Used Nissan Micra Hatchback 2003 - 2010 review

Category: Small car

The Nissan Micra is a hugely capable, well made and good value hatchback

Nissan Micra Hatchback (02 - 11)
  • Nissan Micra Hatchback (02 - 11)
  • Nissan Micra Hatchback (02 - 11)
Used Nissan Micra Hatchback 2003 - 2010 review
Star rating

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.


The Nissan Micra is a hugely capable, well made and good value hatchback

  • The Micra has sweet engines and bags of safety kit
  • Rear headroom and boot space are poor

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.

Ownership cost

What used Nissan Micra hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Nissan Micra hatchback?

Even the thirstiest Micra (the 1.6) is good for more than 40mpg, so you won't have to worry about fuel costs. The 1.4s give mid-40s and our favourite 1.2 is knocking on the door of 50mpg. The diesels, meanwhile, smash the door down and go all the way past 60mpg.

Servicing isn't cheap, though. A Renault Clio costs about the same, but a Vauxhall Corsa, Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 206 and Skoda Fabia - to name a few - are all cheaper to maintain.

Buy a two- or three-year-old Micra and value loss won't be a headache, either. However, take care not to pay some of the optimistic prices being asked for nearly new examples or you'll be hit in the pocket when you sell your car on later.

Our recommendations

Which used Nissan Micra hatchback should I buy?

The 80bhp 1.2-litre petrol five-door is best for its blend of willing performance and strong fuel economy. The 1.4 petrol is fractionally quicker and fractionally thirstier, but if you want the ultimate performance, there's also a 108bhp 1.6 petrol, which is as fast as it gets in Micraland. We'd pass on the 64bhp 1.2 - it feels noticeably slower than the 80bhp version, but its fuel economy is barely any better.

There's also a 64bhp 1.5 dCi diesel, which is very frugal and ideal for those who live life at a very slow pace. If you simply must have a diesel engine, the 81bhp 1.5 dCi is the better choice. It dishes out more pace, but delivers the same fuel economy.

All Micras are kitted out with comfort and safety in mind. Twin front airbags, anti-lock brakes, power steering, electric front windows, a single-slot CD player and remote locking are standard on all. We'd go for SE spec for its air-con.

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