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Nissan Micra review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Nissan Micra hatchback running costs

While there are some temptingly cheap trim levels in the Nissan Micra line-up, those you’ll actually want look expensive next to an equivalent Skoda Fabia. The Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa are also likely to cost less if you’re buying on finance.

The Micra is also expected to lose its value quicker than the best small cars, as well as being more expensive to service.

Nissan Micra hatchback equipment

Entry-level Visia trim comes with Bluetooth and a stereo with two speakers, but you have to upgrade to Visia+ to get air conditioning.

The mid-spec Acenta is our favourite because it adds that touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels and cruise control.

By contrast, N-Sport, N-Connecta and Tekna Micras are too expensive, despite coming with a long list of kit that includes sat-nav, electrically folding door mirrors and rear privacy glass.

Nissan Micra RHD infotainment

Nissan Micra hatchback reliability

While there’s no specific data available for the Micra, Nissan as a manufacturer finished a very disappointing 27th place out of 31 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey. All Micras come with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, which can be extended for up to three additional years if you’re willing to pay extra.

Nissan Micra hatchback safety and 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.

Safety experts Euro NCAP gave the Micra four stars after crash testing. It scores well for both adult and child occupant protection (91% and 79%), but lost a star due to uninspiring pedestrian and safety assist scores of 68% and 49% respectively. Its Polo and Fiesta rivals were awarded the full five-star Euro NCAP rating, helped by better scores for their safety assistance systems.

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Verdict

The Micra has an attractive interior, good safety equipment and a decent petrol engine, but in other areas, like rear seat space and handling in particular, it trails class rivals

  • Smart interior
  • Well equipped
  • Peppy petrol engine
  • Poor rear head room
  • Quite expensive
  • So-so to drive
Trims
There are 7 trims available for the Micra hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Visia
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Acenta Limited Edition
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Visia+
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Acenta
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N-Connecta
N-Connecta Micras are well equipped, getting everything from sat-nav and electrically f...
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Tekna
Only the range-topping Tekna trim gets a rear-view camera, parking sensors, keyless sta...
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N-Sport
Based on mid-spec Acenta trim, but adds some subtle sporty cosmetic touches like alcant...
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