Nissan Micra Is An Attractive Buy

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The Nissan Micra is quite possibly one of the most reliable and underrated cars ever built and here I get to drive the latest incarnation.

Launched in 1983, the Nissan Micra is probably most remembered from its second-generation, with many of these almost 30 year old cars still on our roads today.

It is also this model that is a favourite within grassroots motorsports here in Northern Ireland, I used to navigate in a very competitive left-hand-drive replica of the ex-works, wide-arched rally car and great camaraderie is had between Micra drivers on lanes rallies and autotests.

The 3rd and 4th generation Nissan Micra’s became incredibly dull, yet at the same time done everything perfectly. Retaining previous generation owners and perhaps even keeping them as lifetime drivers of the Nissan Micra, something that this latest 5th generation car will help with.

Launched four years ago, this new model received a face-lift and some updates in 2019 and, over Christmas 2020 I got to spend a week with what is now an attractive looking city car. Cars in general are increasing in size and this latest Nissan Micra is surprisingly spacious.

Priced from just £14,000 the Micra range starts a couple of grand less than rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa and it well equipped with front electric windows, split folding rear seats, height adjustable driver’s seat, hill start assist, high beam assist, lane departure warning and intelligent lane intervention all coming as standard.

A front passenger ISOFIX child seat anchor point is a convenient feature alongside two rear ISOFIX points with LED daytime running lights and front fog lights also coming as standard.

The entry level ‘VISIA’ trim has key features such as stop start technology, DAB radio with Bluetooth calling, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, USB port with iPod connectivity, and intelligent auto headlights with rain sensing wipers.

Priced from £15,970 is an ‘ACENTA’ which adds cruise control, alloy wheels, Nissan connect display audio, smartphone app integration which includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and manual air conditioning.

Next is an ‘N-SPORT’ which starts from £18,200 and adds LED headlamps and fog lamps, trim specific black and carbon exterior pack, 17-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara seats with synthetic leather parts, and rear view camera with parking sensors.

A top of the range ‘TEKNA’ as tested, starts from £19,050 and adds 360 around view monitor, Bose personal audio system featuring two driver headrest speakers, Nissan connect navi with TomTom traffic, leather-wrapped gear knob and handbrake, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Currently an Acenta trim can be had from £199 per month (PCP) based over 37 months with a customer deposit of £1,658.73 and an annual mileage of 8,000. Nissan making sure that affordable motoring is key. And with just one engine available across the range, things are kept simple for buyers.

This engine is a 1-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol, producing 92PS with 160Nm of torque making it feel slightly punchy around town while capable of a long commute with ease. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is in anyway fast, with a 0-62mph dash done in 11.8 seconds, but it is absolutely adequate and will return something in the region of 50mpg.

Should you opt for a CVT automatic transmission, top speed reduces from 111mph to 106mph and an additional 2.2 seconds get added to the traffic light Grand Prix to 62mph. It was this very transmission that was fitted to the model tested and I found it to be somewhat lazy with what I asked of it.

For balance, I didn’t do a great deal of city driving with the Nissan Micra, and perhaps the network of A and B roads I use in my semi-rural location are not what most city-driving automatic owners will experience day-to-day.

Sadly I didn’t manage to get photographs of the test car, so the images used within this article are a close representation of the model tested and are courtesy of the Nissan UK.

Thanks to Passion Red metallic paint and ‘exterior pack plus’ the model tested came to a total of £20,530 at the time of driving.

Affordable motoring is slowly fading away, but thankfully Nissan are keeping things real with this, the smallest offering from their passenger car range and the latest Mirca does exactly what it says on the tin, with a modern look.

Fact File for model tested

Make : Nissan
Model : Micra
Trim : Tekna
Engine : 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol
Gearbox : CVT automatic
Cost : £20,530.00

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

RMS Forum Comments

lightning replied at 11:33, Fri 21 May, 2021
I had a k11. It was un-killable. Sold it to a mate in the outer Hebrides around ‘09 and his son is still driving it. My brother stuck a P off a primera at the end of the badge so it read micrap. Became a joke so it stayed on. The k11 that replaced it was just a clio really. Good enough car I’m sure but the original 2 were hard to beat.
ilovequo replied at 12:19, Fri 21 May, 2021
£20k would buy a good few ex granny k11s
vw1500 replied at 08:29, Sat 22 May, 2021
My mum had a K10b that was a great wee car, then had a K11b 1.3 that was a really sharpe wee thing, She got the one that came after that and hated it, just wasn't the same car at all. Still a couple of late K10s in the family. Older guy down the road here still dailies a 1990 K10, and couple of elderly neighbours still in late K11s. Da always drove Nissans but kept the last two for a long time, got a shock at the price they'd got to when changing to a Pulsar last year!
eamon343 replied at 13:05, Sat 22 May, 2021
Woman across the street from my parents has a wee k11 with not much more than 20k on it, always garaged and spotless underneath. She asks me to check it over for mot every year, i check the lights and change the oil and filters every other year. Had to change the original tyres a few years ago because they were cracked. Are they worth anything? She asked me what it was worth and i guessed 1k but i have no idea
vw1500 replied at 13:20, Sat 22 May, 2021
| Woman across the street from my parents has a wee k11 with not much more than 20k on it, always garaged and spotless underneath. She asks me to check it over for mot every year, i check the lights and change the oil and filters every other year. Had to change the original tyres a few years ago because they were cracked. Are they worth anything? She asked me what it was worth and i guessed 1k but i have no idea
That's probably accurate £ dude, let me know if it's for sale, few of our ones like them lol. Even the older ones rarely get much more than that. One next door to my folks is the same, red 3dr always garaged. Rot kills them, engines last for ever.
eamon343 replied at 15:26, Sat 22 May, 2021
| That's probably accurate £ dude, let me know if it's for sale, few of our ones like them lol. Even the older ones rarely get much more than that. One next door to my folks is the same, red 3dr always garaged. Rot kills them, engines last for ever.
Will do, there isnt a spec of rust on it, just usual faded red paint and a few bumper scuffs
Coog replied at 15:51, Sat 22 May, 2021
Also a K11 fan. The new stuff is a far cry from the unburstability of the old Nissans unfortunately. Toured the east coast of Australia in a K13 Micra which was pretty dreadful.
vw1500 replied at 15:52, Sat 22 May, 2021
£300 max then :) | Will do, there isnt a spec of rust on it, just usual faded red paint and a few bumper scuffs
| Also a K11 fan. The new stuff is a far cry from the unburstability of the old Nissans unfortunately. Toured the east coast of Australia in a K13 Micra which was pretty dreadful.
that'll be since renault stuck their oar in
Cartunes replied at 19:19, Sat 22 May, 2021
Give me my old one back any day........
gary1365 replied at 20:51, Sat 22 May, 2021
I lusted after a yellow k11 that was for sale when I was 16 and my dad wouldn’t let me buy it. A wee k11 would still be near the top of the list to modify and abuse for the lols if I ever needed a wee run around.



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