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.
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.