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 and 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 colours like red, blue and orange are worth paying extra 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.
It’s also worth going for Acenta cars and above, because they come with a slick 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system nestled snuggly in the dashboard. It’s high resolution and lifts the look and feel of the Micra’s cabin.
Range-topping Tekna cars feel most 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, which is in the class above.
The Micra’s cabin looks absolutely fab, but it's a bit disappointing that you can't get DAB on the more basic models
If you like your infotainment, it’s best to steer clear of Visia and Visia+ trims. Both come with Bluetooth, USB and aux connections as well as a simple two-speaker stereo, but that’s your lot.
It’s worth spending extra for Accenta trim, because from here on in every Micra gets Nissan’s latest 7.0-inch touchscreen NissanConnect system. It comes with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard so you can integrate your smartphone seamlessly.
And you’ll probably want to, because although this latest system brings a big step up in screen resolution as well as the chance to customise the menus tiles to your preference, it still suffers from awkwardly small on-screen buttons and poor response to touch.
Indeed, if you have the built-in sat-nav, pinching and zooming the map highlights just how slow the system can be, while the TomTom-based sat-nav system itself can jump around and deliver information too slowly. If you use Waze or Google Maps, you’re able to send these routes to the Micra’s built-in sat-nav, although we can’t see why you’d bother given the user experience is better on these apps via smartphone mirroring. More handy is the ability to find your Micra if you lose it in a car park via an app.
If you like your music you’ll probably want to avoid the lowly Visa models too. Accenta gets DAB radio and two extra speakers, but an optional Bose sound system is available (standard on range-topping Tekna cars) that sounds punchy and includes speakers in the car’s front headrests.