Driven: Nissan Note
One of our most popular models in 2015 was the Nissan Note – we organised hundreds to be be delivered all across the UK from our Preston offices. Most people don’t realise that this is such a successful model for British manufacturing since it’s been built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory since 2013.
So what makes this little car so popular? Probably because it ticks the boxes on so many people’s requirements when choosing a small car. The car I’ve been testing is the Nissan Note 1.2 Acenta. It has a characterful three-cylinder engine which is strong enough and economical. For those wanting more performance or even more economy a supercharged petrol engine or a diesel engine are also available.
The Acenta version that I’ve been driving is the next one up in the range from the Visia entry version. With a list price of £13,620, it certainly offers plenty of equipment for the price tag including air conditioning, alloy wheels, privacy glass, cruise control, Bluetooth and keyless entry. One of the most practical features of the Note is also the sliding rear bench seat which allows you to choose between extra rear legroom or a larger boot capacity. Together with Nissan’s “Flexiboard” system, this can be used either as a load divider or to raise the height of the boot floor to create a flat load area with the rear seats folded down. The Note has a boxy design so benefits from an airy cabin in addition to an above average boot size for this size of car.
The interior of the Nissan Note is best described as clean and functional in design compared to some of its rivals, and I can’t complain about the quality of the fit and finish. Sure, some of the interior plastics look a little cheap and shiny, but overall it’s a pleasant cabin with a comfortable driving position and plenty of standard equipment.
So is it worth considering? Definitely. It’s practical, safe, well equipped and from a manufacturer that has a great reputation for reliability!
For: Practicality, equipment & value.
Against: Bland interior compared to some rivals
Verdict: A good all-rounder
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