I have owned my Note since last September, and have been extremely happy with the car. It is comfortable, reasonably quiet at speed and the 1.6 petrol engine is capable of keeping up with traffic.
It is averaging nearly 42mpg, which I think is very good. I think that the car looks great in black, although, like a previous reviewer, I too think the drums at the rear look a bit weedy even though the brakes themselves are perfectly efficient.
I would have liked a couple of the accessories (rear spoiler, headlamp finishers) but was completely put off by the high prices - even the dealer was embarrased by the cost, and it takes a bit to get a motor dealer to blush!
Overall I am really pleased with the car, it has done everything I could have asked and everyone who has seen it has been very complimentary.
We moved to France and needed a left-hand drive car at once. Our Note is a 1.5dCi 'Acenta', somewhere between UK 'SE' and 'SVE' specification, but it lacks little, having climate control, auto headlamps as well as rain sensors and I'm glad to have a manually dipping mirror again. The car's spacious interior is its ace, though a couple of extra inches of width would be better.
Yes, the diesel is noisy on start-up, but on the move you hardly notice it - the car will waft along all day at the legal 130kph and I don't need to raise my voice. This is the 86ch engine - it's perky and rapid enough: the big plus is I get 5.1 litres/100km. The ride is terrific for a small car, even fully loaded - its handling is sharp and road manners are those of a pricier car.
10,000km on, there are no faults, and our French Nissan dealer gets high praise. Niggles? The upright sitting position puts the throttle foot at a more acute angle than I'd like, and Nissan should offer a reach-adjustable wheel or, better, cruise control. Otherwise, the Note is comfortable, the driving seat even has a very useable armrest. There is no storage in the rear doors and those in the front are only good for gloves and spectacles.
The split-level boot idea is more marketing hype than true innovation but it doesn't detract from the generosity and adaptability of the boot space.
The real test of any car is whether you can't wait to jump in it and get going. The Note gets me every time.
I bought this car about one month ago. After driving a quite large size of car for two years (Laguna) I was looking for a more practical and compact car which would be handled more easily in the crampled streets of Istanbul. I decided for Note because of its practicality and equipment list. It has a easy and good drive, the steering is direct, no rattles and minimal engine noise. having driven a fairly low car before I was a little shy when getting into cornering. To my surprise Note has not much body roll and feels quite safe in corners. The commanding driving position is welcome in the city and the legroom behind is enormous, almost larger than many "large" cars.
One useful feature I liked: Note is easy to find in a large parking lot bacuse its high enough and the back lights turning to its roof are easili recognisable.
Overall quite pleased with my car cheap running costs fuel and insurance costs but service prices expensive at nissan also basic parts very expensive unfortately a vandal broke of my rear wiper arm and the basic plastic replacement part cost a incredible 55 pounds . Found my diesel 1.5 very noisy on start up and you need to get up a bit of speed up before it subsides to a acceptable level. Purchase price high but as i got a good trade in price i was not really effected by this but think i would view it as overpriced if i was paying full retail price . Other then the above its OK and should be reliable
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