The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Most people will be able to get a comfortable driving position in the Nissan Micra as all versions coming with a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that adjusts up, down, in and out. Unlike rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia, adjustable lumbar support isn’t available anywhere in the range, and you can't get electronically adjustable seats either.
The dashboard is set out in a sensible fashion, with large, clear dials and well-labelled switches. The Micra uses physical controls for pretty much everything, so you get knobs and buttons to operate the air conditioning and easy-to-use buttons on the steering wheel for volume, cruise control and other functions.
Those two trim levels also get LED headlights and fog lights as standard to help boost visibility at night or in adverse weather conditions. All other trim levels get LED daytime running lights and traditional halogen headlights.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Micra's entry-level Visia trim doesn’t get an infotainment screen but does come with DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port with iPod connectivity. Upgrading to Acenta trim and above gives you an easy-to-read and well laid out high-resolution 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
It's fortunate that the mirroring option lets you use your phone for sat-nav because you won't get navigation built in unless you opt for the expensive Navigation pack or top-tier Tekna trim. The screen has some physical shortcut buttons around it to help you navigate the system, making it much easier to use on the move than the solely touchscreen systems in the Fabia and Volkswagen Polo.