I have been lurking on this forum since before the first Micras hit the market. I was here when Ant Ruby bought hers and we all read each and every word she wrote . I am probably the oldest member of the group at age 69 and have come from driving a 2000 and then a 2005 Hyundai Accent. They were reliable cars and did the job but were not "Grin inducing".
I bought the Micra 7 months and 6500 km ago. I like this car better than any that I have owned over the last 50 years. It seems to be so right for me at this time.
I like the peppy engine . Even though it is only 5 HP more than the Accent it feels like about 15 HP more. The engine has a wider power band and never seems to run out of breath.
The brakes are great. I found the ABS and the steering nannies made driving in snow a lot better than the older technology cars I have driven. The brakes grab a bit differently than what I am used to but you get used to it in a matter of a few minutes.
Handling is great. A tall car like this should be a lot sloppier in the corners. This one goes where you point it without any drama. I don't have to worry about the slow to 50 bends because the Micra goes around them easily at 70 .
I find the seats suit me very well. This was not the case with the Versa. I like the higher position as it makes access easier and the tall windows make visibility so much better than other cars. I am looking at you 2016 Accent and Rio.
Around town the car is quiet. That is very subjective... it is quieter than previous cars. At 120 Kmh the RPM is 3000 and the road roar is definitely there. It is possible that different tires would quiet things down. When I put Nokians on my Accent highway noise was noticeably reduced
Other cars I considered were the Accent - Poor rear visibility was a deal breaker. Kia Rio- I felt like I was driving it from the back seat ( The Honda Fit struck me the same way) . The Spark was quite nice , I liked that it was quiet and that the solar reflective glass made a big difference on a hot sunny day - however the salesman was a shark and I just ran away from that one. The Soul was nice but bigger than I wanted and too thirsty. The Yaris had a lot of good stuff going for it but I just couldn't adjust the seat so that it was comfortable. Finally the car that kicked me in the nuts.... I was stepping into a Hyundai Tucson.... there was a plastic or paper mat on the floor which slid as I hopped into the car. I came down hard on the outside seat bolster and POW! instant pain.. No sale.
I love the Micra. Everytime I get into it I like it more. This has never happened to me before. WOW. When I see one go driving by it always puts a smile on my face.