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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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|
…and what it costs
|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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