Nissan Micra review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

Nissan Micra 2021 rear right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 front right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 rear right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior dashboard
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior rear seats
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior front seats
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior infotainment
  • Nissan Micra 2021 front cornering
  • Nissan Micra 2021 rear right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 front right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior front seats
  • Nissan Micra 2021 boot open
  • Nissan Micra 2021 front right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 rear right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior dashboard
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior rear seats
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior front seats
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior infotainment
  • Nissan Micra 2021 front cornering
  • Nissan Micra 2021 rear right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 front right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 right tracking
  • Nissan Micra 2021 interior front seats
  • Nissan Micra 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Nissan Micra engine range has been slimmed down to just one option – the 90bhp turbocharged petrol, badged the IG-T 92. There’s no hybrid or electric version, although the Japanese manufacture offers the slightly larger and more expensive Nissan Leaf fully electric car.

The Micra's engine is fairly flat at low revs, but once the turbocharger kicks in, there’s enough power for it to feel nippy when you’re driving around town. With a manual gearbox, the 11.8sec 0-62mph time is swift enough to get you to motorway speeds in a quick and easy manner. The Ford Fiesta feels even zippier because of its mild-hybrid tech, and will get you to 60mph around a second faster.

With the largest 17in rims, the Micra is quite fidgety at motorway speeds and you find yourself constantly making tiny steering adjustments. The Polo is more comfortable for driving long distances, and won't feel quite as busy.

Nissan Micra 2021 rear right tracking

Handling

The Micra has light steering so you'll find it undemanding to drive in town. The wheel doesn’t weight up as consistently as in the Fiesta or Renault Clio out on the open road, and you can’t place the car as intuitively as you’d like.

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