The Nissan Micra has been on our roads for over 30 years now and undergone many upgrades in that time, currently into its fifth generation. Over those years it has remained a popular and iconic supermini, mainly due to its affordability, economical engines and contemporary looks, best evidenced with the latest model.
For anyone seeking a compact car, the Nissan Micra is an excellent choice. Decent handling with plenty of grip and control, especially for cornering, along with fairly smooth suspension makes it great for long and short journeys whether you’re nipping around town, doing the daily commute or taking it on a weekend break.
Available with both petrol and diesel engines, from the small yet powerful 0.9-litre turbo petrol to a 1.5-litre diesel, each one offers plenty of energy and refinement. Agile and fun when behind the wheel, makes up for it unsurprisingly not being one of the quickest cars on the market. The turbo petrol manages 0-62mph in around 11.3 seconds and is the speediest in the range, while the standard 1.2 litre petrol engine takes a leisurely 13.7 seconds or 14.5 seconds with an automatic gearbox.
More impressive is the Nissan Micra’s fuel economy. The standard 1.2-litre petrol model claims 56.5mpg with CO² emissions of 115g/km, with some of the turbocharged and diesel options boasting even better figures. For simply driving around town or shorter journeys, the petrol engines are advisable.
From the entry level Visia expect equipment including Bluetooth and safety features such as front, side and window airbags and automatic emergency braking on the latest models. Having been in production for over 30 years, the Nissan Micra has built up a reliable reputation it doesn’t look like losing, offering a decent driving performance for a car that’s ideal for those short journeys.