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Nissan Micra review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Micra boasts respectable fuel economy and should be cheap to insure

As you might expect, the 1.5 dCi diesel is the most economical car in the Micra range. When fitted with the smaller 16-inch wheels it returns 52.3mpg on the combined WLTP test cycle. All diesel versions have emissions of 107g/km.

Nissan Micra Acenta 1.0 petrol 2017 review

The switch to WLTP testing has narrowed the economy gap between diesel and petrol engines, and in most instances the petrol is better suited to the Micra. The shorter distances most superminis cover mean that petrol will be a better option for the long-term life cycle. The 1.0-litre car returns 46.3mpg, while the new 99bhp turbocharged unit is better still at 50.4mpg. Even the 115bhp Micra returns a respectable 47.9mpg.

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Emissions start at 121g/km for the 70bhp motor, with 114g/km for the 115bhp engine. Emissions for the 99bhp engine vary depending on wheel size, but a range of 103-105g/km isn't going to affect company car costs drastically. All variants cost £140 a year in road tax.

Insurance groups

The Micra isn’t just efficient, it’s also cheap to keep on the road thanks to some low insurance group ratings. If you go for the entry-level 1.0-litre car in Visia+ trim, it sits in group 1E, which is very appealing for young drivers.

The least powerful 1.0-litre petrol is unsurprisingly in the lowest insurance group of the range, while the diesel has 7E or 8E ratings, depending on the trim level you go for. The DIG-T 117 version sits in group 11, but the Micra still remains cheaper to insure than the VW Polo, which can only manage as low as group 8 and goes all the way up to group 28.

Depreciation

Residual values are the strong point of the rival VW Polo, which can retain up to 48 per cent of its value after three years. The Micra is around 10 per cent behind for resale values, while new prices are similar to the Polo's, so you'll lose more money over three years of ownership.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 IG 71 Acenta Limited Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £13,875

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 IG 71 Acenta Limited Edition 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £13,875

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 DIG-T 117 Acenta 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,085
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