I hired a Note on holiday. We had it for four days and I was glad to give it back. Diabolical. It handled the twisty Cypriot roads like a jelly, giving no confidence going into tight downhill bends at anything other than granny slow.
The brakes were OK but gave little feel.
The engine was a disappointment. It was OK on the flat but show it a hill and you were up and down the gears to get the thing moving. A day in the mountains used almost half a tank of fuel over approximately 200km.
The cabin was spacious and everything reasonably laid out, but it was dull and uninspiring. The seats were comfortable but failed to hold you tight when cornering quickly.
In short, it's OK for the school run but don't expect to drive it hard or have fun with it.
In to the second week of our Note Tekna 1.6 auto ownership, and I can honestly say it is one of the best cars we have ever had. It is not just a roomy, practical and pleasant car to drive or be driven in, it has one of the highest spec levels you could expect for what is a blown-up micra, more of a "super-micra".
Where would I start? Access is very easy for both front and rear occupants, with plenty of head and leg room. Storage solutions are everywhere, with more than enough cup holders and little nooks and crannies. As for kit, well, 4 electric windows, Climate air-con, 6 cd auto changer, auto lights and wipers, electric heated & folding door mirrors, remote audio controls, trip computer, cooled glove box, 3 x 12 v sockets, part-leather seats, good all round visability, easy to park, dark tinted rear privay glass, MP3 compatible, bluetooth, ESP...phew!!
Fuel economy is 36-41 mpg, and the auto box is a delight. My only niggle is the lack of and rds clock and no integrated radio/cd-trip computer/external temp guide, as the tiny trip computer requires you to flick constantly between figures. Also, the fuel gauge is too small and not very accurate showing red with warning light on with 2 and a half gallons left!!! otherwise, faultless.
I bought this car for my wife four weeks ago. We got a very good deal for an 06 model with 6k on the clock. The car is fully loaded for a mini MPV and looks very smart in black. It does not look too toaster like for a MPV. We now argue, as I would like to drive this little stunner to work as my westfield is so raw.
The dealership is very helpful plus you have the knowledge that most of the car comes from a Micra, which is very reliable if a little boring.
I would reccomend this car head and shoulders above a Vauxhall Zafira. However, the battle between the Note and a Honda Jazz is close - my money is on the Note!
The King is dead, long live the King!!
I have aleady written my review, but wish to answer Lynn Western's review.
I have now got the same problem and am unable to fold the rear seat (the large part of it).
I have to return it to Nissan Boston next Monday for an examination. Can you let me know if you have any results?
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