2017 Nissan Micra verdict and specs

The all-new Nissan Micra looks distinctive and comes with lots of safety kit, so it is it a match for the best superminis?...

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John Howell
6 Dec 2015 17:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Should I buy one?

Honestly, we’d hoped for better. It’s not that the new Nissan Micra is a bad car, just mediocre in too many areas. Other small cars beat it in terms of ride comfort, handling and rear-seat space. Also, perceived quality is great in places, but let down in others.

Being so new, it’s tricky to be sure of all the costs, but it doesn’t look likely to be particularly cheap on finance, or be up with the class best for resale values. Meanwhile, it’s more expensive to buy than a Fabia with cash.

It does excel in one area, which is safety kit. The mid-level Acenta trim, which is likely to be most popular, comes with automatic emergency city braking to help you avoid rear-ending the car in front, a speed-limit display, a lane departure warning system and active assist to steer you back inline. Plus you get blind spot monitoring and automatic main beams. That’s impressive in this class, but the Fabia remains a more impressive overall package,

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90

Nissan Micra 0.9 IG-T 90 Acenta

Engine size 0.9-litre, turbo petrol

Price from £14,995

Power 89bhp

Torque 103lb ft

0-62mph 12.1sec

Top speed 109mph

Fuel economy (official combined) 64.2mpg

CO2/BIK band 99g/km/16%