Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 9.3 - 10.8 mpp
Diesel engines 10.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 43.5 - 50.4 mpg
Diesel engines 52.3 mpg
  • Micra promises low fuel and tax bills
  • Diesel has highest economy, lowest emissions but high finance costs
  • Downsized petrols not far behind though

The Nissan Micra promises to be a cheap-enough car to run, though finance costs can be high. Even the thirstiest model claims more than 42 miles per gallon, while the 1.5-litre dCi diesel is capable of 52.3mpg – even if this trails behind some rivals.

This is in line with the more stringent WLTP regulations, and while most only come with a five-speed manual transmission, this doesn’t have too much of an impact on economy.

Petrol power is less economical with claims ranging between 42.2mpg on certain XMATIC models and 51.4mpg for a 100hp manual.

The 71hp non-turbocharged 1.0-litre should return around 46.1mpg, but you’ll need to work the engine hard to get any decent performance out of it, which will see this figure tumble.

Insurance will be cheap, since the lowliest Micra falls into group 1. Even the highest-spec models only fall into group 8, out of 50.

Nissan claims the model should be cheap to repair in a minor scrape, helping to secure those low insurance groupings.

Green credentials

  • Most models come with stop-start
  • Best Micras drop CO2 as low as 103g/km
  • Handy for cutting car tax bills

The cleanest engine – the IG-T 100hp petrol manual – carries a 103g/km CO2 rating when fitted with 15-inch wheels. It’s worth noting this can increase depending on the size of the wheels, as top-spec models on 17-inch items will see this creep up to 105g/km for the same engine.

The XMATIC automatic also suffers depending on wheel size, ranging from 111g/km to 115g/km.

Choose the diesel and whether it comes fitted with stop-start will make a big difference, dropping from 121g/km of CO2 to 107g/km when so equipped.

The naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre with 71hp is the highest emitting petrol engine, producing 121g/km. This engine does not come with stop-start in any trim.

Reliability

  • Nissan has a decent reliability record
  • Renault-sourced engines should be strong
  • Micra looks set to be a problem-free mini

Historically, Nissan Micras have been among the most reliable superminis out there. We are confident this level of engineering precision should continue with the model introduced in 2017.

All the engines come from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and there are few reports of any problems with the three engines available at launch.

However, we’d be tempted to say that the simpler, cheaper 1.0-litre petrol, shorn of the turbocharged plumbing and diesel filters of the others, may be the most straightforward car for cheap, trouble-free motoring in the long run.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £150
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 1 - 11
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