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For The Note offers genuine space and practicality for a small family. It also rides well, is cheap to buy and affordable to run, too.

Against There's too much vibration at the wheel and pedals in the diesel models, the clutch pedal itself is quite stiff and the wheel has no reach adjustment.

Nissan Note Hatchback
44 5stars

The Note is not the biggest mini-MPV, but there's easily enough room for four adults. Happily, it's also pleasant to drive and cheap to buy.

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3.5

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There are 10 Nissan Note versions available

Hatchback 1.2 Visia 5dr £12,100 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 Acenta 5dr £13,495 TBA
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Visia 5dr £14,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Acenta Premium 5dr £14,395 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 DIG-S Acenta 5dr £14,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 DIG-S Acenta Premium 5dr £15,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr £15,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 DIG-S Tekna 5dr £16,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Acenta Premium 5dr £16,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.5 dCi Tekna 5dr £17,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Nissan Note might look small from the outside, but in the cabin it keeps up with the best mini-MPVs when it comes to space. Head- and legroom are brilliant front and back.

All that space won't set you back much, either, because the Note is cheap to buy compared with rivals. The petrol models are cheapest, starting with the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre followed by the supercharged 1.2. The supercharged petrol has to be worked quite hard, although it remains quiet and smooth.

The 1.5-litre diesel is a strong engine, but it's noisy and you feel too much vibration through the wheel and pedals.

Every Note gets six airbags, Bluetooth, cruise control, front electric windows and a radio/CD player with USB input. We'd go for Acenta trim, which adds air-con, rear electric windows, a multi-position boot shelf and 15-inch alloy wheels. Acenta Premium gives you automatic lights and wipers, climate control and a touch-screen sat-nav system.

Reader test team says:

Nissan Note Hatchback 1.2 Visia 5dr

This car is surprisingly spacious. The rear seat is adjustable to change the balance between boot space and rear seat legroom but don't think this is…

Jim Campbell

4 out of 5 stars

Nissan Note Hatchback 1.2 Acenta Premium 5dr

I P/E my previous Nissan Note 1.4 N-Tec+ for a new 2013 Note last November. My previous 1.4 note was a 1.4, 4-cylinder, engine with reasonable…

Chris Jones

3 out of 5 stars
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