What's the used Nissan Micra hatchback like?
Efficient and easy to drive: that’s how you would describe the Nissan Micra in its previous incarnations. From this 2017 version, however, it has been stuffed with safety tech, the interior design and quality have been improved and there’s a wider choice of engines to tempt buyers out of more established small car rivals.
Much more impressive is the list of standard safety tech, which includes lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and hill start assist, all of which adds an additional layer of safety to the Micra.
The Micra is an easy car to drive, with light steering, a smooth clutch and a progressive brake pedal. The suspension isn’t great at dealing with short, sharp shocks – such as potholes – when trundling around at town speeds and it can transmit a little too much of the low-frequency vibrations caused by broken road surfaces into the interior. However, the ride settles down when you get up to motorway speeds, and the car feels very stable and planted. Road noise is well contained, but you can hear some wind noise being kicked up by the large door mirrors.
Inside is a driving position that includes a multi-adjustable steering wheel and driver's seat. The dashboard impresses, too, with large, clear dials and well-labelled switches that are logically arranged. If you want an armrest, though, you’ll have to choose N-Sport trim.
The steeply angled windscreen pillars can obscure your view at angled junctions, but don’t cause any problems most of the time. However, rear visibility tends to frustrate. With thick rear pillars and shallow rear screen, it’s just as well you can have rear parking sensors and a reversing camera on some models. However, they’re only standard on N-Sport and range-topping Tekna models, being optional with popular mid-spec Acenta trim.
Up front, the Micra is impressively roomy. If you regularly carry more than one adult passenger, you might need to cross the Micra off your list. Compared with the Skoda Fabia, leg room is tight and head room is downright poor, even for those of average height. The Micra’s boot is a decent shape and usefully wide, so it’s capable of taking a fold-up buggy or a big weekly shop.