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Engine size 999
Engine size 1198
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With slicker styling, a much-improved interior, more equipment and better value for money, Nissan's heavily revised fourth generation Micra supermini turned over a new leaf in 2013. As before, it was impressively space efficient and offered the option of a clever supercharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that was not only eager but also both frugal and green. It may be sensible rather than sporty, but this very affordable contender delivers in exactly the areas a small car should. Let's check it out as a used car buy.
The Micra, Nissan thinks, should be small, easy to drive and very affordable, both to buy and to run. This improved post-2013 MK4 version ticks all those boxes and in some ways is a very refreshing change in a segment still prone to bring us cars that are ever- larger, sportier, more sophisticated and, inevitably, more expensive. This model takes precisely the opposite approach, simplified to appeal to buyers in more than 160 countries but still intentionally compact, yet deceptively practical. It is in fact one of the most space-efficient cars we can think of.
And, in terms of its supercharged 1.2-litre engine, one of the cleverest. Here's an engine you just don't hear about when so-called experts stand around talking about the best buys and the neatest technology in the supermini segment from the 2013 to 2016 era. Take it from us: they've missed a trick. It's affordable, melodious, efficient, perky and runs on more affordable fuel. You can't ask much more from an engine than that.
For all its attributes though, this Nissan will, in used form, probably continue to sell to the same core market that's always liked the thought of a Micra - cash-strapped parents, driving instructors and motorists of a certain age. Thanks to a bit more style to emphasise the substance in this design, it really deserves to find a wider audience than that - people looking for a bit more from a supermini but buyers still sticking with a very sensible set of priorities. Who'll appreciate a car designed that way too.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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