What Car? says...
For nearly four decades, the Nissan Micra has been a staple in the world of small cars – in fact many of us learned to drive in one.
Over the years, Nissan has sold thousands of Micras to buyers looking for something cheap and easy to drive. As with most cars that have been around for so long, some versions were more successful than others (you still see weathered Mk IIs with nervous teenagers at the wheel).
The Nissan Micra did not feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey because not enough owners responded with details of their experiences with the car for us to include it. Nissan came a disappointing joint 27th (with Ford) out of 30 manufacturers in our brands list – ahead of only Land Rover and Fiat at the foot of the table. Read more here
The Nissan Micra is not available as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or electric car. Instead, all versions come with a frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine so you get low running costs without the expense of electrification. Nissan does build zero and ultra-low emissions cars. Its best-selling electric car is the Nissan Leaf and the Nissan Ariya SUV joins its fully electric line-up this year. Read more here
There is only one engine available for the Nissan Micra, a 90bhp turbocharged petrol (called the IG-T 92), which provides enough power to make it feel peppy around town and is reasonably economical. We recommend the Acenta trim, which includes a 7in touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels, cruise control and air-conditioning. Read more here
Upgrading the Nissan Micra from Acenta to the more upmarket Tekna trim gives you quite a lot of extra kit. That includes 17in alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a leather-wrapped gearknob and handbrake, synthetic leather inserts on the dashboard and doors, keyless entry and start, blind-spot warning, built-in sat-nav and a Bose stereo system. If you want the best value, we wouldn’t recommend going any higher than Acenta. The Micra is also available in Kiiro and N-Sport trims. Read more here
All versions of the Nissan Micra come with a high-resolution 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring (so you can run your phone apps on the screen). The system is clear and easy to use with handy shortcut buttons, and we prefer it to the set-up in the Volkswagen Polo. Read more here
The Nissan Micra’s boot is a strong 300 litres – bigger than you’ll find in the Ford Fiesta, for example. That’s enough space for five carry-on suitcases or a typical weekly shop. The rear seats fold down to make space for larger loads, but there’s no height-adjustable boot floor to level out the extended load bay. If you need a small car with more space (and not everyone will), practical suggestions include the Honda Jazz and Skoda Fabia. Read more here
|RRP price range||£17,235 - £21,665|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||44.8 - 53.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£951 / £1,368|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,903 / £2,737|