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Nissan Micra review

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Nissan Micra
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12 Dec 2017 15:05 | Last updated: 15 Oct 2018 15:36

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Nissan Micra hatchback running costs

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 hatchback 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.

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Nissan Micra hatchback 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.

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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.

Euro NCAP has given the Micra four stars. It scores well for both adult and child occupant protection (91% and 79%), but lost a star due to poor pedestrian and safety assist ratings, at 68% and 49% respectively.

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Verdict

Lots of safety kit, but underwhelming in other areas

  • Smart interior
  • Excellent safety kit
  • Peppy petrol engine
  • Poor rear head room
  • Quite expensive
  • So-so to drive
There are 7 trims available for the Micra hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Visia
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 stere...View trim
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Acenta Limited Edition
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Visia+
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....View trim
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Acenta
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N-Connecta
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 qu...View trim
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Tekna
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 mo...View trim
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N-Sport
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