With a history spanning over thirty years, the Nissan Micra has been a consistent performer in the supermini car class. With good reliability and an emphasis placed on frugality, it's easy to see why.
The Micra may not be a market leader in terms of excitement or performance, but it is certainly one of the most affordable cars to run. For that reason it has consistently been popular with drivers of all types, looking for a good, reliable and affordable vehicle.
Nissan Micras are economical and affordable to run.
Nissans are well known for building solid cars that last and the Mirca is no different. Well known for being affordable and reliable, the Micra is one of Nissan's top performers in the supermini class.
The running costs of the Nissan Micra are one of the most attractive aspects of this car, and so for anyone looking for something economical you would be hard pressed to find a better performing vehicle. Fuel efficiency is good, and the standard 1.2 petrol engine model offers impressive returns of 56.5mpg, and CO2 emissions of around 115g/km. There is a better performing supercharged 1.2 DIG-S model however, which is faster and returns 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions under 100g/km, making it road tax exempt.
There are reports that the affordability of the Micra can sometimes work to its detriment, and there have been complaints of a lack of quality in terms of its finishings. Basic models come with limited specifications, while their interiors can often feel very basic. But a good reliability rating means that such problems are counteracted by its affordable running and upkeep costs.
The exterior design varies depending on what generation you choose. The most recent fourth generation is more conservative than its predecessor, which featured a few more radical design flairs. Space wise the Micra is competent - the third generation model offering the most boot space at 371 litres - offering good passenger and driver room, but it sits behind other cars in its class.
As well as being the most efficient, the 1.2 supercharged engine offers better power and performance than the standard model, yet all Micras are very well suited to city driving. The mix of small dimensions, good visibility and responsive handling make this a perfect little run-around, even if this means that it might not be the most exciting car available.
The Nissan Micra safety rating is good, having scored four out of a possible five stars in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests. Along with Nissan's consistently good reliability record, the Micra is a car which is both affordable and trustworthy.
Nissan Micras have been praised over their history for being some of the most reliable and affordable cars on the market.
Here's a quick overview of the Nissan Micra's thirty year history, starting in 1982.
- The Nissan Micra was first launched (under the name Micra K10) in 1982 as the brand's main competitor in the supermini category.
- Nissan released a number of limited edition Micras including a Micro Superturbo in 1989 with a superior engine and the Be-1 - which featured a revised chassis - at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1985.
- In 1992 the second generation of Micra is released, featuring brand new DOHC 16-valve engines, and in 1993 won the European Car of the Year award.
- Having gained a reputation for reliability and economy, the Micra topped a reliability survey of small cars carried out by the German Automobile Association in 1995 after recording just seven point five breakdowns per 1,000 cars over four years.
- The radically redesigned third generation Mica (K12) was introduced at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, and was almost universally well received.
- The following years saw a number of redesigns and limited edition models launched, including the Bolero and Micra C+C, a coupé convertible.
- In 2003 the K12 topped the What Car? magazine's Security Supertest, achieving a good score for its locking and immobiliser system.
- Nissan was ranked 6th out of 26 manufacturers in the What Car? magazine's Reliability Supertest, with the K11 Micra being named as the most reliable model.
- A fourth generation Micra (K13) was unveiled in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. The new generation featured a more conservative design as well as greater fuel efficiency.
With four generations of cars and a number of limited edition redesigns in the Micra family, there are many different models and features to consider. Here are some of the most recent and their features.
Nissan Micra Visia Grade
Radio/CD player with MP3 capabilities, Bluetooth phone integration, front electric windows, anti-dazzle rearview mirror, ESP, driver and passenger airbags, ABS with brake assist and EBD, ISOFIX child seat restraints mechanism, 14" steel wheels.
Nissan Micra Acenta Grade
Radio/CD player with MP3 capabilities, front electric windows, anti-dazzle rearview mirror, ESP, ABS with brake assist and EBD, ISOFIX child seat restraints mechanism, manual air-conditioning, bluetooth phone integration, stop/start system, 60/40 split folding and tumble rear seats, 15" alloy wheels, chrome radiator grille, front fog lamps.
Nissan Micra Elle
Intelligent key with push button start system, cruise control with speed limiter, stop/start system, glass roof, 15" titanium-coloured alloy wheels, radio/CD player with MP3 capabilities, front electric windows, electric folding and heated mirrors, ESP, ABS with brake assist and EBD, ISOFIX child seat restraints mechanism, automatic climate control, bluetooth phone integration, stop/start system, 60/40 split folding and tumble rear seats, chrome radiator grille, roof spoiler, ELLE front floor mats, ELLE front door entry guard.
Nissan Micra Tenka
Parking slot measurement system, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, drive computer, intelligent key with push button start system, cruise control with speed limiter, stop/start system, glass roof, 15" titanium-coloured alloy wheels, Nissan connect with USB socket, front electric windows, electric folding and heated mirrors, ESP, ABS with brake assist and EBD, ISOFIX child seat restraints mechanism, automatic climate control, bluetooth phone integration, stop/start system, 60/40 split folding and tumble rear seats, chrome radiator grille, roof spoiler, ELLE front floor mats, ELLE front door entry guard.