The new Nissan Pixo 1.0 N-Tec's tiny dimensions makes driving in town easier than catching fish in a pond. The handling is also perfectly suited to urban work as the steering is lighter than a super model and the five-speed manual transmission is slick. This complements the decent ride that makes nipping to the shops surprisingly comfortable. Not bad for a city car that is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from only £6,499.
Now, the Pixo's cost cutting tendencies continue once you take possession. The 1.0-litre 67bhp engine averages 64mpg and has rock bottom emissions of 103g/km, so it sits in road tax band B/£20. As well as being economical the Pixo offers cash conscious owners reasonable performance. Sixty miles-per-hour approaches in 13.6 seconds and it is capable of 96mph – perhaps more if you push it off a cliff.
The five-door Nissan Pixo 1.0 N-Tec may be cheap but it has various handy toys. These include twin, side and curtains air-bags plus anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. It also has power steering, a CD player, air-conditioning, and 50/50 split rear seats. Motorists also benefit from Nissan's legendary build quality that should ensure the Pixo lasts long enough to become a family heirloom.
On the downside, a lack of refinement and intrusive road noise at higher speed hints at the Pixo's low price. Another gripe is the tiny 129-litre boot which means there is less storage space than a DL envelope. Access to the luggage area is also awkward due to its odd shape and high rear lip. Oh, and the four-speed automatic variant can be hard work as it takes 16.5 seconds to reach sixty.
Still, never mind. The Pixo's low running costs, creditable build quality, reasonably cabin space, and decent specification should ensure that overall Nissan is on to a winner.