For A tight turning circle, light steering and good visibility make the Nissan Micra easy to drive, and low emissions make it cheap to run. It’s affordable to buy, too.
Against The ride, handling, refinement and cabin quality aren't up to muster, even at this price. Some similarly priced rivals are better in all these areas.
What Car? says
The Nissan Micra is a budget supermini that provides basic transport at an affordable price. However, some rivals give you more for similar money.
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There are 6 Nissan Micra versions available
Target Price team says:
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.
Reader test team says:
I bought this car in January 2014, quite pleased with the drive thats not a problem at the moment, my main concern is the bodywork and paint. My car…
I bought my 1.2 Acenta in June and have done 2.5k, mostly urban driving with a few hundred miles of motorway driving mixed in. Visually, its not as…
Test drove the new Micra as I was looking for a 5 door car to replace my Fiat 500. Overall it's a nice little car the gear changes didn't appear…