Car Reviews: Nissan Note 1.4 SE – The AA

22 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Nissan Note 1.4 SE – The AA

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Drives than most rivals glovebox design is the best Care taken over passengers’ facilities Oft-overlooked Saver function is valuable

Looks like an assemblage the parts bin Entry-level models vital family-friendly kit Split floor only built to 50 kilos Dials look and unattractive

Bigger than a Modus but smaller than a Scenic, Nissan’s Note a platform with the former and with both, yet offers a different approach to family Like the Vauxhall Meriva, it some of the practicality of a compact MPV retaining the looks and feel of a

In its marketing for the Note (or NOTE as it insists on writing it), refers to its ‘distinctive profile’ and a individual design’, but this is far the case. If anything, the Note like an amalgam of other products with the grille the Murano, the rear lights the X-Trail and the front lights and from the Micra. The result may be but it isn’t particularly cohesive and the looks a little awkward.

It’s classed as a so-called B+ vehicle – a bit bigger a Fiesta but not as big as a Focus. But it’s inability to pin it down precisely is one of its key attractions. Buyers can feel are getting something a little out of even though it’s conventional in what it offers.

The is shorter than a Volkswagen overall, but the wheelbase is actually making it feel like a one minute and an MPV the next.

Entry-level S are wilfully under-equipped. With wheels, no split boot no tray tables, no active rests and just four it is difficult to envisage anyone one, particularly as these are the features that are supposed to the Note noteworthy. Mid-range SE is the best value buy.

Unexpectedly, it’s the small petrol engine that is the enjoyable of the range. Because it to be worked slightly harder the larger units, it feels lively and responsive, yet copes with high-speed cruising. The fuel economy of the 1.5 diesel is the most sensible choice,

Our verdict on the Nissan Note 1.4 SE

Not as radical as it likes to think it is, Note is nevertheless a good car. Anyone finding the just too small will be how much extra room the creates, and it could even a role as a cheap alternative for who would have a Volkswagen Plus if they had the money.

Designed to appeal to families on a budget, the Note isn’t as cheap as it should be – as S models are so unattractive. Realistically you to go to the middle of the range to find the attractive vehicles, at prices could also net you a traditional hatch or small estate. running costs, insurance and should all be cheap given many parts are shared various other Nissan and models.

Space and practicality

Plenty of stowage places are provided the cabin. On SE and SVE models the backs of the seats house folding and aircraft-style expanding pockets for magazines and the other ephemera by young children. The nine-litre is capable of swallowing up to 12 cans of and has a useful slot incorporated its lid that’s ideal for maps.

a feature from Micra, also a ‘secret’ compartment the front passenger seat

Controls and display



Car safety

Passive safety starts with four Standard on all models, there are two at the for the driver and passenger plus side airbags mounted in the seats, offering extra for the front seat occupants in a impact. But for a car touted as a family the lack of rear seat in S models is surprising. SE and SVE models get airbags for front and rear, active front headrests on the seats to guard against injury.

Only SVE models with transmission get the added security of an Stability Programme (ESP).


Nissan insists the ‘will deliver dynamically for and dads who enjoy their Certainly it handles more a conventional hatchback than a carrier, but it’s still far involving. Steering is rather and the Note is far happier at cruising on a motorway than it is on B-roads.

By the of its sometimes stodgy direct it’s not a bad drive, and the small-engined 1.4 is the of the range.

Family car appeal

First car appeal

Quality and

The Note is built in the UK, so it’s a to be able to report that quality is generally good well fitted trim and a feel to the cabin. That the uniform black interior of cars does hide any very effectively. It remains to be what sort of image the creates for itself, though expects most buyers to be to balance the Micra’s largely following.


Rear passengers fare exceptionally The rear seats slide and forwards, like in Renault’s but even when they are forward, legroom is fine. The aperture is narrower than you expect and not particularly low, so bags need to be lifted over the lip then placed down in the boot well, if the boot floor is not in place.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

Every model has a radio/CD either a single disc with four speakers (S) or six (SE) or the double DIN in dash six CD with six speakers (SVE and on SE as part of a Comfort Pack). SE and SVE models have steering mounted controls.

Glovebox swallow 12 drinks cans

and trim

10 body colours are including some truly ones such as a lime that should be avoided at all S models are seriously under-equipped, customers to choose SE or above for such as cooling vents for the box, extra airbags, wheels, the split level floor, storage tray the front passenger seat, seatback mounted pockets and tray tables for the kids.

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