For The supercharged engine gives better performance than the basic engine, and according to the official figures, significantly better economy as well. Acenta trim provides alloys and climate and cruise controls.
Against It costs a lot more than the basic-engined car, so you'll need to do many miles for its better economy to pay off. Our True MPG tests suggest that might take longer than claimed, too.
This Micra has impressive economy figures, but in our True MPG tests, it couldn't get near them. Even so, it makes more financial sense to buy one of the cheaper models in the range.
If you want basic transport at an affordable price, the Nissan Micra fits the bill. The light steering, tight turning circle and good visibility make it a very easy car to drive, and despite its teeny dimensions, there's a decent amount of space in the cabin. It's affordable to buy, and with high fuel economy and low emissions, it's cheap to run.
However, the Micra isn't up to muster in terms of ride, handling, refinement and interior quality. This wouldn't be such a problem if it weren't for rivals such as the Hyundai i20 and Suzuki Swift, which are similarly priced and give you more talent for your money.
The 79bhp and super-economical 97bhp 1.2-litre petrol engines are available in three trims. Visia cars are too basic and Tekna models are too expensive, so we'd recommend mid-spec Acenta trim, which gives you alloys and climate and cruise controls at a reasonable price.
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Fine if you want basic transport for as little money as possible, but some rivals do the job better.