BLENDING the cheeky styling of a supermini with the practicality of a compact MPV ought to be a winning formula and so it proves in the pert shape of Nissan’s Note.
The latest round of revisions have added extra equipment to the mainstream variants, plus a new luxury version. What was already a solid package just got even more compelling.
On paper, this car is roughly equivalent in size to its immediate rivals at just under four metres long, 1.53m high and 1.69m wide. In the metal however, it appears lower and longer with minimal rear overhang and quite a pronounced nose protruding at the front. On this resides a slatted grille similar to that first seen on Nissan’s Murano 4x4 as well as a pair of bulbous headlamps. The Note is squared-off at the rear with the natural roofline taking an unusual last-minute jerk upwards to maximise cargo capacity in the back.
The interior feels very spacious and that’s in no small part down to the fact that the wheelbase of 2.60m is longer than that of theoretically roomier cars like the Volkswagen Golf. This available space can be optimised between luggage and rear passengers with the aid of a sliding rear bench seat as well as the usual folding arrangement.
Three main engine choices are offered. Low mileage buyers will choose between a 87bhp 1.4-litre and 108bhp 1.6-litre powerplants, but those who might want to take their Notes further afield may want to consider the improved diesel engine, a 1.5-litre dCi common rail unit borrowed from the Micra range with 85bhp on tap.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
CAR: Nissan Note range
PRICES: £11,200 - £16,000p
INSURANCE GROUPS: 10-15
CO2 EMISSIONS: 110-159g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.5 dCi] 0-62 12.8s / top speed 104mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.5 dCi] (urban) 56.5 (extra urban) 76.3 (combined) 67.3mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: ABS, twin front and side airbags
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Height mm 4100/1690/1550.