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Nissan Micra
A new look, better interior, and some new infotainment features characterise the facelifted Micra

Nissan Micra 1.2 DiG-S Acenta 98PS

What is it?

Nissan is calling it ‘New Micra’ but don’t be fooled, this is just a facelifted car featuring new exterior styling, a higher quality interior and some new technology on board the supermini.

Company car tax is just £23 a month for a basic rate tax payer

It’s based on the same platform as before and comes with the same range of engines as before, too, namely a 1.2-litre three-cylinder with 80PS and a supercharged DIG-S version with 98PS and CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km.


Nissan Micra
Bonnet, wings and grill are all new. The 3-cylinder supercharged engine is great fun

What’s hot?

  • Nissan has made the Micra look sportier and even a little bit more masculine – the bonnet, front wings, grille and rear have all been tweaked.
  • The cabin has been changed about, too, with fresh air vents on the centre console, which is now finished in a classy gloss black.
    Nissan Micra
    More gizmos, operated through a bigger screen, but some of the plastics still feel poor quality
  • Buyers can now get an upgraded NissanConnect sat nav system, featuring a larger 5.8-inch screen and more functionality.
  • The DIG-S engine is great fun, it makes a good noise and boasts a 0-62mph time of 11.3 seconds.
  • It’s also great for company car drivers, with monthly payments for the mid-spec Acenta model working out at just £23 for standard rate company car tax payers.
  • The Micra’s compact footprint and tight turning circle make it a great city car. It can even be specified with a system that measures parking spaces for you to see if you can fit in.
  • The controls are all light and easy to use, which makes it great for nipping through busy streets and performing low speed manoeuvres.
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Nissan Micra
The Micra is very much a city car – less at home on long motorway runs

What’s not?

  • Take the Micra out of the city and it feels less at home. It seems to wobble over bumps in the road and there’s not enough weight in the steering to give you confidence at high speeds.
  • It’s also not particularly refined, with a fair amount of wind and road noise in the cabin at motorway speeds.
  • And despite the improvements to the interior, the Micra’s cabin still feels cheap. Hard plastics line the door panels, the dashboard and almost everything you can touch.
  • Practicality is not the Micra’s strong point, with a relatively small 251-litre boot and back seats that are barely large enough to seat adults.

 

Nissan Micra
As a low cost city car, the Micra has a place. But less appealing if your businesses involves regular longer trips

Business Car Manager Verdict

This facelifted Nissan Micra is an improvement on the old car but there was more wrong with the pre-facelifted car than just its cabin and the way it looked.

Unfortunately, Nissan has done nothing to improve the way it handles at high speeds or the refinement. 

It’s going to be a low cost company car to run but if you’re regularly doing high-speed motorway runs, you’ll quickly get fed up with the Micra.

Better instead, to look at something like the Hyundai i20, which is even better value, feels a little higher quality than the Nissan, and can cope with both the city and the motorway.

 

The Low Down…

Doors and body style 5-door hatchback
Engine/gearbox 1.2 litre 3-cyl supercharged petrol/5 speed manual
CO2 Emissions 99g/km
Economy 65.7mpg
Power/torque 98PS/142Nm
0-62mph/top speed 11.3secs/112mph
Insurance group 9

…and what it costs

P11D Value£12,595 
Monthly business rental (ex VAT) From £257 (3yrs/30,000 miles)
Road tax (VED) Band A
Company Car Tax Bands 2013/14 to 2015/16 11%, 12%, 14%
Benefit in kind 2013/14 to 2015/16 £1385, £1511, £1763
Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (20%) £464/£39
Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (40%) £928/77
Annual/monthly company car tax (20%) £277/£23
Annual/monthly company car tax (40%) £554/£46
Figures correct at time of posting 
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