All Notes come with six airbags and stability control as standard. It’s nothing exceptional and about on a par with all new cars. When tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 the model scored four out of five stars overall, with a not especially impressive 86% rating for adult occupants and 82% for child occupants.
Things improve on higher-trim cars, which can be specified with Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Safety Shield (it’s also an affordable option on the mid-range Acenta model, too, but not available at all on versions lower down the range). Not many of the Note’s rivals have a similar system. It uses cameras around the car to give a virtual 360-degree view of the surroundings, helping to make parking and low-speed manoeuvres easier and safer. It also includes lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
Security kit includes an engine immobiliser, but an alarm is an optional extra across the entire range. Security firm Thatcham awarded the Note good marks for its resistance to being driven away, but only average marks for its resistance to being broken into.
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