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New Nissan Micra vs Renault Clio vs Skoda Fabia

The first few Micras were a huge success, but it’s all gone a bit wayward in recent years. Now Nissan has started afresh, can this new car take on its main rivals?

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New Nissan Micra vs Renault Clio vs Skoda Fabia

Our verdict

The Micra deserves credit for offering an abundance of modern, active safety aids as standard. These gadgets reduce your chances of having an accident, a point reflected in the Micra’s low insurance premiums. Unfortunately, the rest of the car is a little underwhelming.

We choose that word carefully, because it certainly isn’t a bad car and is infinitely better than the outgoing model – it just fails to shine in enough areas. It doesn’t stand out for ride or handling, rear passenger space is poor, it’s quite pricey to buy and yet will almost certainly cost you the most to own. Annoyingly, it also misses out on kit such as a DAB radio. Even areas in which it should really excel, such as interior quality, are let down by cost-cutting on key touch points.

The Clio takes second place, because it’s easily the most fun to drive and has lots of standard kit, including sat-nav and keyless start. A recent mid-life makeover has improved the quality of its interior, too, even if it’s still a way off the class best. However, limited modern safety kit, a fairly feeble engine and an outdated infotainment system stop it challenging for the win.

So, the Fabia. Granted, it’s not the most daring piece of design, inside or out, but as a package it’s quite remarkable. It’s the cheapest to buy and run, yet is still reasonably kitted out, including the important safety features. It has the best ride, which along with its eager engine makes it least stressful to drive in or out of town. It’s also the most practical, so is easily the most well-rounded car of our three.

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1st – Skoda Fabia

For Best ride and handling balance; spacious; cheapest to buy and own

Against Bland interior; worst fuel economy; most vocal engine

Verdict An easy winner. Has few weaknesses and many strengths

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Renault Clio

For Sweetest handling; stylish looks; well equipped

Against Slowest; fiddly infotainment; low-rent interior

Verdict Sharp looks, and the most fun for keen drivers

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Nissan Micra

For Smart interior; excellent safety kit; peppy engine

Against Clattery engine; small boot; crashy ride

Verdict Par for the course in this hotly contested class

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Nissan Micra 0.9 IG-T 90 Acenta

Engine size 0.9-litre, petrol, turbo

List price Β£14,995

Target Price Β£14,995

Power 89bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 103lb ft @ 2250rpm

0-60mph 11.0sec

Top speed 109mph

Gov't fuel economy 64.2mpg

True MPG 45.3mpg

CO2 emissions 99g/km


Renault Clio 0.9 TCe 90 Dynamique Nav

Engine size 0.9-litre, petrol, turbo

List price Β£15,015

Target Price Β£13,850

Power 89bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 103lb ft @ 2500rpm

0-60mph 12.4sec

Top speed 112mph

Gov't fuel economy 67.3mpg

True MPG 43.5mpg

CO2 emissions 94g/km


Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE

Engine size 1.2-litre, petrol, turbo

List price Β£14,005

Target Price Β£12,769

Power 89bhp @ 4400-5400rpm

Torque 118lb ft @ 1400-3500rpm

0-60mph 10.9sec

Top speed 113mph

Gov't fuel economy 60.1mpg

True MPG 42.6mpg

CO2 emissions 107g/km

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