What used Nissan Micra hatchback will I get for my budget?
You can pick up a fourth-generation Nissan Micra from about £2000 with about 80,000 miles on the clock. Add another £1,000 to your budget and there’s a healthy selection of sub-70,000-mile cars to choose from, although these will mostly be in basic Visia specification.
For a car equipped with the more powerful supercharged engine, expect to pay from £4000, while automatic Micras cost from about £3800.
For a post-2013 facelift car, you’ll need at least £5000, while a last-of-the-line Micra with less than 5000 miles on the clock might still attract £10,000 from a main dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Nissan Micra hatchback?
Regardless of whether you choose the basic engine or the supercharged version, you can expect about 50mpg from the Micra if fitted with a manual gearbox, or about 40mpg with the CVT automatic installed.
The lower-powered engine costs £30 per year to tax, whereas the supercharged unit qualifies for tax exemption thanks to the sub-100g/km CO2 output that results from having stop-start fitted. Again, though, opting for the CVT will cost you in the long run because it pushes up CO2 emissions. For the supercharged engine, this means you’ll pay £30 per year, while for the more basic engine you’ll face a tax bill of £110 per year.
Nissan charges from £189 for a service on a Micra at its dealers. That’s quite a bit more than you’ll pay for a Ford Fiesta but it does at least include one year of European breakdown assistance.