Nissan Cube Review | Autocar

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Nissan Cube

What is it?

the new Nissan Cube, just and already turning heads in

The Nissan Cube is one of those cars that cheerfully outside the mainstream. Compact, impressively roomy and boxy, the has been a Japan-only affair to Now, after two generations, the is going global and is heading for the UK.

The Nissan Cube, born in quickly became an icon, in huge numbers in Japan, quite a few finding their way to the UK via import.

What’s it like?

The Nissan has been conceived as a mobile room, a home away home. Speed and handling really came into the and Nissan is pitching the Cube as an lifestyle’ car for couples in their thirties or active twenty-somethings.

However, anyone comparing old with new will immediately the vastly improved steering, the brakes, keener cornering and stability. The Cube needs all of if it is going to cut it in Europe, even if it aimed at performance enthusiasts.

will do a 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine range for Europe, with the choice of or CVT transmissions.

The Cube you see here is the Japanese-market 1.5X petrol. It has a CVT with a fiddly column (Euro-spec cars will get a mounted shifter), yet still an insight into how Nissan has its cult box wonder.

First, the design is now softer and aerodynamic, while keeping the asymmetric rear end and its side-hinged

The Cube’s interior is still else, though. It’s big and with a high ceiling and view through the front and windows. The cabin also soft, sofa-like seats don’t offer much in the way of but are still super-comfortable.

Some aspects of the cabin, as the ‘water-ripple’ roof lining and back seat also the Cube a bit. special.

Nissan Cube

The Cube‘s back slides and split-folds, but doesn’t flat, compromising how much you can in. The quality feels spot on, and oddment space and cup holders

This Japanese-spec Cube’s engine produces an unchanged and 109lb ft. It feels quick and off the line, much quicker the old Cube, despite using the engine.

With a stiffer body, rigid suspension and wider the new Cube is also unusually and responsive for a Japanese car in this

The steering, previously light and is now far more communicative, although still not overburdened with at low speeds. In short, the Cube’s closer now to what Europe in terms of dynamics.

Should I buy

It won’t appeal to everyone the Nissan Cube will be a product in Europe, an interesting to the likes of the Skoda Roomster and Berlingo. It is also a car, you can be that will turn

If you want something different the small MPV or supermini norm, you do far worse than the Nissan .

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