What Car? says...
For most people, driving life begins in a small car, and the Nissan Micra has been one of the most popular choices since it arrived in the 1980s.
Over the years, Nissan has sold thousands on the premise of them being cheap and easy to drive. Some iterations have been more successful than others; you still see nervous 17-year-olds cruising around in weathered Mk2 examples. But the Micra really dropped the ball in its fourth generation, with forgettable styling and an interior that took a backwards step at a time when the quality of its competition was shooting up. As a result, the Micra went from being one of Europe's big successes to an absentee from the best-sellers list.