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  • 12 September 2013
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    Buying a Used Nissan Micra

    The Micra underwent a major face lift in 2002, adding quirky looks to its already strong reputation for reliability, and there was a further face lift in 2013, with changes coming to the grille, bonnet and both front and rear lights.

    It's fair to say that the Micra comes well equipped, whatever trim level you choose, with all models having anti-lock brakes, electric front windows and CD player. The newer models also all come with a Bluetooth connection and traction control. However, it could be worth seeking out a higher spec model, as depending on what trim level you choose, you will add on air conditioning,alloy wheels and even such top-end extras as parking sensors and auto folding door mirrors! 

    One of the biggest positives of the Nissan Micra is how it handles city driving. If you're looking for a car to cruise around Weston-super-Mare in, you couldn't find an easier car for the city. The handling is light and nimble, but the engines are nippy enough to hold their own in that environment. Safety is not a problem, with all post-2003 models achieving a four star Euro NCAP safety rating, which is always reassuring.

    The driving space is comfortable and spacious, and although rear space is no more than adequate, the boot is a reasonable size, and can be made larger if necessary by flattening the rear seats. As with any car purchase, it's always worth taking a test drive in order to make sure you're comfortable with the car.

    However, the real selling point of the Micra is the incredibly low running costs. At the very worst you'll get around 40 miles per gallon (MPG), with the diesel models achieving well over 60 MPG, and the emissions are low enough to mean road tax won't hit your wallet too hard, with models varying from categories A to D. Insurance will also be within the lowest bands, so overall running costs come in at around the lowest of any car in this category. 

    All in all, the Nissan Micra is a cheap to run, reliable, great looking supermini, and if you buy one, you'll find yourself driving around Weston-super-Mare with a big smile on your face!

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