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City cars may come with small prices, but discounts are normally equally small. However, we’ve found savings of up to 23% on the new Nissan Micra – cutting the starting price down to just £7,881.
When it comes to sturdy but affordable city cars, the Nissan Micra has been in showrooms since 1983. The current model offers low prices, a spacious interior and light controls, although it’s not as interesting to look at or as fun to drive as many rivals.
You also get stable handling and a mostly smooth ride. With large doors for the size of the car, getting in and out is easy, too. On the flipside, the Micra’s brakes could do with a bit more bite and it can be noisy at motorway speeds. The car does lag behind some newer rivals with a four-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, though.
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Brand new Nissan Micra 1.2 Visia for just £7,881
Thanks to a substantial discount of 23%, you can put a new Micra 1.2 Visia on your drive for less than £8,000 – saving you £2,414. This model comes with five doors for easy access to the rear seats and has a small petrol engine under the bonnet. Fuel economy and acceleration are unspectacular, with the car returning a claimed 56.5mpg and taking 13.7 seconds to reach 62mph.
Standard equipment includes electric front windows, a trip computer, a folding rear bench seat, six airbags and stability control to keep the car under control on slippery roads. You also get remote central locking and Bluetooth for connecting your phone to the car.
Save 22% on economical petrol Nissan Micra 1.2 DiG-S Acenta
If you’re after a model with a little more equipment, the Micra 1.2 DiG-S Acenta is available for £10,144 – a saving of £2,901. Claimed fuel economy is a strong 65.7mpg, so visits to the petrol station should be rare and this model is quite sprightly, taking just 11.3 seconds to accelerate to 62mph.
The equipment list includes automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, plus cruise control with a speed limiter – so you can’t accidentally break the speed limit. Also on the list are air conditioning, electric door mirrors and split-fold rear seats.
£3,117 discount on Nissan Micra 1.2 DiG-S CVT
Those after an automatic Micra could save £3,117 on the 1.2 DiG-S CVT – cutting the price to £12,328. Economy and performance do drop with the addition of this automatic gearbox, however. Nissan claims 56.5mpg economy and the car takes 11.9 seconds to hit 62mph – both worse than the model above, which shares the same engine.
In Tekna form, the car does include lots of equipment; standard are rear parking sensors, door mirrors that fold electrically for squeezing though tight gaps and suede-effect upholstery.