Nissan Note review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Nissan Note:

The new Nissan Note delivers practicality, space and fuel despite being smaller its predecessor, but this new supermini quite match the Ford in terms of entertainment.

Nissan : first impressions

Nissan has its previous generation Note MPV into a B-segment supermini right at the heart of the class, to the Japanese firm. It’s taking on the Ford Fiesta and Polo. Which means have to be good.

It does at feel urgent and willing at from town to motorway

First impressions suggest it well give these two something to think about: remarkably efficient, practical, priced at £11,900 (given the kit included) and looks interesting with the additional styling boasting larger wheels and front and rear bumpers.

The problem is, stemming from the generation Note the car has to overcome connotations. Although the new second version does bring it more contemporary design, can it off the compact people carrier and establish itself as a genuine to the best superminis in the class?

Note: performance

Two engines available to try at the launch of the new car – a 90hp turbodiesel (developed as part of the alliance and also found in the Clio) and a 98hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol. Put simply, the is the one to have.

The 0-62mph sprint is in 11.9 seconds – that’s performance, and with a 147lb ft of power developed as low as 1,750rpm, it at least feel urgent and at anything from town to speeds, even if it is vocal worked.

It was happy to cruise at on an Austrian motorway and despite rather blustery conditions our test drive, the car felt and planted – a reassuring trait in a vehicle.

The way the car rode the bumpy streets of on the launch was impressive

The petrol is quicker to 62mph at 11.7 but in the real world the 39lb ft deficit shows, meaning you to rev the engine harder, negating the economy benefits of the downsized The supercharger does its best to the mid-range, but it then feels at higher revs.

Both are mated to a five-speed gearbox, is positive enough with ratios. A CVT automatic transmission also be available on the 1.2 supercharged when it hits the UK next

From launch in the UK there’ll be a naturally aspirated 80hp petrol triple alongside the You’ll have to wait next year for the supercharged


Nissan Note: and handling

Performance might not be the Note’s suit, then, but the way the car rode the streets of Bratislava on the launch was The Note’s suspension smoothed out and potholes, even on the larger wheels and unique suspension of the supercharged variant.

It’s in the back, too, with legroom than a BMW 7 Series, to Nissan

It’s comfortable and with the chassis biased the relaxing end of the scale. This the Note isn’t the most or composed to drive quickly and be outshone by a Fiesta on a B-road.

enough grip and the steering is weighted and fairly direct, but the car roll when pushed We suspect most Notes be driven in this manner, and for the standard runs to school and the the setup is nicely judged.

Note: interior

Fundamentally, the Note’s interior is sound, with a large display clothed in gloss plastic. The heater controls are big and the positive to push. It feels and hardwearing.

There’s plenty of on offer, including a 5.8-inch infotainment system combining the optional satellite navigation, view 360-degree camera and Nissan’s latest connected option.

Even the entry-level trim gets electric remote central locking, control with speed and stop-start. Although priced above the Fiesta, Nissan you get more than £400 of extra kit compared to the Ford.

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The returns an impressive 78.5mpg with only 95g/km CO2

You get more practicality. The Note’s stands at 325 litres (including the floor storage) with the up, rising to 411 litres with folded. There’s also an family pack, which a sliding rear seat

It’s huge in the back, with a best-in-class 640mm of in the rear – more than a BMW 7 even, according to Nissan.

The thing that lets the cabin down is the lack of touch plastics. From the to the door cards, everything is and not all that nice in terms of


Nissan Note: and safety

Efficiency is strong on the petrol and diesel models. stop-start fitted as standard the range, the 1.2 supercharged petrol return 65.7mpg combined 99g/km CO2 emissions – the diesel that with 78.5mpg and only 95g/km CO2.

As a everyday car to do many different the Note a worthy companion

is excellent, too. The second Note debuts Nissan’s Shield technology, comprising of a departure warning function, spot assist and the firm’s around view camera with moving object – features that together not previously been seen in the sector.

The latter even features a and blow dry’ function for the camera to keep it clean. We joking…

There’s no Euro crash safety rating as yet for the new but expect this little car to a full five-star rating the features it’s packing.

Note: the MSN Cars verdict

Nissan waxing lyrical how the new Note is now a true supermini, the heart of the sector, we can’t feeling it’s still in the compact MPV class.

It is smaller and look a whole lot better before, but it’s not as fun or engaging to as the Fiesta or VW Polo. Where it excel is on efficiency, practicality and As a small, everyday car to do many jobs, the Note a worthy

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