The Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia is better value for money than a 50p laptop.
The Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia is better value for money than a 50p laptop. Why? Because this entry-level manual trim has been reduced from £9,750 to £7,995. And - much like a computer - this five-door supermini has plenty of electrical wizardry considering its price. Highlights include Bluetooth for connecting mobile devices, an electronic stability programme for safer cornering, anti-lock brakes to prevent skidding, and MP3 playback for your favourite tunes. Only a few years ago, these features were reserved for the latest and greatest hardware. The Micra also has electric front windows and numerous air-bags, but it lacks air-conditioning. Shame, that is like having an expensive computer without Blu-ray.The Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia has strengths to complement its processing power. But what? First and foremost... it is a Nissan. It therefore feels beautifully screwed together and should last longer than flash memory. This complements the confidence inspiring handing and comfortable ride that ensure this binary lover is effortless to drive. The Micra is practical too. Cargo capacity is therefore a respectable 265-litres increasing to 605- litres when the rear bench is folded flat. Plenty of room for computers, then. Power comes from a 1.2-litre 80PS petrol engine – not an Intel i7 processor – that propels laptop lovers to 62mph in 13.7 seconds. Not fast, but fast enough. The Micra also averages a decent 56.5mpg and can be taxed annually for only £30. That is less than the price of a pen-drive.