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.
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 it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Nissan Micra performance
Most of the 79bhp 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine’s torque sits at the low end of the rev range, making it responsive and easy to drive. The 97bhp DIG-S unit might be supercharged, but it's set up for economy rather than performance. Although it's noticeably stronger than the lower-powered 1.2 in everyday driving, it's certainly not quick.
Nissan Micra ride & handling
The suspension is okay at taking the sting out of bumps and potholes at low speeds, but the ride gets nervous and unsettled when you’re going faster. The handling isn't great, either. There's a lot of body lean in bends, and while the light steering gets heavier the faster you go, it doesn't get heavy enough. There's virtually no feel through the wheel and you don't have great confidence in its ability to maintain grip through corners.
Nissan Micra refinement
Both engines have a characteristic three-cylinder thrum when you rev them, but the noise dies down well at motorway speeds. However, there's lots of wind and road noise, so it's still too noisy at the national limit.