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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.
  • 1.2 SE 5dr

    Simon Scott Date: 12/02/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    03 SE Auto, its great, it keeps up easily in traffic, I use it in town and on dual carriageways and wonder what the point of a more powerful car is. I never have to floor the throttle and it does 45mpg easily. Admittedly I don't feel the need to overtake very often, but when I do, there's no problem.

    I've been in a ford focus, and from a front seat perspective the Micra seems larger if anything. The back seats adjust to increase the boot space or passenger space, all very convenient. It's comfortable and the auto change is smooth enough.

    Servicing isn't particularly cheap at the local Nissan dealer, but they are polite and prompt and I can't complain. They run me home, pick me up, or offer me a courtesy car and send a quality questionaire after a few days.

    I'd prefer it if the tyres were a bog standard size, not that it uses much tread, but I expect things like tyres on a car like this to be cheap as chips and they are not. I was quoted over 300 quid to replace the radio/cd head unit and that seems a tad silly, but the problem went away. I bought a new battery for less than 50 quid so that was fine, though with keyless entry I do worry about the car's reliance on elec-trickery. If the handbook is in the car, the battery flat on either the car or the key fob, how the hell are you meant to get into it. Thats why I changed all the batteries early.

    Solid little car that does it's job.

  • 1.2 E 3dr

    t t , uk . Date: 11/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I was amazed at the new Micra. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Bad quality, bad design, cheap parts, shoddy work, poor build. I was amazed at how poor it was. The old Micra was a Churchill Tank designed as a car. The new Micra is a cheap French imitation with a Nissan sticker on it. There are too many faults on this to number. I am very angry about this, and feel that I have been cheated. This is NOT a Japanese Nissan car, but a cheap French car with a Nissan sticker on the front. And reading the reviews of endless problems, I am starting to believe that the only Japanese thing about the car is the word Nissan. I've no idea what the build is like for engine etc. but reading the reviews here makes me shudder. My friend is driving a 17 year Micra, and there is nothing wrong with it. Mine is only 1 year old and it already has problems. M y old Micra was in perfect condition, I could not find one fault after 13 years (except the transmition, which always goes on old automatics). I bought this imagining that I'd keep it for 10 years, but after reading the horror stories here about drive trains and other screw ups, I think I'm just going to sell it and buy a VW. I think the people at Nissan had better watch out. They can't keep putting stuff out like this and stay in business. People talk. If you like poor quality, poor design, and shoddy workmanship, this is the car for you.

  • 1.2 SX 5dr

    Simon Railton , Herts . Date: 10/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    1.2SX 03 Reg bought in July 04 with just 4500 miles on the clock, now showing 64000. The car has been serviced as per Nissan schedule at a Nissan dealer and has caused ...no trouble AT ALL! Average MPG since purchase is around 48, front pads and discs were changed at 33000 and have just purchased third pair of tyres. No other unusual expenses have been incurred. From what I hear and have read, the oxygen sensor problems may well be down to poor fuel and the timing chain problems are relating to poor lubrication - missed service intervals and the use of non-genuine filters. My only grumble is that changing a headlight bulb (especially offside) is a real pig - but that seems to be a common problem with most modern cars. I love the little car. It does rather deserve the description 'fugly' though...

  • 1.2 Initia 5dr

    Clive Howell , Carms. . Date: 01/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car from new for nearly a year. Mine is the automatic model. I have been delighted with this car. I have read a lot of negative comments regarding particular recurring faults, but having done a lot of research before purchasing mine, I found out that all of the problems mentioned had been ironed out by the second half of 2005 when it had a major internal facelift. It had thicker windows, new bumpers, extra draughtproofing, new more comfortable seats and I believe a new re-designed timing chain.

    Therefore if you buy any Micra from late 2005 onwards you will be buying an extremely reliable and well built car which is great fun to drive.

    Although its known as a town car its a real pleasure to take along winding country roads and has excellent grip.

    The automatic wouldn't be everybody's first choice but its a very smooth changing box and doesn't take the fun out of driving as some do.

    I'm 6'1" tall and there's loads of headroom and despite what others have said there's no problem getting 3 adults in the back seats. The interior has a real quality feel to it as though it belongs to a vehicle at least a class above it.

    I've driven a LOT of different cars in my time and this one is a match for any of them.

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