The Nissan Note is a small MPV with a spacious interior and frugal engines, but quality of the interior leaves much to be desired
Practicality is the biggest selling point of the Nissan Note. Thanks to its boxy shape the boot is bigger than most other superminis and there is ample room for four adults to travel in comfort. However, the quality of the interior leaves much to be desired – there are hardly any soft materials.
The Nissan Note isn’t as exciting to drive as a Ford Fiesta, but its light controls make it very easy to drive and the suspension is comfortable. The diesel engines can occasionally be heard in the cabin, but other than that, it is a very quiet car on the motorway. There is a “warm” DIG-S version that has bigger wheels and suspension tweaks that liven up the handling.
There are three engines to choose from – a non-turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol that is the cheapest to buy, a supercharged 1.2-litre petrol and a very fuel efficient 1.5-litre diesel. Our pick would be the diesel because it offers adequate pace and is very cheap to run.
The basic car is the Nissan Note Visia and comes with remote central locking, Bluetooth phone connection and cruise control. Our trim of choice would be the n-tec because it comes with sat-nav, automatic headlights, climate control, rear-view camera as well as Nissan’s Safety Shield system, which adds a lot of active and passive driver aids.
The Note is a practical car that doesn't really win you over with its design or driving experience.
The new Nissan Note isn’t difficult to recommend. It’s spacious, drives well and offers good value for money, improving on its predecessor in every department.
Like the previous Note, it’s a resolutely sensible choice that should appeal to anyone who values practicality, ease of use and the promise of reliability over more frivolous pursuits.