Nissan Micra 1.2: One Minute Test Drive Review
15 March 2012
Author: Jack Carfrae
What's new: A new 1.2-litre supercharged engine has been added to the existing Micra range. It offers the performance of a larger petrol unit with CO2 of 99g/km and economy of 65.7mpg.
Excellent: The new engine is superb and makes up for the Micra's other shortcomings. It requires some encouragement but it's surprisingly potent and even performs reasonably well at motorway speeds.
Good: As well as impressing for its performance, the DIG-S petrol engine offers great efficiency figures, making for a competitive 35.1p per mile running costs.
Average: A P11D of £13,595 isn't exactly cheap, even for the top-spec Tekna, and the inside could be described as old-fashioned and cheap, compared to the improvements witnessed on rival models.
Poor: Apart from the new engine, pretty much everything else about the Micra is below par. It smacks of budget production and is well behind the class best.
Verdict: The new engine is great for both its performance and low running costs, but the car is bettered by most rivals in just about every other way.
The new engine is great for both its performance and low running costs, but the car is bettered by most rivals in just about every other way.