For The Note offers genuine space and practicality for a small family. It also rides well and is cheap to buy and run.
Against Refinement is below par and there's not enough adjustment to the driving position.
What Car? says
The Nissan 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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There are 10 Nissan Note versions available
Target Price team says:
The Nissan Note might look small from the outside, but there's lots of space on the inside.
All that room won't set you back much, either, because the Note is cheap to buy compared with its rivals. The petrol models are cheapest, starting with the naturally aspirated 1.2-litre, followed by the supercharged 1.2. Even 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 steering 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, so is worth going for if you want lots of toys.
Reader test team says:
I bought one of the first of these E12 Notes 18 months ago. I and my family love it. We have the 1.5l diesel engine, Acenta Premium. The economy is…
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Not as practical as the older Note with less boot space and not as many storage places. Difficult to keep in a straight line on uneven roads and in…
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…