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.
However, the latest model has gone some way to rebuilding the little Nissan’s reputation, having gone upmarket with the promise of a sportier drive and smarter interior. It received a facelift in 2019, and buyers can now a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre petrol, turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol or 1.5-litre diesel engine. The list of trim levels is a little convoluted, but there’s plenty of choice to suit most budgets and requirements.
So, is the Micra now a better choice than rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo? Read on for everything you need to know, including which versions make most sense and the options we think worth considering. And if you’re interested in buying a Micra or indeed any other car, head to our New Car Buying pages to see our latest savings.