FirstCar awards 2018 win for Nissan Micra as Car of the Year

• Nissan Micra is the crowning glory as ‘Car of the Year’ at 2018 FirstCar awards

• Stiff competition was blown away by the 2018 Micra with its low running costs, excellent safety standards and extensive personalisation combinations

• Nissan Micra’s comprehensive safety technology, fitted as standard, was a contributing factor to FirstCar award

On 25th April 2018 in London, the Nissan Micra topped the ‘Car of the Year’ accolade, winning the 2018 FirstCar awards being held at the Royal Automobile Club. Proven great for anyone starting their driving career, the 2018 Nissan is jammed with technology and powered by a full range of efficient and super responsive engines inspiring a pleasurable, confident and fun drive.

FirstCars’ aim is to support learner drivers whilst preparing for their driving test and encourage young drivers to make informed decisions and choices after gaining their road licence. As road-safety education is at the fore of FirstCars’ agenda, the Micra is ideal in its delivery of an abundance of safety equipment and driver support aids such as Intelligent Lane Intervention, Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist as standard.

David Motton, FirstCar editor and chairman of the judging panel, said: "You couldn't want for a better first car than the Micra. With low insurance group ratings and a range of efficient engines, the Nissan is affordable to run. It's also equipped with the kind of safety features you'd expect of a much bigger and more expensive car. It's not just a safe and sensible choice. With a huge range of interior and exterior finishes, new drivers can really express themselves when specifying the car."

Alex Smith, Managing Director of Nissan GB commented, “The Micra clearly ticks plenty of boxes for a learner and young drivers. With advanced driver assistance systems as standard, over 100 personalisation combinations, the unique BOSE Personal sound system and low tax and fuel costs, it’s clear why Micra has been and will continue to be a logical and fun choice for younger drivers.”

With Micra emissions as low as 85g/km, the fuel economy of up to 88.3 mpg and prices starting from £12,400, it is unsurprising that it is popular with younger drivers with its balance of low running costs and fantastic urban performance.