Nissan Note

3/5
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Verdict

The Nissan Note was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2004. This car is visible in Ireland but it wouldn’t be even nearly as popular as the Micra, Qashqai or Juke. The Note was initially introduced in Europe as an MPV but at some stage in 2013 the vehicle entered its second generation and it lost its MPV appearance. This vehicle now sits in the same category as the Nissan Micra. Obviously the Note is a much bigger vehicle but it is in direct competition with the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda2, the Volkswagen Polo and the Skoda Fabia.

Performance

There are two engines available to the Irish market. The 1.2 litre petrol engine is tweaked to offer three power outputs. One offers 80 bhp and a maximum torque of 110Nm at 4,000rpm. This reaches 0-100 km/h in 14 seconds and has a top speed of 168 km/h. The next option offers 98 bhp and maximum torque of 147 Nm at 4,400rpm, the third tweak is mated with a CVT transmission and it offers 88 bhp. The diesel offering gives 90 bhp and it comes with a five speed manual gearbox. This 1.5 litre engine will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 12 seconds and on-paper it is the most economical of the lot.

Ride & Handling

The handling of the Note is far better than the smaller Micra. The steering is well-weighted and is precise. The suspension could be improved with the ride being a bit too firm over road imperfections. The Nissan Note performs nicely in cities and is very easy to park. Where the Note falls down against the competition of the Fiesta, the Mazda2 and the Fabia is its lack of fun.

Refinement

Nissan has done well with the sound insulation in and around this vehicle. Road and wind noise are kept minimal on the motorway. The diesel offering can be a little bit loud but it’s by no means the worst that you will hear. Naturally, the petrol engine is the quieter option.

Quality & Reliability

Like in the Micra, the plastics within the vehicle are not presented as nicely as the rest of the Nissan range. The interior of the Mazda2, the Fabia and the Fiesta would be presented in a better way. However, the Note does offer some nice technology as standard. The car comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as cruise control & speed limiter. It also has a 12V power outlet as well as a multifunction steering wheel.

Safety & Security

Optional with the SVE trim (top of the range trim) is an “Around View Monitor”. This is very clever and it gives you a bird’s eye view of your vehicle. This is very handy for parking by showing you entire surrounds on the touchscreen. In 2013 the Note received four stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. It received 86% for adult occupancy and 82% for child occupancy. For pedestrian safety it scored 58%. All trims have six airbags, an immobiliser and ISOFIX anchorage points for child seats.

Space & Practicality

This is where the Note shines. It has ample space and like the Skoda Fabia it feels like it should be in a segment with the Volkswagen Golf. The boot can offer up to 411 litres if you push the seats fully forward (325 litres normally). Leg and head room is very good and four adults would comfortably sit in this vehicle.

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Key Facts

Make

Nissan

Model
Note
Variant
1.2 PET 5dr. XE
Car Category
Family Hatch
First year of model production
2013
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€16,945
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average L/100 km
4.7
Average km/L
21.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
41
Fuel Tank Range
870 km
Cost of filling a tank
€53.87
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.35
CO2 emmissions
109 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
79 bhp
Max Power kW
59
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1198
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
170 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
13.7 s
Town KPG
5.90 L
EC Extra Urban (KPG)
4.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
411 L
Air Conditioning
No
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
60:40 Split
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available
Power Steering
Electric speed sensitive power steering
Reversing Camera
363 Vision available

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
6 to 12 Years warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4
Hill Hold Assist System
Hill Start Assist

What Experts Say

Auto Express
Nissan's hugely practical small car is well priced and packed with technology: it's also stylish and decent to drive
Top Gear
Despite the all-new Nissan Note’s additions of much technology and a very pointy face, the faintly depressing mini MPV sector is still just that - faintly depressing.
What Car
The Nissan Note offers a lot of practicality for the money, but it's not as classy or as refined as the best rivals.

Interior Comfort

Height Adjustable Seats
No
Rear Cup Holders
Available
USB Connectivity
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
411 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/65 R16 mm
Tyre size back
185/65 R16 mm
Length
4100 mm
Width
1695 mm
Height
1535 mm
Wheel Base
2600 mm
Front Track (mm)
1535
Rear Track (mm)
1485
Kerb weight
1185 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1510

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Steering
Steering rack
Power
79 bhp