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Nissan Micra Review
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Nissan Micra - Overview
The Nissan Micra, first introduced back in 1982, is one of the UK’s favourite superminis and is now back with a new fifth generation of the five-door hatchback that’s a huge leap forward both over the outgoing version, but also within the sector thanks to some technology from the class above.
What is the Nissan Micra like to drive?
When setting up the way the Micra drives, Nissan has aimed for class leading comfort and fun and has got the compromise just right. The Micra offers an impressively refined ride. Not only does the car’s suspension cope well with bumps, but the seats offer excellent support too. The result is a car that equals the best in the market.
In terms of driver involvement and fun, the Micra is up there with the best in its class. Grip is seriously impressive in A and B-road corners. Nissan claims this is helped by a system it calls Trace. Trace very subtly brakes selected wheels to improve the car’s stability and attitude in bends, even when you’re nowhere near the limit of grip.
Both the 90hp petrol and the 90hp diesel are excellent engines. The petrol feels nippier around town, while the diesel has the edge on the motorway. All versions use a slick five-speed manual gearbox.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 0.9 IG-T 90hp, 99-104g/km CO2 (18-19% BIK), 61.4-64.2mpg
- 1.5 DCI 90hp, 85-97g/km CO2 (20-21% BIK), 76.3-88.3mpg
- 5-speed manual
Nissan Micra trim levels explained
The Nissan Micra has a simple trim level range running from Visia through Visia+, Acenta and N-connecta to Tekna. Key items of standard spec of the Nissan Micra are:
- LED headlights
- 15” steel wheels
- Power adjust and folding mirrors
- Intelligent braking with pedestrian detection
- USB connection
- Auto headlights and wipers
- Powered front windows
- Trip computer
Visia+ (in addition to Visia)
- Manual aircon
- Lane departure warning
- Hill start assist
Acenta (in addition to Visia+)
- 16” alloys
- Cruise control
- Apple Carplay
- 7” touchscreen display
- Aux socket
- Uprated audio system
N-connecta (in addition to Acenta)
- Auto Aircon
- Sat nav
- DAB radio
Tekna (in addition to N-connecta)
- 17” alloys
- Keyless start
- Rear view camera and parking sensors
- Bose audio
How to spec the Nissan Micra
Working on the premise that most supermini drivers don’t do high mileage, the 90hp petrol is the engine of choice for the Nissan Micra. Not only is the petrol £1,330 less expensive than the 90hp diesel, but it also sits in a lower benefit-in-kind tax band. This effectively means a double saving on company car tax. The petrol is also the more nippy engine around town and is fractionally more fun to drive.
The Acenta trim level offers the best value for money on the equipment front and includes all the company car essentials, such as connectivity items like Apple Carplay. The only item missing is a digital radio, but that can be added with the £700 Vision Pack, which also includes sat nav, rear-view camera and parking sensors.
Nissan Micra Interior – what’s it like?
The interior of the Nissan Micra is seriously impressive. The main dashboard area is impressively soft-touch with high quality materials and an uncluttered layout. Nissan also offers a host of different colours and trims for this main part of the dashboard to allow buyers to customise the interior.
The boot is an impressive size for the class at 300 litres and is easily big enough for most day to day requirements.
Verdict The Nissan Micra is the best all-round supermini on the market offering great looks with the perfect combination of an excellent driving experience and larger-car ride comfort. The impressive interior space and superior equipment levels come in at an attractive price and it also comes with Nissan’s record for excellent reliability.