Nissan Micra variants
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Total cash price £9,999. Borrowing £7,999 with a £2,000 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
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6000 miles

Nissan Micra buying guide

Micras come with several engine and trim options. Keep reading to learn more about each so you can choose the model that’ll suit you best.

What Nissan Micra trim levels are there?

Entry-level Visia models were dropped several years ago, with Acenta now taking the place at the start of the Micra lineup. This model gets alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assistance, automatic high beams, and a basic infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Next up is N-Sport trim. This adds sporty styling touches including meaner-looking black exterior detailing and larger alloy wheels. Spec list additions include climate control, LED headlights, part-faux-leather upholstery, tinted rear windows, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

Finally, range-topping Tekna models gain large alloy wheels, more faux-leather interior trim, an upgraded Bose stereo, 360-degree parking camera, and a built-in sat nav for the infotainment system.

Nissan Micra interior and technology

Stepping inside the latest Micra reveals one of its key strengths over its predecessors. The cabin is significantly nicer than older models, with plush-feeling materials used in places you regularly touch. The neat design is complimented by a contrast-colour dashboard that helps it feel lighter inside than some comparatively claustrophobic rivals.

Nissan’s infotainment system isn’t quite the smoothest in its class, but it includes all the functions you’d hope to find, along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Permanent hotkeys on the side of the screen make it fairly easy to jump between menus, and Nissan gets extra marks for retaining physical controls for the heater and air conditioning, rather than hide them in the touchscreen.

The Micra is a small hatchback so won’t be a fantastic fit for large families but, for a small hatchback, it’s one of the more practical options available. Outright space is enough for occasional passengers and boot space is decent, but it’s the small touches that mark the Micra apart from some rivals. Its glovebox is specifically designed to be able to carry a two-litre drinks bottle, while the door bins can carry a further pair of 1.5-litre bottles, and plenty more storage spots dotted about the cabin.

Nissan Micra engine range explained

Nissan Micra 1.0 92/100/117

This is the sole engine available with the Nissan Micra – a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit. Until early 2021, Nissan offered this engine in 100 and 117hp versions, with the most powerful version claiming a 0-62mph sprint of just under 10 seconds.

From 2021 onwards, Nissan dropped those versions and replaced them with a 92hp model that offers improved economy and reduced emissions. This version won’t win any drag races but won’t feel out of its depth on the motorway.

Nissan Micra FAQs

You’ll only find one version of the Nissan Micra – a five-door hatchback. It shares several parts and engines with the similarly sized Renault Clio and Nissan also makes the slightly larger Juke SUV, which might be worth cross shopping if you like the Micra.

Alternative hatchback choices Micra buyers might want to consider include the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208, SEAT Ibiza, Vauxhall Corsa and Kia Rio.

The Micra is just a millimetre shy of four metres long. That puts it in a very similar ballpark to other small hatchbacks although, on paper, it measures up fractionally shorter than most rivals including the Fiesta, Polo, 208 and Clio.

Despite its apparent deficit in size, the Micra is one of the more practical choices in this class. The cabin is large enough for four adults to sit in reasonable comfort, and five can just about squeeze in for short trips. More impressive is the boot, which is a usefully square shape and can easily swallow a large suitcase for a week away.

Nissan now only offers the Micra with a single petrol engine – your choice is either a five-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic. While this engine won't win any races, it's more than enough for the urban jungle and the occasional bit of motorway driving.

The Micra is a likeable little car. This version is much more grown up than its predecessors, with a handful of plush materials in the cabin and sharper, more aggressive styling.

We like the willing turbo petrol engine, which is well suited to town driving and its refinement on the motorway – something small cars don't always get right.

Nissan has slipped in recent reliability surveys, generally finishing in the middle of the pack. The Micra itself is one of the more mechanically simple cars the brand makes, however, so has fewer potential points of failure.

You can add an extended warranty to your Micra, which kicks in once the manufacturer's warranty has expired. This will protect you from unexpected repair costs in the event you have a mechanical or electrical failure.

Of course, the answer mainly depends on what part you're talking about. Replacing a broken brake light will always be much more affordable than replacing a knackered engine.

However, compared to the average car, parts for the Micra should be relatively affordable to reflect the car's small size and entry-level positioning.

All versions of the Micra should be fairly affordable to insure. Certain older versions with the 72hp non-turbocharged petrol engine actually slot into insurance group 1, putting them among the cheapest cars on sale to insure.

Most recent versions come with the 1.0-litre turbo engine, which tends to sit around group 8. That's still fairly affordable and undercuts most Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa models. The poshest Micras sit in group 12.

Yes, the Micra is a great choice for a first car. Low insurance groups, especially for the non-turbo petrol models, mean comparatively affordable premiums for new drivers. Plus, the Micra comes with lots of standard safety equipment to help reduce the chances of an accident.

Yes. All Nissan cars made after the year 2000 are able to run on E10 (10% ethanol) petrol.