Nissan’s Note has always been a little bit different from others in the class. The new model has the dimensions and tight turning circle of a supermini but feels more like an MPV when you take your seat. Sporty styling helps it to make a lasting impression.
The angular front section includes a wing-like black mesh grille that the standard halogen headlamps wrap around.
The 15-inch steel wheels on the opening Visia trim are replaced by alloy rims of the same size on the Acenta. The roofline stops at a short rear overhang which contributes to the car’s condensed dimensions - the Acenta Premium model adds a neat spoiler to add an extra touch of athleticism. This grade and all higher trims add front fog lights for maximum visibility, an aerodynamic front bumper, and carbon-look rear bumper.
The Note’s taller shape gives it more headroom inside, and the legroom also impresses. A tilt-adjustable steering wheel is just one example of the car’s flexibility. You can split the three-seat rear bench in half or slide it forward to expand the 325-litre boot to as much as 1,495 litres. The stylish leather-covered steering wheel is a match for the gloss black centre console, which arranges the vehicle’s various controls in a distinctive circular pattern. The Note N-Tec, Tekna and Tekna Style stand out with blue stitching on the steering wheel.
Select from one of four engines for the performance you prefer. The 1.5-litre dCi is the sole diesel option and it generates 89bhp alongside 200Nm of torque. Combined fuel economy as high as 78.5mpg combined will see running costs remain low, and CO2 emissions of 93g/km qualify the car for road tax savings. Nissan’s 1.2-litre DIG-S petrol also releases less than 100g/km of CO2. Available with manual or Continuously Variable Transmission, this 1.2-litre supercharged petrol powers the vehicle with 97bhp and 147Nm of torque. Another 1.2-litre petrol with 79bhp completes the selection.
Your safety and security inside the Note owes much to its intelligent technology. An Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is standard, recognising when a skid starts to happen and instantly takes corrective action. Joining it are ABS and EBD, two braking technologies that work to retain your control during evasive manoeuvers.
The chances of an accident occurring are minimised by these clever features, but there is plenty to protect you if one should happen. Front, side and curtain airbags shield you from multiple angles. For even more, choose the N-Tec and grades above it as they include Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection.
Nissan hasn’t limited its innovations to the hatchback’s safety suite. An eco-drive indicator measures how efficiently you are driving so you can make improvements and boost the car’s fuel economy. Before you set off you can link your smartphone to the Bluetooth® interface for hands-free telephone control. The same device can also be plugged in to the car’s audio system via a USB or auxiliary port to play music stored on it. The Note Acenta and all following grades gain steering wheel-mounted audio controls, while NissanConnect with a 5.8-inch touchscreen is included from Acenta Premium.
If you are planning on upgrading to a supermini, consider the new Nissan Note, on sale today at South West Nissan. We will book you in for a test drive when it suits you, so you can experience the drive for yourself. Find out more at SW Nissan in Somerset and Devon now.