Corners are a bit of a challenge for the new Micra Hatchback, too, thanks to a lot of body roll and steering that is overly light. Still, this is a Micra and what buyers have always enjoyed about it is its safety and predictability. You know what you’re going to get from it, and in that sense, it isn’t going to let you down. Responsive controls, light steering and excellent visibility all ensure that it’s a very competent city car.
There is only one engine available – 1.2-litre three-pot petrol unit that is available in either 79 or 97 bhp guise. The less powerful of the two is naturally aspirated, and could be said to be the better choice of the two. It’s cheaper to buy and run, and feels right at home in the city.
However, the supercharged 97bhp variant is quicker and offers a bit more shove, and can get you from rest to 62mph in 11.3 seconds before maxing out at 112mph. Compared this with the 79bhp variant, which takes 13.7 seconds to cover the 0-62mph and the difference is quite significant.
You can pair the engines up with a CVT automatic ‘box as opposed to the standard manual one, but this will have a negative impact on their speed. The CVT automatic transmission is also guilty of emitting a very nasty, very constant droning sound.
There is no diesel engine available.