I had one of these as a hire car recently and put about 800 miles on it, mainly motorways and A roads, though also some town driving.I have to say that it is not a car I would choose, the styling, whilst individual is a little too individual for me! I was impressed by the cabin, it was well built and the model I had was well equipped with all the things that I like - good stereo and cruise control. The heating and ventilation worked well although it did get a bit foggy inside at times. Visibility was excellent, the mirrors and lights were very efficient and I liked the simple but very effective reversing camera. Also the sat-nav was easy to use. Nissan has done well not to over complicate these items.The gearchange, clutch and brakes were all very good and the seating comfortable, with plenty of room for me.The handling and grip was safe, but not involving as in a Focus. The biggest disappointment was the engine and the ride. The engine was initially tight but loosened up over the period. It still needed thrashing to get any performance at all and top gear pull, even from 50+ mph was very poor. As a consequence, fuel economy was no better than early 30s, simply not good enough.My car came with 18" wheels and low profile tyres. Every bump and ripple was transmitted to the cabin, resulting in a very fidgety ride, although it dealt with big bumps very well. The interior was good, but the trim around the centre console was already showing wear.The boot is way too small.
Richard Norman, , November 6th 2013