The Micra's been around in some shape or form since 1982, but the second-generation model that was introduced in 1992 is perhaps most synonymous with the name. It collected the European Car of the Year Award in 1993, and, with a mid-life facelift, soldiered on until 2002. The radically redesigned bug-eyed third generation was similarly successful. The latest model, introduced in 2010, is neither as interesting, nor as competent as its ancestors. The exterior retains few of the distinctive features of the previous model, and the interior plastics aren't up to par. This wouldn't be a problem if the Micra was cheaper than its rivals, but it just isn't. In a class where the excellent Fiesta reigns supreme, Nissan really needs to up their game.