- More spacious than most rivals
- Packed with technology
- Nimble driving experience
- Modern looks
The drivers of Nissan's cars were the inspiration when it came to updating the latest version of the popular Micra supermini.
But while every Micra model has benefited from an upgrade of one sort or another, it’s the more premium variants that have come off best – especially in the area of technology and style.
The Japanese brand saw the 2021 refresh as the next step in the evolution of a model that first appeared in Europe in 1983.
Keeping things simple has long been part of the plan and in the Micra’s case there are just the four trim grades of Visia, Acenta, N-Sport, and the top-spec model I tested here, Tekna.
There’s a new turbocharged IG-T 92 petrol engine available in the range. The model tested here features the existing and more spirited IG-T 100 unit, which develops 99bhp of power.
Our Micra returned average fuel consumption of 46.2mpg over 275 miles of varied work, just short of the official 50.5mpg figure.
And that was for a model with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) auto gearbox – not something that's generally desired in a small car, but which actually works well in the Micra, even if you do lose a little economy.
Technology and Safety
If you choose either of the top two trim levels – N-Sport and our tested Tekna grade – LED headlamps are provided as standard along with an Around View Monitor camera system and eye-catching 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
The Japanese brand’s vision for a more exciting and connected future through technological innovation, called Nissan Intelligent Mobility, is particularly noticeable in Tekna models.
The Around View Monitor, which helps negotiate difficult parking scenarios, gets a moving object detection set-up, and there’s also blind spot warning exclusive to Tekna.
Music lovers will appreciate the BOSE sound experience with speakers built into the driver’s headrest in addition to the NissanConnect infotainment system with TomTom navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Every Micra model comes well-equipped with essential safety kit like Hill Start Assist, Intelligent Ride Control and something called Intelligent Trace Control for better handling in difficult conditions.
That said, there’s even more advanced stuff in the Safety pack, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition and forward emergency braking being just three of them.
Design and Practicality
The Micra’s cabin makes its mark courtesy of black and ivory highlights for the seats, dash trim, door panels and either side of the gear shift, not forgetting the flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Interior space is adequate too, unless the front seats are fully slid back, and concealed rear door handles add to a smooth, clean profile.
The reasonably sized boot expands to above 1,000 litres when the 60:40 split/fold rear seats are down.
Compact, well-balanced, and lively, the Micra can satisfy more enthusiastic drivers and at the same time provide a stylish runaround for city and suburban motoring.
The top-spec Tekna model is easily the most luxury-feeling model in the range, offering a top-drawer infotainment system, safety packs, and bold design features including 17-inch alloy wheels and sharp LED headlamps.