In terms of the lowest Nissan Micra running costs, our original pick was the 1.2-litre with a manual gearbox because it averages 56.5mpg on the combined run. However, Nissan introduced the 1.2-litre petrol powered DIG-S (Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharged) in July 2011, the sensible buyer has to go for this engine. It will return 68.9mpg on average and produces 96bhp.
Automatic models will burn a little more fuel than manual Micras.
The three-cylinder engines are low CO2-emitters, which should suit fleets and those wanting a small yearly road tax bill. The 1.2-litre engine mated to the five-speed manual ‘box emits 115g/km of CO2 whereas the same engine partnered to the CVT gearbox emits 125g/km of CO2. In July 2011 Nissan Micra emissions became even greener with the 1.2 DIG-S engine that emits 95g/km of CO2 - that's a remarkable figure.
Nissan Micra reliability hasn’t been much of a problem in the past. Nissan has a good reliability record but the previous generation suffered from a few power steering problems. The interior has been made from cheap plastics - expect it to get scratched if not treated with care.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£856 - £1,119 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.2 Petrol||95 g/km (Min)||£0|
|1.2 Petrol||125 g/km (Max)||£125|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £125
See tax rates for all versions
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.