In basic Visia trim and with the entry-level 70bhp petrol engine, the Micra costs £12,875. By comparison, this top-spec N-Sport model, equipped with the most powerful engine in the range, will set you back £19,005.

This somewhat alters the Micra proposition in terms of value for money, not least because the Ford Fiesta ST – the finest supermini hot hatch on sale – costs roughly the same, albeit with less standard kit.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Micra’s residual value forecast isn’t totally disheartening, but it lags behind the Fiesta and Ibiza by a fair margin

N-Sport Micras come with such niceties as cruise control, automatic high-beams, DAB radio, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, though there’s no escaping the fact that this model, along with other better-equipped Micras, is simply too expensive given the muted driving experience on offer. That the Nissan is also predicted to hold its value less well than many of its rivals – including the Seat Ibiza FR – makes it particularly difficult to recommend.

But if you do like the sound of an N-Sport, and can find a tempting PCP deal, the running costs bring better news. Our test touring economy of 55mpg is competitive in the class, and a 41-litre fuel tank suffices for a range of more than 300 miles.

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