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2017 Nissan Micra - reader test team review

The previous Nissan Micra was somewhat of a letdown. Now, the small hatchback has been thoroughly reinvented with European buyers in mind. We invited a group of What Car? readers to give their verdicts

Words ByKris Culmer

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Ian Elliott

Age: 61 Job: Management consultant Drives: BMW 330d M Sport and Toyota Yaris

β€˜I’m looking for a replacement for my 10-year-old Yaris as a second car. I want a car that’s fun to drive, practical and packed with tech.

β€˜I am very impressed with the Micra’s standard technology. It has everything I would have hoped for from a small car and a bit more.

β€˜The sophistication of the safety systems, especially the lane departure warning, which vibrates the steering wheel instead of beeping at you, and the array of cameras for reversing, are incredible – especially when you consider that these are expensive extras on many much pricier cars.

β€˜The infotainment is user-friendly, although I’d prefer to have a rotary dial controller, like you get in BMWs. I’d also like the screen to be atop the dash, but it isn’t mounted too low.

β€˜The driving position is wonderful. It’s my favourite thing about this car. The seat is very adjustable, there’s enough head and leg room for tall people, and the pedals aren’t offset. It’s better than in 70% of other cars of this type, and many bigger cars.

β€˜This Micra looks very smart and modern, especially compared with its predecessor, which was a real dog.’

Rated 4 out of 5

Keith Mulcahy

Age: 63 Job: Retired Drives: CitroΓ«n C3 Picasso

β€˜The key things I want from a new car are practicality, reliability, and a good driving experience. Overall, I think the Micra would fit that bill.

β€˜I need to chuck everything in my car’s boot from bags of gravel to my weekly shopping. Fortunately, the Micra’s is big for a car its size and a useable shape. It’s just a real shame the seats don’t fold very flat.

β€˜The Micra is far more classy and characterful than its predecessor. I love the prominent swooping line that goes from nose to tail-light.

β€˜This car is also a bit bigger than previous Micras, but that seems to be standard for new cars these days.

β€˜The interior is well built, with quality materials. On the top trim, you get a lovely soft-touch leathere-effect material on the dashboard.

β€˜The infotainment is excellent. It has Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, and the sat-nav is very easy to use.

β€˜The dashboard is well-laid out, and it’s also good that you get controls on the steering wheel, too.

β€˜All four seats are very soft and comfortable to sit in, although head and leg room could be a bit better.’

Rated 5 out of 5

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