Nissan Micra review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Micra boasts respectable fuel economy and should be cheap to insure
The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol is definitely better suited to the Micra, with the shorter distances most superminis cover meaning that petrol will be a better option (compared to diesel) for the long-term life cycle. The previous 99bhp turbocharged unit with the five-speed manual gearbox delivered 50.4mpg, while even the 115bhp Micra returned a respectable 47.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle.
Emissions for the most powerful 115bhp engine were rated at 133g/km, while CO2 figures for the 99bhp engine varied depending on wheel size, but started from 126g/km for the manual version and 140g/km for the CVT auto.
Nissan claims the current 91bhp five-speed manual model will return an average of 53.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 121g/km. There's an efficiency penalty if you opt for the CVT auto, which manages a 47.1mpg maximum and 137g/km of CO2.
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 DIG-T 117bhp version sits in group 11. 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.
Our expert data suggests that the Nissan Micra should hold onto around 49 per cent of its original value after a typical ownership period of three-years and 36,000 miles driven.
In this review
- 1Nissan Micra reviewThe stylish and safety-conscious Nissan Micra is a capable supermini, but isn't on par with the best in class
- 2Engines, performance and driveNissan has ensured the latest Micra is better to drive than ever, although it’s still not the best in class
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingMicra boasts respectable fuel economy and should be cheap to insure
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Micra’s up-to-date cabin matches the smart exterior look, with plenty of customisation options
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Micra features a practical boot, designed for the most common uses
- 6Reliability and safetyNissan has included an impressive list of standard safety kit for the Micra