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Competitively priced and good to drive: we’d pick it over a Peugeot 206 CC.

Our Verdict

Nissan Micra
Its ambition is to be a world player, so will it show world-class ability?

The Nissan Micra is a supermini offering low running costs but in most other areas is below the class average

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BY NISSAN’S OWN admission, the Micra C+C is a car for girls. So we showed it to some. ‘Nice colour.’ ‘Cool dashboard.’ ‘Looks a bit weird though.’ No-one was interested in how it drove.
Which is a shame, because the way it drives is one of the best things about the C+C. In this class of car, however, looks are more important, and that could be a problem. The Micra’s cute and nicely proportioned from the front, but walk round the car and it starts to look weird. The long bootlid, tiny rear side windows and high flanks are awkward, although the glass roof reduces the top-heavy effect. That long lid does mean there’s a class-leading amount of space inside the boot, though: 457 litres roof up, 255 roof down.
So how does cutting the roof off affect the way a Micra deals with ropey British roads? Roof up, it’s as if nothing’s changed. It deals with UK roads well and the chassis’s precision makes it fun, too. It grips with conviction, and although the steering could use more feel there’s enough weight and it reacts quickly. The 1.6-litre four-pot is willing enough, but gets noisy beyond 4000rpm.
Lower the roof and things deteriorate, however – shudders come through the sides and windscreen frame, although not through the steering column. It’s not perfect, but it won’t ruin your day – well, as long as you’re not to o bothered by scuttle shake and steering feel.
If you’re after an affordable, well-equipped cute cabrio with a trick glass roof and a big boot, this is it. Get over the peculiar profile with the roof up and it looks like a winner.
Dan Stevens

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19 January 2009

[quote Autocar]the Micra C+C is a car for girls[/quote]

Mmm, yes. Well. Okay, here is the admission - I'm not a girl. I'm a 5ft 10" male, weighing just under 230 lbs and I love this car. I have just purchased one on a whim, not having read the reviews that Top Gear gave it before I made my decision.

The looks are quirky, but it appeals to me because of that. It definately stands out from the crowd, and the 1.6 engine sounds sporty but not meaty.

It drives well, reaching 60 mph in just a fraction under 10 seconds, although the engine output is only 108 bhp. There are numerous small modifications that a petrol head can make to get this up to 128 bhp for under a tenner. The six CD integrated sound system is fantastic (with wicked bass) and there is minimal rattle and shake when the roof is down. Yes, some vibration can be seen through the mirror when the roof is down, but thats about it.

Its big enough for my two children to sit in comfortably, although one of them invariably ends up in the front, and the boot space is impressive - even with the roof down.

Mine is a July 06 Essenza model, with everything from traction control to electronic brakeforce distribution. The Climate controlled air conditioning works well, and heats up much faster than my outgoing car - a Mondeo ST TDCi. It is also more economical - running at about 36 - 38 mpg urban. On long runs it is firm, but comfortable, and the heated seat helps ease my back.

There are a few minor niggles. The road holding is good, but you feel every bump in the road surface and the steering - although accurate - lacks the certainty I used to feel with the heavier Mondeo. Child seats are an issue as well, because a standard booster seat will not fit in the rear.

However, as a package this has turned out to be quite a little bargain, and as a divorced male, I find that it breeds a stunning amount of interest from females in the street. Altogether a briliant package, for under £7000.

19 January 2009

[quote Louis T]

Mmm, yes. Well. Okay, here is the admission - I'm not a girl. I'm a 5ft 10" male, weighing just under 230 lbs and I love this car. I have just purchased one on a whim, not having read the reviews that Top Gear gave it before I made my decision.

The looks are quirky, but it appeals to me because of that. It definately stands out from the crowd, and the 1.6 engine sounds sporty but not meaty.

It drives well, reaching 60 mph in just a fraction under 10 seconds, although the engine output is only 108 bhp. There are numerous small modifications that a petrol head can make to get this up to 128 bhp for under a tenner. The six CD integrated sound system is fantastic (with wicked bass) and there is minimal rattle and shake when the roof is down. Yes, some vibration can be seen through the mirror when the roof is down, but thats about it.

Its big enough for my two children to sit in comfortably, although one of them invariably ends up in the front, and the boot space is impressive - even with the roof down.

Mine is a July 06 Essenza model, with everything from traction control to electronic brakeforce distribution. The Climate controlled air conditioning works well, and heats up much faster than my outgoing car - a Mondeo ST TDCi. It is also more economical - running at about 36 - 38 mpg urban. On long runs it is firm, but comfortable, and the heated seat helps ease my back.

There are a few minor niggles. The road holding is good, but you feel every bump in the road surface and the steering - although accurate - lacks the certainty I used to feel with the heavier Mondeo. Child seats are an issue as well, because a standard booster seat will not fit in the rear.

However, as a package this has turned out to be quite a little bargain, and as a divorced male, I find that it breeds a stunning amount of interest from females in the street. Altogether a briliant package, for under £7000.

[/quote]

No offense mate but are you being serious about owning this car? I would have watched the top gear review before buying this.......

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbxt3P6UK4Y

19 January 2009

Please just tell us it isn't that eye searing pink colour they do!

If it is, I don't know whether to applaud you for the size of your man vegetables or to berate you for a lack of taste!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

19 January 2009

[quote Autocar]The Micra’s cute and nicely proportioned from the front[/quote]

Only relatively cute from the front though. The truth is that compared to it's obvious rival the 207CC the Micra is incredibly ugly, and Nissan must be very embarrased about the whole episode.

PaulJ

19 January 2009

[quote moe360]No offense mate but are you being serious about owning this car? I would have watched the top gear review before buying this[/quote]

No offence mate, but anyone who'd let a Top Gear review influence their car-buying decision probably shouldn't be operating heavy machinery ...

19 January 2009

the pink one was launched as a limited edition to support a breast cancer charity and typical of the idiots who present/produce TopGear they chose to take the p*ss when they could of used the opportunity to help raise awareness and maybe give themselves a little more credibility.But it is most certainly a girls car designed for shopping as was its design brief and it does it extremely well( even Andrew Frankel rated it very highly).My monster-in-law has had one for nearly 3 years, 30k miles and not a bit of bother and thinks it's the best roof mech ever,she was brave and chose the pale blue interior and it looks brand new inspite of little grandkids and the boot is more usable than hubbies x-type,her pug 206 was always getting repaired and felt cheap, i took it for a spirited drive one day,felt a pillock but it was a right laugh, chassis is crying out for more poke though.

19 January 2009

[quote baldyorvik]the pink one was launched as a limited edition to support a breast cancer charity and typical of the idiots who present/produce TopGear they chose to take the p*ss when they could of used the opportunity to help raise awareness and maybe give themselves a little more credibility.[/quote]

I never knew that which I guess proves your point as to what a missed opportunity it was.

Having said that it does look bloody aweful which is probably why I've only ever seen a couple.

19 January 2009

How do you get 128 bhp for a tenner mate?

24 October 2011

[quote baldyorvik]the pink one was launched as a limited edition to support a breast cancer charity [/quote]

You learn something new every day! They are making a special edition FIAT 500 in the States called the Pink Ribbon, and that is a special edition which is being made for the same purpose.

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