The Nissan Note sits in a fairly quiet segment, although its combination of low running costs, versatility and practicality are quite compelling.
With only the Honda Jazz competing directly with the Note, and the usual supermini competition left trailing far behind the Note's and Jazz’s available space, direct comparisons with the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo are difficult. For this reason, the Note sits at the top of its small segment. Although the familiar superminis may be better all-rounders, the Note is a far more spacious car than most others in its price bracket.
Take a look at the seven reasons why we think the Nissan Note deserves a place on your driveway.
7 reasons to buy a Nissan Note
7. Nimble around town
The Note is a fairly tall car so it isn’t a B-road racer by any stretch of the imagination. What it does offer, though, is light, precise and consistently weighted steering, which makes it a joy to drive around town and to tuck into tight parking spaces.
Your view out of the Note is pretty good, thanks to its deep windows and MPV-like driving position. It has big door mirrors, too, which are electrically adjustable, and heated on higher-spec models. The higher up the range you go, the better the visibility is. A bird’s-eye view system, reversing camera and blind spot warning system come with higher-spec models and make parking a doddle.
USB and Bluetooth connectivity are standard on the Note and mid-spec Acenta cars get stereo controls mounted on the steering wheel. Go for higher-spec cars and you get sat-nav, DAB and internet radio, and a 5.8in colour touchscreen. Combined with the visibility aids, it’s well worth considering a higher-spec Note.
Despite its size advantage, the Note costs about the same as the usual crowd of best-selling superminis and even the higher-spec cars are good value for money. Fuel economy is impressive and insurance and tax are both very low.
3. Rear space
Size is the Note’s main advantage. It’s roomier in the back than much larger cars, as well as one of its rivals, the Citroen C3 Picasso. The only downside is that the rear middle seat isn’t quite as comfortable or practical as it could be and the car is too narrow to fit three child seats across the back. Access is very good, though, and on higher-spec cars, the rear has a more flexible layout, too.
2. Front space
There’s lots of room in the front of the Note and drivers who are larger in height or breadth will have no trouble getting comfortable. The raised driving position and wide door opening make it easier to get in and out, too. Storage space isn’t at the same level as an MPV's, but it’s easy to forget that it’s more supermini in stature and the storage reflects this.
1. Boot space
Provided you avoid the entry-level car, there’s a huge amount of potential in the Note’s boot space. There’s a versatile boot floor, which can be put in numerous positions to accommodate different loads, a lovely wide boot opening and a sliding rear bench that allows you to make the most of the space on offer without folding the seats. Even without all the folding trickery, the Note’s boot is bigger than that of the Ford Focus, at 325 litres.
What about buying used?
For around £10,000, you can get a two-year-old Note Tekna in petrol or diesel with around 10,000 miles on the clock. Lower your budget by a few thousand and you’ll have your pick of the previous-generation Note, but watch for examples that are only compatible with pricier Continental 185/55 tyres.
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