Nissan Note review (2009 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Nissan Note

Nissan Note

review (2009 onwards)

First impressions

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Forgive us if we weren’t exactly in raptures at the thought of heading off to drive the mid-life revised version of a mini-MPV. See, the thing is you forget. You forget just how good the Nissan Note actually is. The Micra’s the same. They’re both really good cars.Visual changes to the Note for 2009 are subtle, but not entirely invisible.

It’s had quite a comprehensive nose job – new bumper, bonnet, headlights, gloss black grill finish – while the surround to the rear lights has been tinted black, where it was previously bright red and reflective. There are new alloys, too.

Nissan Note

On the inside, the interior trim associated with each of the three specification levels has been revised to create a more individual feel. The combi-metre dashboard gets a redesign, and the boot adapts to better accommodate different kinds of loads. But of particular, uh, note, is the new Nissan Connect sat nav-infotainment system.This comes as standard on top grade Tekna Notes, and costs just £400 as an option on the mid-range Acenta – exceptional value we’ll cover in more detail below.

The Note’s spacious, flexible interior and its remarkably enjoyable on-road handling characteristics remain as highlights of this highly complete family transportation package.

Three engines are available in the 2009 Nissan Note: 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrols, plus a 1.5 dCi turbodiesel. Tweaks to the gearing, amongst other modifications, mean the 88hp 1.4-litre petrol and the 86hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel now use less fuel and emit reduced levels of carbon dioxide and achieve Nissan Pure Drive status.The 110hp 1.6 remains as before. We sampled this and the diesel.

The latter’s a little noisy, but it’s keen to please and smooth enough. And while the 1.6 makes a superior spirited driving companion, the turbodiesel’s extra torque – 148lb ft versus 113 – and fuel economy make it the better choice for a family car.

It may look like a box on wheels, but probably the most surprising thing about the Note is just how good it is to drive. The manual gearboxes are slick, and it rides really well. It gets even more impressive if you stick it down a country road with your right foot glued to the carpet.The steering isn’t the most direct, but grip levels are easy to judge. Body control is admirable and despite its boosted height the Note turns out to be far more chuckable than many more ordinary superminis.

You might find yourself taking the long route home from the school run.

The PureDrive labelling for the 1.4 petrol and 1.5 diesel Notes just means they emit less than 140g/km CO2, rather than being any kind of rival for Volkswagen’s BlueMotion series. However, the diesel is now down to 119g/km while officially returning 62.8mpg combined (the 1.4 emits 139g/km, returns 47.9mpg).The 1.6 petrol is still acceptably efficient at 42.8mpg and 155g/km.

As for safety, the Note includes six airbags on all but the entry-level Visia trim, which gets four, and the pre-facelift version achieved a four-star Euro NCAP rating in 2006. ESP is standard on top-spec Tekna. All Notes include isofix and childlocks.

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