While it is beyond our remit to tell you whether or not you should think a car attractive, even the most cursory glance at the latest Nissan Micra will tell you that it does without the flair that marked out its predecessor when it was launched in 2002, and that of the car’s rounded 1993 antecedent.
The 2013 facelift helps in this regard – all the bits you can see from the windscreen forward are new. The grille features a chromed V motif and the bonnet, wings, headlights and front bumper are also all new. A rear wing, previously only available on top-spec models, is now fitted across the range, base model apart, and there’s a lip on the base of the tailgate which creates a smoother look between the boot and bumper.
Two semi-circular creases in the roof are claimed to increase panel rigidity and add a little visual drama, but given the cost of pressing this largely unnoticed flourish into a cheap car, the cash would have been better spent elsewhere.
The moulded rear wing is designed to improve aerodynamics (0.33 Cd) as well as styling. It also helps to keep the rear screen a touch cleaner. The Micra is not a car blessed with myriad styling details aimed at surprise and delight, but the way the roof extends back towards the rear spoiler is one of the few.