The Nissan Micra has been in production since 1982 and has long been a favourite of many UK drivers as an affordable, reliable and fun-to-drive super compact car. The Nissan Micra has undergone five variations and makeovers in the last 35 years but has already retained a reputation as being a nice drive and reliable car to own.
Competing against the likes of the Volkswagen Polo and Renault Clio, the dependable Nissan Micra has a strong reliability record that makes it popular with used car buyers – particularly those looking for their first car or something easy to handle. Though older models were judged to be dependable but dull, later generations such as the Mark 4 and Mark 5 are light agile and playful to drive thanks to new engineering aids such as Nissan’s Active Ride Control that helps improve handling and stability around corners.
As a super compact, the Nissan Micra is also enticing to the used car buyer because of its excellent running costs. The 1.5 litre diesel version of the Micra can do 88 MPG and emits sub 100g/km of CO2. As such, this makes it an attraction option for car tax and future fuel costs. Likewise, the entry level 1.0 litre petrol version of the Micra is in insurance band IE, making it one of the cheapest cars to insure.