The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Most people will be able to find a comfortable driving position in the Micra, thanks to its standard height-adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for reach as well as height. Electric seats aren’t available, though, and neither is adjustable lumbar support.
The dashboard also impresses, with large, clear dials and well-labelled switches that are logically arranged. If you want an armrest, though, you have to choose N-Sport trim.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The Micra’s steeply angled windscreen pillars can obscure your view at angled junctions but don’t cause any problems most of the time. Rear visibility tends to frustrate, though. With thick rear pillars and a shallow rear screen, it’s just as well that rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard on N-Sport trim and above (and optional on Acenta).
Sat nav and infotainment
Acenta trim and above comes with a high-resolution 7.0in touchscreen that’s clearly laid out; it’s a pretty intuitive infotainment system, even though some of the icons are a little too small to touch accurately on the move.
You’re forced to pay for the optional Vision Pack or opt for the pricey N-Connecta or Tekna trims if you want built-in sat-nav, but Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are standard on mid-spec Acenta models, allowing you to use your phone’s map apps on the car’s touchscreen.
The optional Bose stereo system – also available on Acentra and above – includes speakers on the sides of the driver’s headrest and creates a very convincing surround-sound effect.
With a smart mix of soft-touch materials covering the dashboard, the Micra is more appealing to sit in than many of its rivals. You can certainly see where Nissan has made an effort to raise the perceived interior quality.
Unfortunately, unless you choose one of the priciest versions of the car, the steering wheel is made from plastic and the gearlever from rubber, and these key contact points feel cheap. That’s particularly disappointing given that most rivals use soft, leather-like materials in these areas.
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