Nissan Micra hatchback

£8,995 - £15,445

The Nissan Micra might not have the fun driving characteristics of the Ford Fiesta or the classy interior of the Volkswagen Polo, but its light controls make it extremely easy to drive. Anyone considering a Micra should also consider the Kia Rio, Hyundai i20, and the Toyota Yaris.

Unlike its rivals, Nissan does not offer the Micra with a diesel engine, but buyers can choose a hi-tech 1.2-litre petrol. It uses a supercharger to provide a balance of performance and economy, but even the basic 1.2-litre petrol is cheap to run. If you do a lot of mixed driving we would go for the supercharged 1.2-litre petrol, but fitted with the five-speed manual gearbox rather than the noisy CVT automatic.

Nissan has given the Micra decent levels of standard equipment, which includes a Bluetooth phone connection, front electric windows, USB plug and remote central locking. Trim levels include Visia, Acenta, and Tekna.