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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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50 reader reviews for Nissan Note Hatchback.
  • 1.5 dCi SVE 5dr

    MARTIN RICKABY , TYNE&WEAR . Date: 26/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned this car for three weeks, I have now got rid of it and bought a VW Touran.

    This car suffers from very bad delayed acceleration. When you put your foot down on the pedal, nothing happened, then it did. Also, when you pull out at a junction, you accelerate to 2000rpm, then take your foot of to change gear - it takes a little time for the engine revolutions to drop. By that time, you've changed to the next gear.

    Also, they've changed the servicing intervals from 18,000 miles to 12,000 - if you look at how much it costs to service in three years, it costs about £960. I think it's a little bit poorer on fuel economy, too, as I have only managed 50mpg at 70mph - the touran I have just bought does 47mpg.

    I really think Nissan should have thought of putting a six-speed gearbox for extra economy - and those daft drum brakes on the back wheels look naff when your car has 16-inch alloy wheels on. Would I buy another Nissan? I think not.

  • 1.6 SVE 5dr

    Paul Mohr , West Dunbartonshire . Date: 16/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After nearly 2 months the car gets more enjoyable to drive all the time, since it has "loosened up" now. I like the bold styling (for Nissan)and the cabin is a very nice place to be in. Petrol consumption is excellent for a fairly nippy 1.6. The interior space, especially in the back, really has to be experienced to be believed.

    I think the SVE is very good value for money, it is £1000 more than the SE, but you get rather a lot of extra kit for that, not least of all ESP. I particularly like the automatic, rain-sensing wipers, a real boon in the constantly changing weather conditions in the west of Scotland.

    Just 2 minor niggles: (1)Although the brakes work very well, the drum brakes at the rear look a bit silly with 16 inch alloys, a bit shoddy for the top trim level. (2) Why is there only a manual digital clock and not an RDS one, especially since the radio is RDS?

    I think Nissan have come up with an excellent, fairly original car, but I think their narrow marketing at families with young children is a mistake. Especially the generous rear legroom gives the car a much wider appeal.

  • 1.6 SVE 5dr

    Adrian Welsh , MIDDLESEX . Date: 10/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After two months of driving the Note, I have to say its one of the best cars that I have purchased.

    It's well put together, has outstanding equipment levels, handles well and is safe. It also gives good fuel economy.

    I would have liked the rear seats to fold flatter and that Nissan hadn't used so many different plastic finishes on the dashboard! However, these are all minor points which still don't detract from an excellent car.

  • 1.4 SE 5dr

    Sue Sanders , Devon . Date: 06/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my Note for 2 weeks now & I have to say I am very pleased with it.

    I find the driving position comfortable & all the controls are easily to hand everything feels satisfyingly substantial & built to last.

    On the road the engine is eager & responds well, it seems to returning Mpg in line with the quoted figures. The ride can be a little firm at times but I find this preferable & would much rather this than sacrifice handling especially as much of my driving is done on twisty country lanes. The interior remains quiet & comfortable even at speed on motorways. There is plenty of room for passengers even my 6foot plus sons in law are comfortable in the back even with the passenger seat well back. The boot space is easy to use & adapts quickly & easily when necessary, all the loads I have need to carry so far have been accomodated readily. While it is not the most exciting vehicle in the world most of us want something that copes with real life easily, economically & reliably, I feel this car will do this well.

    I also found the dealer to be very helpful & friendly with everything dealt with most efficiently. I secured a 7% discount on my car. That was offered to me on 1st March & was held even though I did not order the car until late March for delivery in late April.

    Overall the whole buying experience was pleasant & painless , the ownership experience is proving to be the same & I am looking forward to many happy miles in my Note.

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