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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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82 reader reviews for Nissan Micra Hatchback.
  • 1.5 dCi 82 SE 3dr

    Tim Barrs , Devon . Date: 18/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Micra since new in Nov 2005. I'm glad I got the bigger diesel engine its very nippy and got lots of oomph and I get 50mpg around town so no complaints there. I have had turbo probs and have had it replaced twice at a cost of £1000 each time, fortunately under warranty. I have now traded it in for a new Yaris which I pick up next month but I am seriously wondering if I have done the right thing, I will miss my Micra!

  • 1.2 SE 3dr

    David Morris , Moray . Date: 15/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I live in Scotland, and have had my 53-plate Micra for about two-and-a-half years and have driven nearly 30,000 miles in it. Although I live in a very rural area, I have to make trips to England, using dual carriageways and motorways, so I have experienced a good range of driving conditions.

    It can be great fun to drive on twisty Highland roads. I find the handling good, and the steering is responsive, the brakes effective and the 1.2 engine provides some decent pulling power. On motorways, it goes well at the legal limit, although it can be a bit noisy and needs the radio up loud to cover it.

    Nevertheless, the 450-mile trip to Leeds is nowhere near as awful as I thought it might be when I changed from an Almera. The fuel economy is excellent - it returns over 48mpg so far.

    My main quibbles are with the quality of the fittings, especially the seat tilt mecahnism which has failed three times. I am also not very impressed with the CD player, which starts to make buzzing noises after about 30 minutes playing.

  • 1.2 E 3dr

    Steve McCabe Date: 25/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A car accident meant my Toyota Avensis was to spend three weeks at the repairers. My hire car was a Nissan Micra. As I was handed the keys,the young man suggested 'I wouldn’t like the Micra'.

    He was right. The shape is acceptable, but inside Nissan had achieved the impossible. What appeared to be durable plastic has been made to look cheap and nasty with imitation inlaid ivory. The seating was comfortable and adequate for me at six feet tall. The footwell had plenty of space for my size-10 feet.

    The drive, however, is truly awful. The car feels every bump in the road, the light gearchange is spoilt by a click or a knock as the cogs change. The steering is too light with no feel and at speeds above 60mph, the engine feels as though it is going to explode.

    Petrol consumption was poor with mixed driving achieving 35mpg and the low fuel warning buzzer errattic. The car felt tinny and noise levels were unacceptably high at motorway speeds.The brakes were harsh and not at all progressive.

    I was lucky: after three weeks and 1000 miles I was able to give it back!

  • 1.4 SX 5dr

    Derek Skinner-Gibson , North Lincs . Date: 24/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have always had Nissan cars, so I decided to buy a brand new Micra when the new model came out in January 2003. So far it has been recalled twice - the first recall was the immobiliser, which was faulty. The second recall was two years later for the engine strap.

    In between these, it has had a new engine management system, due to the car not been able to travel above 40 miles per hour. I have had problems with the cental locking not working properly, too. Touch the brakes and they nearly throw you threw the window, and at this very moment, the car is at Dixon's dealership having a new camshaft fitted, and the cental locking is broken again.

    This car has done less then 15,000 miles. The car is three years old on the 31st of this month. I would not recomend the new micra to anyone. It's the worst Nissan I have ever owned.

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