What's the used Nissan Note hatchback like?
The recipe for this Nissan Note was quite simple. You see Nissan took the contemporary 2010-2016 Nissan Micra, stretched it in both height and length to increase interior space and turned it into a Note, a more practical small car for families. It followed on from the 2006-2013 first-generation Nissan Note, which had a similar stance but belonged firmly in the slightly unglamorous mini-MPV camp.
This second-generation Note now competes with the likes of the equivalent-generation Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and Skoda Fabia in the used marketplace. It now makes for an intriguing used buy, being practical, spacious and good value for money.
The mid-range Acenta Premium trims come with a sliding rear bench, climate control, auto headlights and wipers, and front fog lights, while the range-topping Tekna models get 16in alloys, a part leather interior, keyless entry and start, and a 360-degree camera.
The 79bhp 1.2-litre triple is unlikely to set your heart on fire. So although a headline figure of 12.6sec for the 0-60mph sprint doesn’t look sprightly, bear in mind economy is the name of the game here.
The supercharged engine feels a bit overwhelmed by the Note's bulk, although the deep three-cylinder sound is appealing. You'll probably enjoy the impressively torquey diesel more; although it is a grumbly unit under acceleration.
However, the Note is not that much fun to drive. There’s too much body roll when going down a country road and it’s also susceptible to side winds because it's a tall car. The steering is light for easy parking but it’s precise enough on faster roads.
The ride is a bit on the firm side and drain covers can cause the car to shimmy. It does settle a bit on faster roads, though.
Inside, the Note is highly practical for a vehicle with a relatively small footprint. There’s a big boot that comes with an adjustable boot floor in all but the entry-level Visia model. It removes the annoying load lip and enables longer items to slide into the load area.
There’s plenty of room in the front and head room is exceptional, while those in the rear are also treated to heaps of space. Top-spec Notes can be had with a sliding rear bench that gives you the flexibility of having more leg space or increase boot space. Parents of young children will also appreciate the wide doors, so putting a child in the car seat is that bit easier.