The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A slick and stylish small 5 door car, that is great for everyday

Starting price: £13,765

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Just about fit an umbrella fold pushchair and a couple of shopping bags

1 x ISOFIX front passenger seat

7″ touchscreen

360 camera

Thermaclear windscreen – demists in minutes

Cons

Can’t fit a travel system in the boot

No air vents in the rear

No boot button to close boot

Cupholders could be better positioned

Intro

The new improved Nissan Micra 5 door car comes in 4 different manual trims; Visia, Acenta, N-Sport and Tekna.  We drove the Acenta.  It was a nice, easy drive that could move when we put our foot down (apparently due to the turbo engine).  However, even with the turbo, in our opinion, there are more exciting cars to drive in this class. The shape of the car has changed over the years, it now looks much more stylish and comes in a variety of bold colours.

Interior

The dashboard in the Nissan Micra is slick and smart. The on-board computer, with 7” touchscreen is simple to manipulate and navigate around.  The sat nav has been upgraded, although with the Acenta upwards, the car has smartphone integration so you don’t need to rely on it.  Nissan also provide the 5” “advanced drive assist display,” which is a little screen that sits in between the speedometer and rev counter.  This means you can keep your eyes on the road and glance down and in front rather than having to look at the centre console to see who’s calling. The air con is manual as opposed to climate control.

The mirrors are a good size, but a rear camera and parking sensors are only available on the N-Sport.  If a 360° camera, giving you a birds-eye view of the car is on your list, then you’ll need to select the Tekna trim. This is where Nissan take parking to a whole new level.  They call it the “Intelligent Around View Monitor” and we love it!  It makes parking anywhere an absolute breeze, regardless of any background distractions from the kids!  You can see everything surrounding the car and even zoom in to see how close you are to the kerb – clever stuff!

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats are comfortable but sadly leather is not an option. We were assured the synthetic fabric is wipeable – let’s hope so! There is plenty of room in the front for 2 passengers, but the back is a little snug for taller adults, especially on longer journeys. There are 2 ISOFIX points in the rear and a further ISOFIX point in the front passenger seat. A real positive is the fact that the back seats can accommodate 3 child seats. We had no problem putting 2 large boosters and a 3rd smaller booster seat in the centre on the rear bench. So useful for growing families or playdates and car shares. 

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 good size cup holders positioned in between the two front seats, so retrieving drinks can be a little awkward compared with the Toyota Agyo, where they are further forward. However, the door bins are a good size and can easily accommodate additional drinks. The glove box is also a reasonable size too. 

Sadly, there is little storage in the back, except for 1 cup holder for the kids to fight over – joy! And a little tray in each door; good luck trying to get anything in it!

Boot Space

The boot is a pleasant surprise and a good size for a small car at 300 litres.  With a few twists and turns, a large stroller will go in, leaving room for shopping/sports bags/ school bags etc. There is a drop down to the boot floor, so you will have to lift items up and over.

Summary

Overall, we liked the Nissan Micra.  It is a small, nippy family car that can comfortably fit 3 children in the back, whist providing ample boot space for extras.  We would certainly go for the Acenta model or above if you’re wanting a lot of the items on our pros list.  It is affordable and ticks all the boxes for busy family day to day life.  

Car seats used in the review – 1 x Graco Booster Basic (40cm) 1 x Babystart Topo Booster (38cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

300 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

3999 mm (L) x 1455 mm (W) x 1 1455 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

44.1 – 52.3

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 17.4 secs