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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.
  • 1.6 Tekna 5dr

    Ken Sharp Date: 29/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    I bought my Nissan Note to replaced my Saab 9-3 . Not an obvious alternative but I wanted to downsize. A Note was my first consideration but the secondhand price of an 8 month old Tekna was hard to resist. I carry fair bit of work kit and this was a problem with the Corolla I owned before the Saab. With the Note I can stow most of my kit under the boot floor and in other cubbies inside the cabin. Passenger space is good, you sit a bit higher than a normal car but not overly so. 4 people fit comforably and the only place I feel the pinch is in shoulder room which is about 4" less than previously. The 1.6 petrol engine is good and the steering reasonably sharp on the open road (both better than a Mazda 3 1.6 I test drove). Unsurprisingly the high speed ride and refinement is less than I am used to as is the internal drumming when I drive over Edinburgh's cobbled streets. On normal roads up to 60mph refinement and performance are good. Internally the Note is well screwed together and has stacks of kit: 6CD changer, MP3 connection, climate control, half leather, auto lights and wipers etc. Some of the plastics feel cheap (the seat adjustment levers, gear-lever gater and parts of the lower dashboard) which is in contrast to the soft feel leather on the seats. Overall fuel consumption is better than I expected with busy town driving eaking out a respectable 36 MPG. I cannot comment on reliability or servicing yet. Overall I am pretty pleased with the Note so far.

  • 1.4 SE 5dr

    Edward Roberts , WEST SUSSEX . Date: 09/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.1

    My car

    I bought this car 2 weeks ago and so far I'm very pleased with it. 48 mpg is the best I have achieved with the Note even on a long motorway trip going no faster than 70mph, so much for the claimed 55mpg for faster driving. The engine noise becomes quite noticeable at 70mph so even on the Continent one is not tempted to go much faster because it all gets a bit buzzy. It feels like it needs another higher gear. My main gripe with the car is the comparatively small dials which are hard to read. The speedo is partially obscured by the steering wheel rim when the steering wheel is set low and the seat is set high. The kph numbers on the dial are tiny and are completely obscured by the needle, a serious flaw and a very poor design. A satnav should help with this problem I hope. There is no engine temperature gauge so it's difficult to know when to boost the fan without being blasted with cold air. The seats seem very flat and hard and are not particularly comfortable on longer trips. The best things are the various storage compartments in the cabin and the false floor in the boot, the huge amount of leg and headroom and the solid feel of the car apart from some of the hard plastics used inside. I also like the way the car is made to look a bit quirky with the funky front and rear light arrangements. I would buy another one as it's a fun car for running about in and has loads of space for four adult passengers.

  • 1.6 SE 5dr

    robert wolstenholme , cheshire . Date: 08/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    bought second hand with 11k on the clock. Engine is prone to surge at low speed ie in traffic and when decellerating. Numerous attempts by Nissan dealership fail to remedy the cause. Brakes are noisy when operated, cleaned by dealership with no difference to performance. Now the engine howls which is diagnosed as the auxillary belt and guess what! its not covered by the 3 year warranty. The dealership inform me that they have had several go, so be warned, expect a bill at about 12,500 miles. Ridiculous!!!!

  • 1.5 dCi SVE 5dr

    David Walton , Northants . Date: 22/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57

    My car

    Had this since 3 months old as an ex demonstrator. Now done about 48,000 miles and had no reliability issues apart from glitch with the 6 disc CD player that fixed itself a few days later and hasn't reoccurred. Love the storage features, got plenty of space for 4 adults. Possibly have issues with back (lumbar?) support though. The one major annoyance is tyres. Mine are a unique size that ONLY Continental make and they seem to wear out quickly even though I am not hard on them.

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