posted 6 years ago

Used Nissan Micra Meets Meerkat Sibling

The used Nissan Micra's 'bug-eyed' headlights may make it look like a surprised meerkat, but under its furry exterior lies an excellent supermini

The used Nissan Micra's 'bug-eyed' headlights may make it look like a surprised meerkat, but under its furry exterior lies an excellent supermini. The current generation Micra was introduced in 2003 and raised the standard for cheap urban transport. In fact, the Micra is such good value that 2007 models are listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from only £5,000.

The Micra is available with various engines, most of which favour fuel frugality over performance. My favourite is the 1.5-litre 84bhp diesel, as this averages 60mpg and has low emissions that park it neatly in road tax band D/£90. The acceleration, although leisurely, is perfectly acceptable as it reaches 60mph in 11.5 seconds. The most economical petrol is the 1.0-litre 64bhp variant, but this drinks more fuel than the diesel and takes three ice ages to reach 60mph – okay, 15.2 seconds.

Whichever engine you choose the Micra's handling perfectly suits town driving. The steering is lighter than the Government's wallet, the transmission slicker than a comedian's favourite joke, and the ride more comfortable than a first class aeroplane seat. These characteristics complement the rock solid build quality that should ensure your Micra is reliably motoring years after those meerkat insurance ads are banned under EU law.

The three and five door Micra is available in various trims, but these have been renamed over the years making the line-up more confusing than quantum physics. Recent entry-level Visia models have power steering, electric windows, anti-lock brakes, and twin air-bags. The highly specified Tekna adds satellite navigation, an electric driver's seat, and parking sensors in case any merekats are dozing behind the rear bumper.

So, there we go. The used Nissan Micra is an easy to drive, reliable, beautifully equipped supermini that costs less to buy than a small desert mammal. Nice work Nissan.