While there are some cheap versions of the Nissan Micra, the ones you’ll want look expensive next to an equivalent Skoda Fabia, and the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa also cost less if you’re buying on finance.
The Micra is also expected to lose its value quicker than the best small cars and be more expensive to service, although the petrol engine did perform well in our True MPG fuel economy test, returning just over 45mpg.
Nissan Micra equipment
The entry-level Visia trim comes with Bluetooth and a stereo with two speakers, but you have to upgrade to Visia+ to get air conditioning.
It’s actually the mid-spec Acenta model that’s our favourite, because it also brings the touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels and cruise control.
N-Connecta and Tekna Micras, by contrast, are too expensive, despite coming with a long list of kit, including sat-nav, electrically folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass.
Nissan Micra reliability
While the latest Micra hasn’t been included in any customer satisfaction surveys, previous versions have consistently performed well.
Further reassurance comes from the performance of the Nissan brand, which finished a respectable 11th out of 38 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey.
Nissan Micra safety & security
All Micras come with an impressive list of standard safety equipment, which includes front, side and window airbags, a lane departure warning system and an automatic emergency braking system that can stop you from running into pedestrians or another car.
It’s still to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but given this equipment, we’d be surprised if it didn’t earn the maximum five-star rating.
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Even the entry-level Visia trim comes with a long list of safety equipment, including six airbags and lane departure and automatic emergency braking systems. However, aside from a two-speaker stereo and Bluetooth connectivity, there are few luxuries.
As its name suggests, Visia+ trim takes the rather basic specification of the entry-level Visia model and adds a couple of extras: air conditioning and engine stop-start technology.
Our pick Acenta
Acenta trim is the mid-point in the Micra range, and strikes the best balance between equipment and affordability. It brings air conditioning, cruise control and – as a no-cost option – alloy wheels.
N-Connecta Micras are well equipped, getting everything from sat-nav and electrically folding door mirrors to rear privacy glass and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Unfortunately, they're also quite pricey, so we'd stick with Acenta trim.
Only the range-topping Tekna trim gets a rear-view camera, parking sensors, keyless start and a third rear head restraint as standard. But then it should be well equipped, because it costs silly money.