For the past 3 decades, Nissan has sold its Micra in bucketloads, partially because it’s cheap to buy and easy to drive, which makes it appealing to first-time car owners and those downsizing from larger cars.
This latest version is a little bit different though - it promises a sportier drive and its popular interior could make it rise above its competition. It’s more a case of evolution rather than revolution for the tiny runaround though, as it builds on the strengths which have made the Micra badge so famous down the years.
In step with the wider supermini market, Nissan offers the Micra as a 5-door hatch only. The engine line-up is mostly made up of 3-cylinder petrols paired with 5- or 6-speed manual transmissions, depending on output. A sole 4-cylinder diesel is offered with a 5-speed gearbox. Though small on the outside, by situating the wheels at the far corners of the frame, the slightly longer wheelbase increases passenger space, making the subcompact hatchback surprisingly big on the inside, offering plenty of legroom for passengers.
The Micra has some fierce competition, to say the least, including the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo. The Micra starts on a strong footing; it is practical, well equipped, and has an attractive price tag. The Micra has come of age: it’s a stylish choice that should offer no-nonsense fun for those wanting a city runabout or versatile small car. Despite this, Micra is not the best car in its class – the new Fiesta, Polo and Ibiza are all too good to beat – but it drives well, comes with clever driver assistance tech and has a distinctive look.
“We have taken the European compact car segment to a new level by focusing on what customers really want today and expect tomorrow. The all-new Nissan Micra is an exceptional car, characterised by its expressive design, uplifting interior, and confident drive.”