Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Bright, light cabin has cool ambience
  • Tailor the dashboard trim to your taste
  • Immersive Bose stereo option has stunning sound

This is one of the Micra’s ace cards: the interior is fizzing with fabulous touches for a small car. There’s a gently backlit tray pulsing with a disco mirrorball effect to hold your smartphone, for instance, and even more functional features, such as the round air vents, are more interesting than most.

It’s a welcoming cabin, with bright, light colours. Plus, Nissan’s personalisation programme lets you choose from three different decorative packs to tailor the colour of the dashboard and door cards (choose from blue, orange and red appliqués).

The view out front is good, although you’re always aware of the boxy shape, which pushes the windscreen pillars a long way forward and makes it feel like a baby MPV at times. Despite this, front visibility is excellent.

All the minor controls work well and are logically laid out. The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, available on mid-spec Acenta models and upwards, works effectively while maintaining the all-important shotcut keys for convenience. The buttons and icons are a little small to glance at, but the sat-nav instructions are easy enough to follow.

Syncing with modern smartphones is a cinch as of 2018 with the NissanConnect media system incoporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 7.0-inch touchscreen is still behind the class best for responsiveness but is a welcome improvement over earlier models

Nissan Micra N Sport interior

Opt for the sportier N-Sport and there’s some Alcantara on the dash, part-leather seats, white air vent surrounds and a front armrest to lift the interior, but the black headliner does darken the cabin somewhat – especially when sat in the rear with those small windows.

Comfort

  • Great for front-seat passengers
  • Less so in the back, with poor headroom
  • Stick with 15in or 16in wheels for best comfort

The front seats are of good quality for an affordable supermini, with sturdy support for your back and plenty of adjustment (the driver’s seat on every model moves up and down, and the wheel adjusts every way). It’s likely you’ll easily find a comfy driving position before you set off.

Just watch out for a huge blindspot over your shoulder, where that swooping roofline, kinked back windows and craftily hidden rear door handle conspire to rob you of visibility. Opt for a higher-spec model with tinted rear glass and the issue only gets worse.

Once on the move, the Nissan Micra produces a surprisingly smooth ride, soaking up the worst bumps and lumps to protect you from Britain’s less well-surfaced roads. It is an inherently comfortable small car.

We did find the 1.0-litre 100hp engine to be largely quiet, but the turbo whistle filtering into the cabin on the manual version could prove a little wearisome after a long period of driving.

Opt for the self-shifting version and you’ll have to contend with the whine from the CVT automatic gearbox. The Bose headrest speakers do well here to mostly drown them out.

The automatic gearbox also has a habit of maintaining drive to the wheels even when you lift off the gas, so it can be slightly unnerving when you expect to slow down and have to unexpectedly apply the brakes.

You can find out how comfortable we found the Micra in our long-term review