There are a number of ways in which even superminis such as the Nissan Micra with limited overall capability can still worm their way into our affections. They can be very spacious, very cheap, a lot of fun, or perhaps supremely refined.
Any one of those facets can turn an otherwise average car into an intriguing and appealing one for a customer with certain wants and needs.
What’s disappointing about the Micra, then, is not just that it’s a supermini of fairly limited appeal when stacked up against the best alternatives in the class, but that it doesn’t have a USP to fall back on. The Fiesta will always be an engaging car to drive. The Honda Jazz is supremely practical. The Micra, to us, is just a car that hits, at best, class average in most key areas.
There’s a reasonable amount of space inside and visibility out is good, and it’s a comfortable if not particularly engaging drive. In spite of a parsimoniously equipped base model, other cars do fairly well with their equipment levels.
If a highly specced supermini is all you’re after, then a Micra n-tec is difficult to argue against from that point of view alone.