There's just one engine for the Pixo: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol unit that serves up 67bhp. It feels reasonably perky in town and can just about hold its own on the motorway. However, if you lose pace behind slow traffic, it'll take you quite a while to build speed back up again. You can also specify your Pixo with a four-speed automatic gearbox in place of the standard five-speed manual.
Nissan Pixo Hatchback ride & handling
The Pixo makes life simple in town, because the dinky dimensions and tight turning circle give you hassle-free manoeuvring. The steering could be lighter at parking speeds, though. It struggles more when the road opens out, because there's a lot of body lean in bends and you do get jostled around quite a lot by the ride.
Nissan Pixo Hatchback refinement
Keep within the city limits and the Pixo is pretty quiet. You barely hear a peep from the suspension, and you don't need to give the engine a stack of revs. You'll have to flog the engine a lot more if you head onto faster roads, though, and that's when the thrummy three-cylinder engine starts to get intrusive. Wind and road noise can be heard at cruising speeds, too.