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THE Pixo has done a decent job in the Nissan range of filling the citycar-sized gap beneath the company’s Micra and Note models.

It’s a comparatively straightforward small car package that lacks the design innovation and fashion sense we’ve seen from other offerings in the sector but it makes up for that with decent practicality, low pricing and miniscule running costs.

The sole engine option is a simple but effective one designed expressly for city car applications. The all-alloy construction of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit makes it light and assists in achieving the Pixo’s low 850kg kerb weight. This unit is now higher-tech than previously too, boasting Dual VVT variable valve timing. Running costs will be a major attraction for Pixo customers with the improved 1.0-litre engine now returning up to 74.3mpg. The urban cycle is designed to replicate city use and at just over 50mpg will be more indicative of the sort of economy that owners can expect. CO2 emissions are similarly low with an average of 99g/km grouping the Pixo in with the very cleanest cars on the road.

The Pixo is a compact proposition but not in the same league as the likes of the Toyota iQ and Smart Fortwo. It measures 3,565mm long and 1,630mm wide so there’s no need for major sacrifices in terms of passenger or luggage carrying capacity. The Pixo will seat four adults in reasonable comfort and still offers a 129-litre luggage bay that can increase to 367-litres with the seats folded down.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Nissan Pixo

PRICES: £7,195-£9,095 - on the road

INSURANCE GROUP: 2

CO2 EMISSIONS: 99g/km

PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph 14s / max speed 96mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: up to 74.3mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: twin front airbags, ABS

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heightmm 3565/1630/1470mm.