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Nissan Micra (2010-13)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Nissans most well-known small car, the Micra made its name on being reasonably priced and reliable and now with excellent fuel economy.

For
  • Good value considering its quality and equipment
  • Reliable, safe and cheap to own
  • Excellent fuel economy
Against
  • Limited luggage space unless rear seat is moved forward
  • Headroom is restricted
  • No diesel engine
Road Test

Re-styled with a new rear the rounded shape has gone for a more pronounced, purposeful look. Superminis don't get much better than this Micra. Nippy and economical, it has one engine a 1.2-litre 12v 80bhp and 98bhp supercharged DIG-S powerplants with manual or CVT automatic transmissions. Fuel economy is excellent retuning 56mpg and 115 g/km CO2 emissions. There's good standard equipment, with ABS and CD player on basic models. Micra's build quality shines through - it's a tough but friendly and frugal hatchback for the long-term owner. The front occupants have lots of space, with an excellent driving position, good all-round vision and controls that fall easily to hand. Rear seat passengers don't do as well, as headroom is tight for adults taller heads can touch the roof. The rear seat slides forward, which boosts boot space but reduces available knee room. It's happiest at average speeds, where lots of grip and light steering make it agile and fun to drive. Refinement levels are impressive for a small car; it's surprisingly quiet even at motorway speeds.

Need To Know

Best Models: 1.2-litre Tekna


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Nissan Micra (2010-13)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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