The Nissan Cube test car was one of the Limited Edition models; in fact the first 100 sold in this country were limited edition or LDN.
The Nissan Cube test car was one of the Limited Edition models; in fact the first 100 sold in this country were limited edition or LDN. That meant that the large, broad seats were covered in a 'Bitter Chocolate' (brown) crushed velour, very similar to a sofa my Grandmother once had. This may not appeal to everyone but it was a deliberate move on the part of the designers as they wanted to make the Nissan Cube as comfortable and relaxing as a lounge or sitting room.
The other two trim levels have either a black or beige interior colour scheme. Both have suede-like upholstery in either graphite or brown, with a stitched wave pattern that matches the dashboard layout.
The imposing fascia is a series of 'walls' and 'shelves' that form waves as they snake across the front of the Nissan Cube's cabin; it is a theme that crops up elsewhere, in the speakers, roof lining and, in a more stylised way, in the sliding shoji sunblind. The Nissan Cube has a fixed sunroof over the front of the cabin and as an alternative to the solid sunblind, it has a blind in three sections, which reminiscent of Japanese paper panels. The translucent effect is a lot softer than conventional sunblinds and has just the right sympathetic feel to suit the space.
The broad shelf of the dashboard has some very useful storage areas and a good few cupholders. All Nissan Cubes have keyless, push-button start and stop, so during the test, the key fob found a home in the handy pot, to the right of the fully adjustable steering wheel. This lower section also houses the comfort control panel which is simply a circle of buttons with a temperature display in the centre. This is in the middle of the centre console and above, the lighter coloured wave wall provides a setting for the audio system and tall, oval air vents.
The oblong audio display panel comprises an integrated, single CVD player with four speakers, an AUX socket and there is also Bluetooth connectivity.
Continuing with the wave theme, the Nissan Cube's instrument nacelle, which is described as 'floating', contains two dials. One of these has blue lighting and the other has white illumination. Although this is supposed to represent the sun and moon, more practical reasoning says that it makes it easier to differentiate the speedo from the tacho, at a glance.
Another of those, 'What is that about?', moments was initiated by a circle of tweedy coloured shag-pile carpet, about the size of a large dinner plate. This non-slip mat takes pride of place in a depression atop the dashboard and it was suggested that it was a place to put a phone, keys or sunglasses. I tried it and they didn't stay put for long. But this is just one of the stranger optional extras and adds a whole £22 to the Nissan Cube's price and experience, so the fun nature isn't excessively priced.
Nissan Cube Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Nissan Cube 1.6 LDN|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||50.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 12/04/10)||£14,600|