Nissan Micra hatchback
Price £10,050 - £15,200
- Spacious for rear seat passengers
- Cheap to run
- Clean engines
- Poor quality interior
- Not fun to drive
- Basic models lack key equipment
You won’t find many cars more common on UK roads than the Nissan Micra. The Micra has been around for nearly 30 years and has been almost as popular as rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. The fourth-generation of Micra was made to be a global seller, so its formerly quirky dimensions were toned down to ensure a broad appeal. It also only comes as a five-door hatchback, with a 2010 update removing what was left of its idiosyncratic charm.
The interior quality also suffered, with a noticeable drop in overall build quality. You do get a roomy interior for a car of such compact dimensions that can just about fit five adults comfortably, plus a reasonable-sized boot.
Sadly, it's not much fun to drive and is nowhere near as good as the Ford Fiesta. Also, the base-model Visia specification misses out some pretty essential, basic equipment that you’d expect to be included as standard on most superminis nowadays.