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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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The previous Nissan Micra lagged well behind the best small cars, such as the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta. But Nissan has gone all out to remedy this with a new model, which gets smarter looks, a higher-quality interior, more space, more tech, and a healthy lot of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) across the range.

Due in showrooms this March, the new Micra will cost from Β£11,995 up to Β£17,295. The likely best-seller in the UK, the 0.9-litre Acenta, costs Β£14,995; competitive with our favourite Fiesta, but Β£990 more than our recommended Fabia.

We invited a team of What Car? readers along for an exclusive preview of the new Micra to give their opinions.

Sue Mulcahy

Age: 61 Job: Retired Drives: CitroΓ«n C3 Picasso

β€˜I’ve had two Micras in the past, and now I’m looking to downsize from my C3 Picasso MPV.

β€˜I’m very impressed with the size of this new Micra. At first I was a bit concerned about the sloped shape of the rear, because I thought it would impinge on rear head room; it does somewhat, but if you’re less than six feet tall it’s acceptable . β€˜Nissan has clearly given a lot of thought to storage space. The glovebox is big enough to hold a two-litre water bottle, and the front doorbins are really big.

β€˜There’s so much adjustability for the driver’s seat. I’m short, so being able to jack up the seat is great. β€˜Visibility is very good all-round anyway, and the bird’s-eye view you can get on the central touchscreen lets you see every angle in one look.

β€˜This Micra is a big step forward from my current car. The technology you get includes things you’d expect only on a much pricier car.

β€˜I need to be able to get two child seats in the back of my car for my grandchildren. The shape of this Micra’s pillars and door openings, without a protruding wheel arch, would make getting them in and out very easy.’

Rated 5 out of 5

George Watkins

Age: 19 Job: Social media executive Drives: Fiat Punto

β€˜I’m looking into replacing my car, and the Micra is appealing. The 0.9-litre Acenta version is in insurance group 3, thanks to all the standard safety features, so it would be really cheap for new drivers like me.

β€˜This car looks great, especially next to the last few Micras, which were pretty boring. The swooping line down the side and the curved roofline make it look really dynamic. I love the sculpted bonnet and front grille, and the aggressive head and tail-light designs.

β€˜The six-speaker Bose sound system on upper trim levels isimpressively loud and clear, with well-defined bass, and has speakers on the driver’s headrest that make it surround sound. You can also set it to focus the music on the driver.

β€˜I’m six feet two inches tall, and I just about have enough head room in the rear, although it is very tight. It’s good though – I have to hunch over in the back of the Fiat 500.

β€˜There are a lot of personalisation options on this Micra, both for the interior and exterior, and that’s something that will definitely appeal to younger buyers. There are a lot of paint colours, including this vibrant blue, to choose from.’

Rated 4 out of 5

Find out what our other two readers thought of the Micra on the next page.

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