Nissan Micra hatchback (2010-2016) - Reliability & safety

The Nissan Micra has a reasonable reliability and safety record

Carbuyer Rating

2.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.2 out of 5

Nissan has long been renowned for its cars’ reliability and build quality, but this reputation has suffered somewhat in recent years. Compared to other models in the company’s range, the Micra fails to impress in terms of safety, as it had rather disappointing Euro NCAP crash-test results compared to some rivals. This was due in part to the absence of the very latest hi-tech safety assistance systems. For this reason, buyers wanting the ultimate peace of mind may want to look elsewhere.

Nissan Micra reliability

In our 2015 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the Nissan Micra didn't feature in the top 200 cars, but in the 2013 survey (when it last ranked), it achieved a very respectable 24th place. That result that can be largely attributed to the car’s reliability and low running costs, although owners also praised the Micra’s in-car technology.

Nissan as a brand, however, finished in 28th place in the Driver Power 2015 manufacturer rankings – a six-place drop from 2014. Owners complained of disappointing build quality, while reliability scores from other Nissan models won't add much confidence.


The Nissan Micra received a relatively disappointing rating in its Euro NCAP crash test. The supermini only managed four out of a possible five stars, which stands out in a class where five-star ratings have become the norm in recent years. One are where the Micra fell down was protection for the driver’s legs, while for rear-seat passengers the issue was neck protection – this wasn’t considered good enough in the event of a rear-end impact.

Despite these drawbacks shown up by the crash testing, all Nissan Micra models get six airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as part of their standard safety kit. What’s missing is the option to add the brand’s award-winning Safety Shield package, which includes low-speed collision avoidance and blind-spot monitoring and is available on models such as the Nissan Juke and Nissan Qashqai.

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