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Nissan Micra is still best new first car

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The Nissan Micra has been crowned ‘New Car of the Year’ at the 2019 First Car awards, as well as winning the inaugural ‘Supermini of the Year’ category.

Retaining the New Car of the Year title it won in 2018, the Micra was praised by David Motton, FirstCar’s editor and chairman of the judging panel.

He said: “We’re delighted that Nissan has made big-car safety features like autonomous emergency braking standard on the Micra. What’s more, fuel-efficient engines and low insurance groupings make the Micra affordable to run, even on a tight budget.

“The Micra is easy to drive – just what a new driver wants as they build up experience on the roads. What’s more, there’s plenty of scope for drivers to personalise the look and finish of the car, inside and out. It’s a first car any new driver would be proud to own.”

The ceremony, sponsored by Warranty Direct and held at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, brought together senior figures from the worlds of motoring, insurance, and road safety and the 17 trophies covered everything from apps to finance.

2019 First Car Awards – the winners

Marketing Campaign                                    Marmalade – Freedom Tastes Sweet

App of the Year                                                Driving Theory Test 2019 Kit

Safety Technology of the Year                  ConnectedCAM Citroën
Sponsored by ingenie

Road Safety Initiative                                   Kent County Council – Speak Out
Sponsored by TSO

Product of the Year                                        TyrePal Solar Colour Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

Finance Product of the Year                      Marmalade Cars for Young Drivers

Retailer of the Year                                        Arnold Clark

Green Car of the Year                                    Renault Zoe

Safe Car of the Year                                        Volkswagen Polo
Sponsored by Driving Test Success

Most Wanted First Car of the Year          Audi A1 Sportback
Sponsored by Driving Test Success

Used Car of the Year: up to £2000          Ford Fiesta (02-08)
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

Used Car of the Year: up to £5000           Kia Picanto (11-17)
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

Used Car of the Year: up to £10,000        Hyundai i20 (15-)
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

Used Car of the Year: overall winner       Hyundai i20 (15-)
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

City Car of the Year                                            Volkswagen Up!
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

Supermini of the Year                                       Nissan Micra
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

New Car of the Year                                            Nissan Micra
Sponsored by Warranty Direct

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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