The used Nissan Pixo costs less to run than a solar-powered calculator.

The used Nissan Pixo costs less to run than a solar-powered calculator. This is partly due to its tiny 1.0-litre 67bhp engine that averages 64mpg and returns up to 74.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle. This fuel frugality means the five-speed manually geared Pixo has very low emissions, so twelve months road tax only costs £20. Sounds good to me.

Now, driving the used Nissan Pixo in town is virtually effortless as its pint-sized dimensions, and excellent visibility, make manoeuvring easier than catching fish in a pond. The handling is also perfectly suited to urban work as the steering is lighter than a super model and the transmission is slick. However, the acceleration is rather modest, it takes a life changing fourteen seconds to reach sixty, so best not race any Ferraris at the lights.

This reliable Japanese city car is available with three specifications. The Visia has five doors, twin air-bags, power steering, anti-lock brakes, and a CD player to sing along with on your way to the shops. The Acenta adds side air-bags and electric windows, and the range topping n-tec has electronic stability control and air-conditioning. Unfortunately, all models also have a tiny 129-litre boot that feels smaller than a DL envelope.

Still never mind, on the bright side the used Nissan Pixo has creditable build quality, reasonably cabin space, a decent specification, and a certain 'quirkiness' that makes it stand out from the crowd. Prices for this distinctive run-around, according to's database, start at roughly £6,000. That buys a virtually new 2009 example from a 'buy safe' seller. Happy days!