Chloe is wondering whether to follow dad’s advice and buy a Nissan Micra.
Hi Behind the Wheel, I’m looking at a small car on a budget, Dad reckons a Nissan Micra but I’m leaning towards a Barina.
What do you think? I don’t want to spend more than $17,000 and have to have air-con, auto and Bluetooth.
Peter Hitchener - Hi Chloe, I recently had a drive of the recently refreshed Nissan Micra and was left quite stunned at just how enjoyable the baby Nissan is. It has new front and rear styling and a refreshed interior with comfortable seats and a nice and pleasing feel throughout.
The Micra actually drives really quite nicely too, the only possibly drawback is that the Nissan comes with only a four-star ANCAP safety rating. It’s priced from $13,490 for a manual, though the $15,290 starting price for an auto model should see you get in well and truly under your $17,000 budget - and yes, you will get air-con and Bluetooth too.
Chris Miller - I agree with Pete that the 2015 Nissan Micra is a superb little offering for the money. I would still suggest though that you give a couple of other models a go as well, namely the Volkswagen Polo and the Mazda2.
The Polo recently made our list of the best cars under $20,000 for 2015 and comes with a willing little turbocharged engine and a full five-star safety rating, the only problem is an automatic transmission will blow your budget by about $2,000.
Just squeezing into your $17,000 budget is the Mazda2. Available in both sedan and hatch, the Mazda2 also gets the full safety score and offers quite an enthusiastic 1.5 litre engine.
And coming soon is a new model from Kia, it’s called the Picanto and it might be another option as it will come with a seven year warranty, auto transmission as standard and a starting price below $15,000. That’s of course if you aren’t in too much of a hurry for your new car.
Thanks for your email Chloe, we would love to know which one you go for.