2014 Nissan Note Review | Recombu Cars

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Nissan Note

2014 Nissan Note

Lem Bingley road tests and the new Note to discover whether new baby can compete with the Fiesta.

Nissan’s new Note is a departure from the previous of the same name, which was as a compact people-carrier. This known as the ‘Versa Note’ in the States, is a more straightforward aimed squarely at mainstream in the crowded supermini sector. The Fiesta. in particular, seems to be sat in sights.

The new Note will be in Britain, but we needed to travel to to sample a couple of early thrashing them to Bratislava and to see how they measured up.

The new Note go head to head with the Fiesta.


First of the new Note are positive. While most cars look like the husk of their shiny forerunner, the Note hasn’t too badly While most cars look like the husk of their shiny forerunner, the Note hasn’t too badly in its transition to showroom

The glossy, wide-mouthed grille stretches up into the headlamps in frog fashion, and a curvaceous still flicks back on along the car’s flanks. people called the bold a “squash line”, which was until it was revealed that were talking about the arc by a squash ball as it pings racquet to wall to floor.

Alas the interior doesn’t meet expectations set by the bodywork. The features a glossy slab of console set in an aluminium-coloured frame, but is one of few highlights among an otherwise collection of disappointing pieces of Chromed metal door try their best to lift the but they face an uphill

The cabin seems well though, with no rattles or evident even when rough cobbles and tramlines on the of Bratislava.

The car bears a resemblance to the Invitation concept car, at the 2012 Geneva Motor


The Note’s exit the MPV sector means there are no doors to compete with the B-Max or Vauxhall Meriva, but the car is in with a shout as versatile Most notably, there’s legroom in the rear – more than you’d expect to in a hatchback the next size up. The doors also open out to 90 degrees to help in the process of kiddies into car seats.

At long the Note is about 4cm than a Fiesta, with extra between the wheels to the roomy cabin.

Some trim levels get tables for rear passengers, a rear bench that backwards and forwards through of adjustment, to trade legroom luggage space. Boot swings from 325 litres to 411 as a result, though.

The interior is far attractive than the exterior.


Three engines are from launch: a weedy three-cylinder petrol engine at 80PS and 110Nm of torque, a DIG-S triple-cylinder supercharged producing 98PS and 147Nm, and a dCi diesel that can manage and 200Nm. All come with manual gearboxes, while a CVT transmission is an option with the engine.

We sampled only the and dCi engines, both with gears. Neither felt potent, with the petrol plenty of revs to drag the Note along at any sort of A six-speed gearbox might helped to avoid that of flooring the throttle to no detectable but there are only five to choose among no matter engine you select.

The scrabble to takes the DIG-S car 11.7 while the dCi needs another two Plus, the cheerful hums and of the supercharged unit are much to the eardrums than the dismal of the diesel, giving it a clear We didn’t try it, but we’d guess the petrol engine is best

Bald figures aside, the car feels a lot keener, partly due to suspension with less to wallow in corners. It’s noticeably better damped ragged roads, feeling more composed than the jiggle-prone diesel. The electrically steering is also sharper in the edition, a vast improvement the standard helm which as if it might be communicating with the wheels via Morse-code flashes of

  Even the better of the two cars we felt as happy on a twisting road as a hedgehog with a leg.

That said, the better of the two cars we tried as happy on a twisting country as a hedgehog with a gammy responding to urgent demands as if it only recently have from hibernation. Keen will prefer the superior and sharper reflexes they’ll in a Fiesta.

It’s not particularly but the note is at least aerodynamically

Economy Environment

All versions of the new come with a stop-start that is active as standard, with a fuel-saving eco-driving that runs by default startup. A green button to the handbrake lever switches the eco off, releasing the full you’ll be needing for any overtaking Another button by the door the stop-start.

The instruments also attempt to the driver on the narrow path to efficiency. There are gearshift as well as a readout showing how throttle travel remains your ankle not be sufficiently A row of five green lights on or fade away in sympathy squandered fuel, while a at the very top of the binnacle lights up to remind you when eco mode is

The Note is also as slippery as a eel, boasting a drag of 0.30, compared with an among the competition of about according to Nissan.

These and measures help the new Note to scores of 99g/km with the petrol engine and 95g/km the diesel. Choosing the automatic drags the CO2 out to 119g/km, however.


The new Note’s four-model starts from £11,900 for the Visia spec, bringing wheels and a notable lack of to a party where remote locking and cruise control to have arrived by accident.  An optional styling pack is available for the Tekna, adding wheels and deeper bumpers.

trim starts at £13,250 and alloy wheels (15-inch as 16s for the DIG-S), air-conditioning, Bluetooth and a rear bench. Acenta variants start at £14,150 and the NissanConnect infotainment system, control and automatic lights and

The range-topping Tekna grade at £15,950 and brings 16-inch part-leather seats, 360-degree cameras, keyless start, a steering wheel and automatic air

Additional cameras on the nose and mirrors are fitted as part of the trim, or as a £400 option on Premium cars. These the driver to summon a top-down of the car’s perimeter on the central plus either the view or to the rear depending on the gear

Nissan kindly demonstrated parking-speed safety feature by up the Note’s windows and letting us on a short course of cones, of which we didn’t squash.

The will also flash up an warning if anything in the image is relative to the car, drawing to unwary pets or children around behind a reversing for example.


The new Note itself a thoroughly mixed bag of and not so good. Handsome looks, safety systems, competitive and class-leading cabin space lacklustre interior trim, handling and engines that use a little more puff.

The new car fare better than the Note, which in seven clocked up fewer than a million cars worldwide. But we the new Note will put much of a in sales of the Ford Fiesta.


Model tested: 2013 Note

Torque: 147Nm ft)

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