The turbocharged 0.9-litre petrol engine in the Micra is the same one that’s in the Renault Clio. But while it feels a little sluggish in that car, it zips the Micra along quite happily, giving you the performance you need not only for town driving, but also for comfortable motorway use.
A big part of this is due to the solid swell of shove provided from low to mid-way up the rev range, but the engine is also happy to be worked hard.
The diesel is also shared with Renault, and delivers its power evenly from low revs. True, it doesn’t like to be taken all the way up to its redline, but that’s a trait common to most diesel engines of its size.