All round it is pretty average for a car of it's size. Comfortable, Economical, but it suffers with cost's. Insurance cost's more because it is japenese, parts cost more as they are shipped in for the model as and when required!
The 1.0 Models are underpowered and roll about when cornering, but suit town life well, are pretty good fun at times too. But i'd pick a 1.3 model in all honesty, as the power is better and will be better refined to town and motorway driving. The boot tends to be a bit cramped but the steep hatch is a good thing for storing larger objects in the boot.
I'd watch out for the usual things in all small japenese cars, if you look after it, service it properly and keep it clean, then it should not rust or get in a poor condition, but let things slip, its costly to repair and the body will rot given a chance. Electrics are a bit iffy, especially the windows!!! Also watch the CV Gaiters as they can split easy and piss oil out everywhere. The heavy body and small shocks are to blame when bouncing over sleeping policemen. Kerbed wheels can fracture the axle linkage, and brakes work one day and stop the next when they approach the end of their life with no warning at all. Also the gear linkage springs are volitile and are too tight for the gearbox, but then thats a plague with any japenese car.
Our little red Micra.