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  • Launched in 2017
  • Small hatch
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    Small hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Comfy, smart but flawed hatch

Best bits

  • Perky three-cylinder engines
  • Generous safety equipment
  • Modern, attractive interior

Not so great

  • Not the most economical
  • Poor rear headroom
  • Fidgety ride in N-Sport trim

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Overall verdict

"The Nissan Micra is a huge improvement over its predecessor. It has a stylish design, smart looking interior, and is stuffed with every imaginable safety gizmo. Unfortunately though, it still lags behind the competition in a number of key areas, especially practicality and comfort, and the jittery low-speed ride could be a turn off."

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The Nissan Micra could stake its claim as the brand’s best known car - especially in the UK. Over the years it's been a budget option, often popular with learners and prized for its easy, approachable driving character. However it lost its way, and the previous generation Micra was one of the least competitive cars in the class.


Luckily, that changed with the arrival of the current model. New from the ground up, it is better than the old car in every possible respect, but naturally the prices have risen to match this new upmarket approach. It has a generous level of safety equipment, welcoming interior and strong petrol engines, all boosting its appeal.


The current shape Micra used to be offered with a 1.5-litre diesel and a (rather sluggish) 71PS petrol. Now the choice is simpler. A 1.0-litre petrol three-cylinder turbo engine, with two states of tune; 100PS or 117PS. 


It was refreshed in 2019, with the efficient diesel version and glacial entry-level car were dropped from the range, as small car shoppers shift towards, electric cars and hybrids, although Nissan doesn't offer the latter.


That means it's not the most efficient of superminis. Official economy hovers just above 50mpg if you go for the 100PS car with a manual gearbox, which trails many of its rivals, including the Ford Fiesta mild-hybrid.Still, performance and refinement are both strong, so much so that the quicker engine feels a bit redundant.


When it launched there was no auto version of the latest Micra, but it’s an important option for many small car buyers, so a CVT auto for the 100PS petrol has been introduced. The standard car gets a five-speed manual gearbox, while the quickest model gains an extra ratio to make the most of the added oomph.


Nissan has tried to make the Micra feel sporty, and while it does tackle corners in a tidy fashion, the jiggly ride on uneven roads in town detracts from this car's otherwise sophisticated demeanour. It settles down on faster roads, and in fact it's an excellent cruiser, we just wish it felt as composed in suburban situations.


This mixture of good and bad faithfully sums up the whole experience in this car. The interior looks great, it uses some posh materials and feels solid, but is let down by some obvious cost-cutting in important areas.


Passengers in the front get loads of space and some thoughtful details, in the back it's cramped and dingy.


There are a confusing number of trim levels to choose from too, and the choices you make can have a big impact on the exterior styling and technology on board. In its most basic forms the Micra feels stripped out and dated, where high-spec models have decent integrated infotainment hardware and lots of equipment.


We think the mid-range Acenta with a 100PS engine is your best bet. The higher trims are too expensive, but we would add a few options (reversing sensors are a must) to ensure getting the best ownership experience. Still, the Micra is right back on the shopping list for anyone searching for a small car with a spring in its step.


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Nissan Micra

1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr

  • 2019
  • 9,279 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • South West Nissan Wellington
  • Somerset, TA219JE
Price:£10,995
PCP: £189.13/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £189.13, Customer Deposit: £1,649.00, Total Deposit: £1,649.25, Optional Final Payment: £4,600.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,062.93, Total Amount Payable: £13,057.93, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.09%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Nissan Micra

1.0 Acenta Limited Edition 5dr

  • 2018
  • 21,306 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • South West Nissan Wellington
  • Somerset, TA219JE
Price:£8,995
PCP: £148.46/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £148.46, Customer Deposit: £1,349.00, Total Deposit: £1,349.25, Optional Final Payment: £4,025.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,723.81, Total Amount Payable: £10,718.81, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.09%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Nissan Micra right for you?

The previous Micra was an ugly, cheap and soulless disaster. That's not just our opinion either, Nissan sold far fewer of them, losing ground to its rivals in the process. This new model is a much better product.


Its eye-popping list of safety equipment and low insurance ratings make it a perfect first car for nervous new drivers (or worried parents) and it now has the style and technology to contend with the class front runners.


Weirdly, this is one small car that feels more at home on the motorway than it does in town. That makes it great for people who do a lot of miles, but don't fancy the steeper running costs of owning a larger model. 


Still, its jittery town ride means there are better options for anyone seeking a suburban runabout. Cramped rear seats and an average boot mean that practically-minded folks are likely to prefer something roomier.


That group might be the same one that is considering a small SUV, but the Micra has zero off-road capability.


What’s the best Nissan Micra model/engine to choose?

To get the best value for money out of your Nissan, we would pick the Acenta trim, and splash out the extra £770 to kit it out with sat-nav, a reversing camera, and parking sensors. You'll still be missing a few key items, but the prices rises too steeply on the highest trims to justify going any higher, unless you're buying a used car.


Both the older 90PS petrol and newer 100PS model have sufficient flexibility to work in town and on the open road, but pick the latter if you have the choice. It's can stretch its legs on the motorway and overtake quicker.


While we're well aware that most supermini buyers do not cover high enough mileages to need a diesel, for those that do, the Micra is one of the best of the breed. It's quiet and smooth, requires less encouragement than any of the petrols, and can do 70mpg in real world conditions. For a tiny niche though, it'll be a perfect fit.


What other cars are similar to the Nissan Micra?

With a starting price from just over £14,000 the Micra lines up nicely against budget-friendly rivals such as the Hyundai i20, Skoda Fabia and Kia Rio. Still, each of this trio has a bit more room inside than the Nissan. 


Yet its sharp styling and generous safety kit could tempt buyers away from sophisticated and chic small cars, including the Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, and more grown-up Volkswagen Polo. All are fine all-rounders that feature some of the nicest interiors in this class, with plush materials and slickly integrated on-board gadgets. 


Buyers looking for a bit of excitement behind the wheel should check out the Ford Fiesta. It remains the best small car to drive, with supple suspension, agile responses, and tidy body control. If comfort is a priority the Citroen C3 has low running costs, armchair-like seats and a spongey ride for soaking up bumps in the road.


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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What engines does the Nissan Micra use?

The current Micra used to be offered with a 1.5-litre diesel and a (rather slow) 71PS petrol. Now the choice is simpler. A 1.0-litre petrol turbo, with either 99PS or 115PS.

Russell Campbell

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Do the back seats fold down in a Nissan Micra?

Yes. So if you need to cram in more stuff than usual (like when starting university) you can extend the boot in the Micra by dropping the seats, but it’s not as practical as some rivals.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the new Nissan Micra a good car?

In just one generation the Micra went from a disappointing, dowdy and cheap mess into a desirable small car with a nicely finished interior and grown-up driving manners.

Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

Can I get it with an automatic gearbox?

When it was launched there was no auto version of the latest Micra, but it’s an important option for many small car buyers, so a CVT auto for the 99PS petrol has been introduced.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What happened to the Nissan Micra convertible?

You mean the Micra C-C? Those letters stood for Coupe-Cabriolet and this car (designed and built in the UK) was launched at a time when the industry went nuts for soft-tops. Sadly, the trend was a short-lived fad, and buyers soon went off these strange small convertibles.

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