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The Micra is back on form with sharp looks and lots of kit

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PROS

  • Edgy design inside and out
  • A decent drive
  • Competitively low emissions
  • Sense of fun, modernity

CONS

  • Cramped rear headroom
  • Poor over-shoulder visibility
  • Quality not up there with Volkswagen Polo
  • Not the most economical, with hybrid version lacking

PROS

  • Edgy design inside and out
  • A decent drive
  • Competitively low emissions
  • Sense of fun, modernity

CONS

  • Cramped rear headroom
  • Poor over-shoulder visibility
  • Quality not up there with Volkswagen Polo
  • Not the most economical, with hybrid version lacking

Verdict

What is a Nissan Micra?

The Nissan Micra has become a familiar nameplate since launching in Europe in 1983, appearing on the Japanese company’s small supermini hatchback for five generations.

It’s an established rival to the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo.

Recently, it’s lived in their shadow and this version, launched in March 2017, aims to close the gap for driving quality, style and interior comfort – those sharp looks now give cars such as the SEAT Ibiza something to think about.

The good news is that Nissan’s largely succeeded. The newcomer is light years ahead of its predecessor in every department.

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A very modern supermini

On first inspection, the Micra is a rakish-looking supermini with compact dimensions, however it’s worth noting that it has replaced the Note mini-MPV too. Line it up against the old Micra and you realise how much larger it is than its predecessor.

It needs to appeal to practicality-oriented Honda Jazz drivers as well as more youthful buyers of superminis, which goes some way to explaining why it’s only available in sensible five-door form.

Nissan Micra dash

This means that room in the front is plentiful and two tall adults will be very comfortable in the first-row seats; however, that sloping roofline cramps rear headroom somewhat and legroom is minimal with the front seats slid all the way back. It’s fine for children, but grown-ups may struggle to be comfortable on longer journeys.

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Nissan Micra driving impressions

As well as a modern, on-trend wardrobe, the latest Nissan Micra has made giant strides in the driving department. Where its Indian-built predecessor was designed as a cheap and cheerful global car, this one’s been engineered for European tastes.

Although a development of the previous fourth-generation model’s, the oily bits underneath now deliver. The Micra is an accomplished small car to drive, with high comfort levels (especially on the smaller wheels), decent performance and a joie de vivre that means you’ll enjoy driving the Micra around town or on longer journeys.

What is the Nissan Micra?

Choose from a trio of three-cylinder petrol engines – a 1.0-litre, with or without a turbocharger – and a 1.5-litre diesel four-cylinder. The latter is unlikely to be a big-seller in the UK, since diesel engines carry an inevitable cost premium that’s hard to stomach at this low supermini price point.

A CVT automatic gearbox was introduced in early 2019 due to demand and can be had on the 100hp 1.0-litre turbocharged engine.

The Parkers Verdict

The Nissan Micra has come of age: it’s a small car we’d heartily recommend and should provide stylish, no-nonsense fun for those wanting a city runabout or versatile small car.

Do compare finance costs however, as Nissan’s PCP finance scheme can make the Micra expensive in monthly payment terms compared with rivals, such as the Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza.

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