What is it?
This, the fourth-generation Nissan Micra, has hardly set the sales charts alight, perhaps because it comes across as a cheap product created with none of the designed-in love and fun that characterised the previous two incarnations. Three years on from launch, the Indian-built supermini gains a mid-life makeover intended to instil a touch of covetability into an otherwise white-goods product.
It's all about cosmetics and equipment, with no changes deemed necessary for a mechanical repertoire which includes a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine in normally aspirated 79bhp form or, with a supercharger, reconfigured as the 97bhp DIG-S.
The nose gets a Qashqai-like 'V', in chrome, cradling a Nissan badge and creating a semblance of a Nissan face in place of the unidentifiable anonymity that featured before. The front bumper and lower air intake are similarly on-brand, and a further sharpening-up aft sees the tailgate now flow tidily into the bumper below.
Inside, middle Acenta and top Tekna versions get a gloss black centre console with a new-Note-like circular cluster for the heating and air-con controls, while a display screen above is able to house sat-nav and other connected telematics. The instrument graphics are sharper, the steering wheel has a leather rim, and various flashes of chrome and silver sparkle-up the ambience. The base Visia version's cabin lacks these enhancements and remains much as before.