To help you when searching for a car, we’ve compiled a checklist to ensure that you know what to look for in your next hatchback!
Hatchbacks are one of the most popular types of car in the UK due to their compact size but don’t let their smaller stature fool you – most hatchbacks offer ample storage space, great fuel efficiency and high performance when driving.
|What to Look for||New Nissan Micra Features|
|A Spacious Interior||5 Doors, 300 Litre boot (expands into 1,004)|
|Powerful Performance||62mph in 12.1 seconds|
|Advanced Technology||Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Lane Intervention|
|Enhanced Safety||6 Airbags, Isofix Child Seat Mounts|
|Fuel Efficiency||61 to 88 mpg (Model Dependant)|
A Spacious Interior
An extremely important factor when thinking about buying a car for a family is space! Trying to fit your whole extended family in one car is an impossible task (unless you drive a bus), so going for a car with five seats is more than enough.
Remember that time you had to stuff your suitcases into the back of your car and slam the boot quickly so it would actually shut? We’ve all been there. Luckily enough, most hatchbacks have enough room to fit your family’s suitcases or your extensive weekly shop! If space is still an issue, the rear seats in most hatchbacks fold down, essentially doubling the boot space.
Fortunately for you, the new Nissan Micra offers all of these features. The five door layout means no bundling through one open door into the back and the 300 litre boot allows you to store a fold-up buggy with ease. If this space isn’t enough for your hectic lifestyle, the rear seats fold down and the space expands into a whopping 1,004 litres, giving you ample storage space. The New Nissan Micra is larger than the previous models and has top class seat adjustment options, giving everyone a pleasant driving experience.
You don’t want to buy a car that struggles to makes its way up to 70mph and has poor acceleration. Nothing is more frustrating than putting the pedal to the floor to only realise you’re not gaining any speed. Driving isn’t just about getting from A to B, it’s also about having fun. A nimble car can bring a smile to your face and can also get you to where you’re going quickly.
The Nissan Micra hatchback provides an agile ride and is available with a 0.9 petrol or 1.5 diesel engine. This new model is especially gracious around bends and can hit 62mph in 12.1 seconds, allowing you to get up to speed on the motorway quickly. This new Nissan hatchback allows you to have fun on winding roads and lets you do the school run in record time!
Technology to Make Your Life Easier
In this day and age, advanced technology is just part and parcel of everyday life. Smartphones are now mini computers and 3D printing is a whole thing, so we expect certain integral features within our cars as well.
Satellite radio, voice commands and GPS navigation systems are standard built-in features of the modern car. No sane driver would pass up the opportunity of parking sensors to help with parking and maps are now a thing of the past.
To help alleviate any stress, this New Nissan Micra 5 door hatchback features an Intelligent Around View Monitor, making parallel parking in a tight spot a much easier task. The Intelligent Lane Intervention system automatically moves your car back into your lane if you start to drift into another. These features are a lifesaver when you have loud and hyperactive kids in the back of your car as you can worry about one less detail.
Enhanced Safety Measures
Safety is something that should be taken very seriously with a family car, as driving can be very dangerous in certain situations. Airbags are a standard feature in all cars, but some don’t offer systems like Intelligent Lane Intervention. Ensure that you look extensively at the safety features of a hatchback before buying.
The All New Nissan Micra offers six airbags in total, giving safety from any impacts to the driver and all passengers. All of the passenger seats come with Isofix child seat mounts, so you can install child seats with relative ease.
The Intelligent Emergency Breaking system helps you to avoid sudden obstacles with fully automated breaking in the event of an incident.
The lower design of the car, precise steering and strong suspension allows for greater control around corners and the front wheel drive allows for a good amount of grip, giving you greater control of the vehicle.
Efficient Fuel Economy
To save you money in the long run, take fuel efficiency in account when looking for a hatchback. Filling your tank up every week can become very expensive, especially with the constant fluctuation of fuel prices. If (like me) you find yourself constantly worrying about where the dial is pointing in the fuel gauge, then look for a car with a higher mpg. Not only will this alleviate the constant anxiety of running out of fuel, it can save you a considerable amount of money.
If saving money is the name of the game, the All New Nissan Micra can get from 61 to 88 mpg, depending on the model and engine size. Insurance costs shouldn’t be too high either, ranging from group 3 to 8 (out of 50!) Some models also have an annual road tax of the princely sum of £0! This allows you to save your money and use it for a family getaway.
More Factors to Consider
Keep in mind there are a multitude of other factors to also keep in mind when searching for a car.
Different colours can add a personal touch to your car, but be careful – some lighter colours like white show dirt much easier!
The engine size is also important as this is where the power of the car is generated – if you need a bit more oomph, go for a larger engine size. Fuel type is also important and is a good indicator of engine size – typically diesel is used with bigger engines.
One final factor to think about is the transition. If you’re unable to drive a manual car then you should look for automatics, otherwise you’ll have a hard time working out how actually get going!
If you’re looking to save some money you could think about buying a used Nissan Micra.
There are even more things to think about when buying a used car, including:
- Service history
- Current MOT
This checklist should give you a good starting point when searching for a new compact car, but if you want some more help feel free to contact your local Nissan Retail dealership– but remember, ultimately the choice comes down to you!