Nissan Micra K11 1.0 Review

Click here if this is your business
★★★★☆
4.4 / 5
88% of users recommend this
Click here if this is your business
  • Performance

  • Practicality

  • Reliability

  • Value For Money

Richard M.'s review of Nissan Micra K11 1.0

★★★★★

“If you're considering the current British built Micra,...”

Written on: 04/04/2001 by Richard M. (1 review written)

Good Points
Lovely 1 litre engine, gearbox, reliability, fuel economy. Just does everything so well overall - no real faults, painless to own. Plain image - not favoured by boy racer types - does not attract attention

Bad Points
Slightly "cheap" looking plasticy interior, occasional squeek or rattle, but nothing of any real concern anywhere. Paintwork quality OK but not up to VW standards.

General Comments
If you're considering the current British built Micra, then go for the 1 litre - it performs remarkably well and is more economical and cheaper to insure than the 1.3. Has the best small 16-Valve engine available which pulls well and revs sweetly and is matched to a super-smooth 5 speed gearbox. Good torque for a small engined car and you notice it on the road. Nice to drive with safe, confident handling - brakes are very efficient. Easy to park in tight spaces. Upright interior is spacious and makes good use of the compact dimensions. Reasonably sized boot too. Excellent driving position, but not too keen on the offset pedal arrangement. Fuel consumption is a real plus point - mine does low to mid 50's mpg on shortish runs! Other running costs are about as low as you will achieve with any vehicle nowadays, and group 3 insurance is welcome.



Spot-on for reliability, as all surveys will prove. I've had no problems so far, leaking rear wheel cylinder apart (not unreasonable on a 5 year old car). Just remember to change oil every 3000 miles (fairly simple on these) and use a good semi-synthetic 10w-40. Remember, these units have a timing chain - far superior to a belt but it is vital you maintain it with a fresh supply of oil.



If you buy a Micra you are getting a good, well enginered product which comes with the reassurance of great reliability thrown in. It may not have head-turning looks, but then if you value image and appearance over substance then that's your problem. What you get with these is a competant vehicle that will serve you well. Second hand prices are keen now. Buy a good 'un and look after it - it wont let you down.

  • Value For Money

If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Davidbishton.'s Response to 1107_Richard M.'s Review

Written on: 03/05/2002

A very good review. The 1.0 Micra engines are revvy, stick on a K&N and a good exhaust and it can be as quick as a 1.3 Micra.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

Mwe's Response to 1107_Richard M.'s Review

Written on: 28/09/2004

I've had one of the earliest 1-litre Sunderland-built 5-door Micras since new in 1993. I find it extremely comfortable (unlike Nissans made in Japan), even on 6-hour journeys without a break (Yorks to Berks delayed by stationary traffic on M1). After 66,000 miles it still doesn't use or leak oil. The driver's seat doesn't sag (I've been around 13-stone all the time I've had the car). The only trouble I've had is the Blaupunkt radio pack in under warranty, the dim-dip lights play up a couple of times, a rusty crossmember (after 9 years) & a tyre that had covered 53,000 miles lost its tread! Despite only 998cc, the close-ratio gearbox (18.2 MPH/1000 rpm in 5th)combined with twin-cam, fuel-injection & 16 valves gives excellent real-world performance. Acceleration's lively, even when you go from 60-70 MPH in 5th.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

77257_Frank W.'s Response to 1107_Richard M.'s Review

Written on: 04/03/2003

Having a Nissan Micra as a courtesy car whilst my Fiesta 1.25 was in for accident damage repair, the following are my comments:
Slow to pull away to 30 mph.
<br>Drivers position uncomfortable (backache and painful knee)
<br>Very knotchy gear change
<br>Cheap interior
<br>No CD player and Radio controls very fiddly
<br>Ugliest car that has ever parked on my driveway

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.

24919_Richard M.'s Response to 1107_Richard M.'s Review

Written on: 26/05/2002

I wrote the above review. Just wanted to add that as mine is the basic spec 1.0 litre L model, without power-sapping power steering, weight adding electrics, etc (no intermittent wipe even!), the 1.0 litre engine provides good performance because of the cars light weight.
<br>
<br>I recently tried a newer model with power steering and a few more extras and I reckon the performance (and I would expect fuel economy) suffered a little.
<br>
<br>So if you are going for a top spec model you might want to bear this in mind.

Reply to this comment
If you are commenting on behalf of the company that has been reviewed, please consider upgrading to Official Business Response for higher impact replies.
Report this review