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Nissan Micra review

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0
” The Micra is back on form with sharp looks and lots of kit “

At a glance

Price new £12,605 - £22,805
Used prices £4,109 - £19,581
Road tax cost £0 - £190
Insurance group 1 - 12
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Fuel economy 42.8 - 53.3 mpg
Range 478 - 794 miles
Miles per pound 6.3 - 7.8
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Edgy design inside and out
  • Competitively low emissions
  • Sense of fun, modernity
  • Cramped rear headroom
  • Poor over-shoulder visibility
  • Not the most economical, with hybrid version lacking

Written by Tim Pollard Published: 25 March 2020 Updated: 20 July 2022


The Nissan Micra has been around since 1993 and since then has developed an enviable reputation as a reliable, dependable and practical supermini. Until the current model launched in 2017, though, it wasn’t a particularly desirable one.

Launched in March 2017, the fifth-generation Micra features a totally different look to its predecessor – and indeed, most of its rivals. It’s sharp-edged and stylish, with a bold face and sloping roofline making it stand out from the crowd. Step up to higher trim levels and you can have two-tone paint or stylishly large alloy wheels, too.

Although there is an N-Sport model, it’s not a hot hatch like the Ford Fiesta ST, Hyundai i20 N or Volkswagen Polo GTI. Instead, it’s an appearance pack that makes do with the Micra’s sole available engine. Like most rivals it’s a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, although there’s only one power output. You can have an automatic gearbox, though.

Like most rivals these days the Micra is only available with five-doors, boosting practicality. Even so, we wouldn’t say this is the car’s forte with plenty of rivals being better bets for rear seat space. At least the boot is a decent size.

The supermini class is a hotly contested one, with most major manufacturers fielding a Micra rival. There’s plenty of choice, with frugal hybrids such as the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris, the sensible and spacious Skoda Fabia, feisty Ford Fiesta, ubiquitous Volkswagen Polo, sporty SEAT Ibiza and great value Renault Clio.

With many of these rivals newer than the Micra, does it have what it takes to rise to the top of the class, or is it an also ran? Over the following pages we’ll let you know how much space there is inside, what it’ll cost to run, if it’s good to drive and what toys you get for your cash. Crucially, we’ll tell you if the Micra is any good or not.