Even tall drivers can get comfortable in the Nissan Micra, and it has lots of storage inside, but some alternatives are better for rear-seat passengers and the boot is awkward to load
Every Nissan Micra comes with plenty of steering-wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat as standard so even tall drivers can get comfy. The front seats are nicely cushioned but not particularly supportive so you can find yourself sliding about a bit on twisty roads.
Annoyingly, you can’t get the Nissan Micra’s seats with adjustable lumbar support so you might suffer from some back ache on long motorway journeys.
Things don’t really improve if you jump in the back seats. There’s a reasonable amount of knee room and plenty of space for your feet under the seats in front but anyone over six-foot tall will really struggle for headroom.
Need to carry three abreast? The Nissan Micra might not be for you. The central back seat is rather hard and narrow and there’s significantly less shoulder room than you get in a Vauxhall Corsa.
You get Isofix anchor points on both outer rear seats but you can fit a child seat to the front passenger seat, too. The slightly narrow back doors and hidden Isofix anchor points can make securing a seat base in the back rather tricky, however.
You won’t have too much trouble keeping your Nissan Micra’s cabin nice and tidy. There are a few handy cubby holes dotted around and the front door bins are big enough to hold both a large and small bottle each. The glovebox is about average for a supermini (it can hold a small water bottle and the owner’s manual) and there’s a small tray for your smartphone under the dashboard.
Unfortunately, things aren’t so good in the back seats – sense a theme developing yet? The back doors don’t come with any storage bins and your passengers will have to share a single cupholder between them.
The Micra's a decent car, but let down by a few details. Where's the adjustable lumbar support, for example, and where are the hooks to hold up your shopping in the boot?
The Nissan Micra’s 300-litre boot is big enough to carry a baby stroller and some soft bags or a set of golf clubs – at a push. It’s between 10 and 20 litres larger than the boots you’ll find in a Fiesta, Corsa or Polo but its tall boot lip makes loading large or heavy items a bit of a pain.
Annoyingly, you can’t adjust the boot floor height (an option that is available in the Polo and Fiesta) and there aren’t any handy shopping hooks to stop things rolling around in the back. You can fold the seats down in a two-way (60:40) split if you need to carry long luggage and up to two passengers in the back at once, however.
Flip both back seats down (using buttons beside the headrests) and you can carry 1,004 litres in the Nissan Micra’s boot. That’s more than the 952-litre Polo but less than than the 1,093-litre Fiesta and 1,120-litre Corsa – in other words, a bike will fit but you’ll have to remove a wheel first.
You’ll also need to lift the headrests up a notch before the back seats will lie flat. Even then there’s still a very large step in the boot floor that makes it difficult to slide heavy boxes right up behind the front seats.