First gear is lots of fun off the line, I've used it many times to get the advantage in the lame duck lane red light drag race, where someone creeps up with a more powerful car on my right in the lame duck lane that's ending past a red light. The couple of seconds of that wicked first gear makes them get back in line and shows them the stick shift Micra isn't the pushover they thought it was. The fact that my wife will have to learn to drive stick is another consideration, it makes it "My" car (though I'll gladly teach her when she's ready). It's also nice to decide when to shift. The pre-programmed shift points in the automatic don't take into account traffic conditions; I'll shortshift and lug in heavy traffic at every opportunity, which I'm sure makes up for my lead foot otherwise.
In our culture obsessed with absurd excess, the Nissan Micra is my counterculture car of choice.
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View my fuel log 2015 Micra SV manual: 6.4 L/100 km ... 44.3 mpg (Imp) ... 15.7 km/L ... 36.9 mpg (US) ...