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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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

Nissan Micra Hatchback (17 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,055 - £22,470
Used price £5,740 - £15,640
Used monthly cost £143 - £390
Fuel Economy 43.5 - 52.3 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £145
Insurance group 1 - 11 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

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

CONS

  • Cramped rear headroom
  • Poor over-shoulder visibility
  • Not the most economical, with hybrid version lacking

Nissan Micra Hatchback rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The Nissan Micra has been a household name since launching in Europe in 1983, and is an established rival to the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo. It’s lived in the shadows of its rivals for a while, but this latest version, launched in March 2017, aims to close the gap for driving quality, style and interior comfort – its new sharp looks aim to give the SEAT Ibiza something to think about. The good news is that Nissan has largely succeeded. The newcomer is light years ahead of its predecessor in every department.

Is it among the best superminis you can buy? No - even though Nissan moved the game on a huge amount, other rivals still offer a better driving experience, better engines or more sophisticated technology. But it's no longer one to be avoided like its predecessor was.

Looks modern and sporty

On first inspection, the Micra is a sporty-looking small supermini. But line it up against the old Micra and you realise how much larger it is than its predecessor. It needs to appeal to practical Honda Jazz drivers as well as younger supermini fans - so it’s only available in sensible five-door form.

There's plenty of room in the front; however, that sloping roofline cramps rear headroom and legroom is minimal with the front seats slid all the way back. It’s fine for children, but tall adults might struggle to be comfortable on longer journeys.

What's the Nissan Micra like to live with? Read our long-term review here

How does it drive?

As well as modern looks, 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. 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.

Nissan Micra dash

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.

Modern interior with improved tech levels

The Micra's interior is the biggest improvement over the old car, and can hold itself high even among more modern supermini competition. There are lots of soft-touch materials surrounding modern, easy-to-use controls. 

There's nothing super high-tech, like the digital dashboard you can get on high-spec Volkswagen Polos - but you do get a large, intuitive touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. 

Read on for the full Nissan Micra review

Nissan Micra Hatchback rivals

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