DESPITE consistently going down a storm with cash-strapped parents, driving instructors and motorists of a certain age, Nissan’s Micra hasn’t really broken through at the top end of the supermini sales charts. Not in this country anyway.
Rather than imitating the big sellers, the Micra has tended to stick to its guns, bringing something slightly different to the party and trying to coax car buyers around to its way of thinking.
The latest model looks to be the most persuasive yet.
There are a couple engine alternatives open to Micra customers, both 1.2-litre petrol units of a three-cylinder configuration.
The first is a 79bhp option, advanced enough to include variable valve timing technology. The second adds a supercharger into the mix.
Nissan has endowed the Micra with an unusually tight 4.5m turning radius. Also enhancing the ease with which it can be manoeuvred are electrically-assisted power steering, a large glass area and the fact that the nose of the car is visible from the cabin.
Nissan designed the Micra to be one of the safest small cars around, with ESP stability control fitted as standard alongside ABS brakes and six airbags. Seatbelt pretensioners also make the equipment list on all models, while Nissan’s V-platform architecture offers top level impact protection.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Nissan Micra
PRICES: £9,750 - £14,750
INSURANCE GROUPS: 8-9
CO2 EMISSIONS: 95-125g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.2 79bhp] 0-60mph 13s / top speed 100mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 52.3mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Six airbags, ABS, ESP
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heightmm 3780/1675/1520
WHO TO SEE: Firsway Nissan, Plank Lane, Leigh.