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Nissan Micra Overall verdict
An excellent little car in everything but styling, the Nissan Micra is the sort of car you buy for your daughter on the grounds that it’ll never go wrong and won’t attract boys.
‘Everything about this car is better than the way it looks. They must’ve engineered it by day and styled it at night.’
What is it?
There's a competent chassis lurking under that mumsy body. Grip levels are surprisingly good, body roll is kept to a minimum and the steering is positive and nicely weighted.
Despite those diminutive dimensions the Micra rides very well, soaking up bumps like a much larger car, making it the ideal city transport that occasionally has to step in for longer journeys.
On the inside
The right choice of a broad selection of engines is the 1.5-litre diesel. It's comparably quick with the numerous petrol options, has the same top speed but delivers a genuinely impressive 60mpg.
A Micra is never going to cut it, unless you can rescue some vestige of cool from the fact that you've bought a car that cares far more about being good than actually looking good.
More Nissan Micra cars we've driven...
- Nissan Micra DIG-S VISIA driven
- September 2011