The Nissan March has had a complete makeover, with this latest model finally able to compete properly with rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Renault Clio. It’s stylish and good to drive, with a quality interior including loads of kit and safety features.
In fact it’s one of the most-improved cars of recent years, and any prospective supermini buyers should definitely have the March on their shortlist. Even keen drivers will find something to like in the Nissan, and while it’s not top of its class, it does have an impressive spread of abilities.
The Nissan March has been on the scene since its debut in 1983, with the supermini forming a vital part of the Japanese brand’s range on these shores for over three decades. In that period though, the March has earned a reputation for being rather dull and dependable, and nothing worth getting that excited about.
But Nissan is hoping that the status-quo will change with this new model, incorporating distinctive styling to make the car stand out and overhauling all of its inner-workings to bring it in line with rivals like the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta. It’s only available as a five-door, but much like the Renault Clio the rearmost set of door handles have been hidden behind the C-pillar for a more streamlined aesthetic.
It feels light and agile on the road, with plenty of grip and good body control in corners. The steering has just about enough weight to it, but doesn’t have much feel. Still, with the smooth shifting five-speed manual and the well-judged driving position, the new car is the best March to drive yet.