a step up in size.
The Micra’s cabin looks absolutely fab, but it's a bit disappointing that you can't get DAB on the more basic models
Pick an entry-level Nissan Micra Visia or Visia+ car and you’ll have to make do with a fairly weedy two-speaker stereo and no fancy touchscreen infotainment system. These entry-level models do come with a USB and Bluetooth connection (so you can play music from your phone through the stereo) but only N-Connecta cars and above get DAB digital radio as standard.
Your best bet is to choose an Acenta car. It gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard and a second five-inch display beside the speedometer that can display a range of information including your current mpg and sat-nav directions.
The central screen is bright and easy to read but it’s not particularly sharp and its slightly low-resolution graphics can’t hold a candle to the displays you get in the VW Polo.
A set of physical shortcut buttons help make it as easy to use as possible, however – push these and you can easily jump between key features without taking your eyes off the road.
You also get satellite navigation as standard and it’s easy to type in a destination using the on-screen keyboard but you can’t pinch to zoom in or out to preview your route. The menus are nice and clear but, once again, they’re let down by blocky graphics that look a little more first-generation Blackberry than iPhone 8.
If you really don’t like Nissan’s own sat-nav system you can mirror your iPhone display through the car’s built-in screen instead using Apple CarPlay. This is only fitted on Acenta versions an above, however, and Android Auto or MirrorLink connectivity aren’t available on any model in the Nissan Micra range.
The entry-level two-speaker stereo is a bit disappointing but you get an upgraded four-speaker unit in Acenta models as standard. If you’re really into your tunes you should consider a range-topping Tekna model with its six-speaker Bose system. It doesn’t just sound louder, it even comes with special speakers built into the front headrests that pipe music directly into your ears.