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Nissan Micra hatchback (2010-2016) - Practicality & boot space

Spacious for passengers, but the Nissan Micra would benefit from a bigger boot

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The Nissan Micra has excellent all-round visibility, which makes it really easy to park, plus the front windscreen pillar is fairly narrow, so there are no awkward blind spots when you’re pulling out of a junction. This is part of the reason why the Micra makes a great purchase for young drivers who’ve just passed their driving test.

Nissan Micra interior space and storage

Thanks to its wheel-at-each-corner design, the Nissan Micra is actually quite roomy for such a small car. The Micra is also only available as a five-door and thanks to its bubble-shaped roof, getting in and out of the rear is relatively easy. The back doors are a good size and open wide enough to make access as straightforward as possible.

Once you climb aboard, you’ll find a decent amount of space inside, so neither the driver nor front-seat passenger should have any trouble getting comfortable. Even in the rear seats, most adults will find there’s a reasonable amount of head and legroom – but elbowroom will be tight with all three seats occupied.

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Nissan has given the Micra plenty of storage areas, including a double-decker glovebox, cup-holders and door pockets in the front doors. In fact, the door storage is usefully sculpted to hold different items and stop them rolling around while you’re on the move. There are also excellent cubbies in the centre console for those all-important items such as your keys, wallet and mobile phone. And although Acenta Connect, Tekna and N-TEC models get Nissan’s Connect sat nav, they do without the useful 12v plug fitted to other models.

Boot space

There’s 265 litres of boot space and you can fold down the rear seats to increase the luggage capacity of the Nissan Micra to 1,132 litres. However, the entry-level Visia model does without split-folding seats - you'll have to opt for one of the higher trims for that luxury. The seats don’t fold down completely flat, but you don’t have to worry, as there are a couple of levers that enable the back seats to tumble forward. That way you get a perfectly flat load bay, which is great for transporting large items of furniture.

The entry-level Nissan Micra Visia has a smaller boot than the Mazda2 (280 litres), but when the back seats are folded down flat the Micra’s load bay is larger than the Hyundai i20’s (1,042 litres). However, the 265-litre standard boot is smaller than you’ll find in the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo, while lowering the rear seats extends capacity to 1,132 litres.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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