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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The dashboard is clear, logical and attractive. All the main controls are grouped in the centre of the dash and are easy to reach. Top models get Bakelite-style ivory-coloured switches (see ‘interior details’ in the gallery), which brings a touch of chic to an otherwise standard interior. It’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, thanks to an adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat.

Drivers who travel longer distances may find that the seats are a little flat, fidget-inducing and don’t offer enough support. With the exception of Visia spec, all models from late 2007 have an audible speed limit warning – a bleep sounds when you’ve reached a pre-set limit.

The interior is exceptionally roomy and the tall shape means there’s loads of headroom, although taller adult passengers may find the back a little bit of a squeeze. Legroom is adequate in both the front seats, while rear space is not bad considering the Micras small dimensions plus the cabin feels light and airy overall. Most of the engines are refined under normal driving conditions, although the 160SR is noisier than others when it’s pushed (although it’s not an unpleasant sound).

Road rumble is kept low, although there can be some wind noise at speed.