Nissan Micra Hatchback (02 - 11)

Nissan Micra Hatchback (02 - 11) review

What is it like?
(2002 - 2011)
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What's the used Nissan Micra hatchback like?

You'll struggle to find a friendlier town car than the Nissan Micra. The large glass area gives superb all-round visibility, and the steering and other controls are light. Catching gaps in traffic is a doddle, too, because the engines (apart from the 65bhp 1.5 dCi diesel) are eager and zippy. They're also pretty easy on fuel.

Out of town, it's not so good, though. That light steering is short of feel in bends, and the Micra's handling is far from the best in its class. However, it's at least safe and predictable, and the firm ride improves at speed. Even so, there's too much mechanical noise and road roar at motorway speeds.

Accommodation is better in the front than the back, with an excellent driving position, despite the limited adjustment, and ample space. In the back, though, the sloping roof cuts the headroom, and the boot could be bigger, although a sliding rear bench lets you shift the balance between rear legroom and luggage space.

All models are well equipped, especially with safety kit.