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Nissan Note (06 – 13) review

(2006 - 2013)
Nissan Note (06 – 13)
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What's the used Nissan Note hatchback like?

The Nissan Note is only slightly longer than conventional small hatchbacks such as the Fiat Punto and Peugeot 207, yet it feels much roomier inside and has plenty of space for four adults.

Its boxy shape, high roofline and upright seating all play their part. And there are plenty of useful storage cubbies dotted around the car to add to the practicality. However, while many drivers will appreciate the slightly elevated driving position, it won’t suit everyone because the steering wheel doesn’t adjust for reach.

The dashboard is a little uninspiring, too, with dark plastics dominating. But it feels well made and the controls are all well laid out and easy to use.

In the back, the seats can be slid back and forth to maximise either rear leg room or boot space. And higher-spec versions come with a false boot floor, which lets you divide up the space and leaves a long, flat load area when the rear seats are folded down.

Despite its tall body, the Note remains stable when cornering, while accurate steering also ensures it handles well on twisty roads. Unfortunately, you pay for its composure with a slightly firm low-speed ride; potholes and speed bumps can thump through the car.

Wind and road noise are well contained at motorway speeds. However, the petrol engines get rather boomy.

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