Until May 2010, when the 1.5 diesel unit arrives, there is only one engine.
The Nissan Cube test car also came with brightly coloured elastic bands for £11.75. These are available in orange or silver and hook around slots in the door pulls and can be used to hold phones or paperwork so that they are easily to hand. And, if you get the chance, check out the funky footwell lights than come in nine colours or can be set to cycle through all of them, in a similar manner to the old fibre optic lamps.
The rear seats have a definite sofa style about them and for extra legroom the squab can be moved back and forth by 240mm. On top of this, the seatbacks have an asymmetric split and fold as well as the ability to recline to three set positions.
This flexibility allows a luggage capacity of between 255- and 403-litres. Thanks to the rectangular nature of the Nissan Cube, this is useful space and you will find colourful hooks dotted around to keep things in place. As mentioned, the seatbacks fold but we are not told how much the increased capacity is.
The LDN aside, the Nissan Cube comes in just two trim levels; The Nissan Cube and the Nissan Cube Kaizen, but there are a variety of other Limited Editions promised.
The standard Nissan Cube is priced at between £14,000 and £15,200 depending on whether it has the 5-speed manual or the X-tronic CVT transmission. What this buys is the sunroof, rear privacy glass, the keyless stop/start, manual air conditioning, Bluetooth, powered windows and mirrors, cruise control, ESP and six airbags, including extended curtain airbags.
The Nissan Cube Kaizen version has prices of £15,100 and £16,300 and adds the Nissan Connect audio and satellite navigation system, a rear parking camera, automatic lights and wipers and full climate control.
Until May 2010, when the 1.5 diesel unit arrives, there is only one engine - a 1.6 petrol unit, which can also be found in the Nissan Note and Nissan QASHQAI. In this instance, the lightweight engine produces 110PS at 6,000rpm and 153Nm at 4,400rpm. When mated to the manual 'box the Nissan Cube can achieve a top speed of 109mph following a 0-62mph time of 11.3 seconds. The automatic has relative figures of 105mph and 12.4 seconds.
They both have similar fuel consumption figures, too. Those for the manual are 34.0-, 50.4- and 42.8mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined plus CO2 emissions of 151g/km. The automatic returns 32.1-, 47.8- and 40.3mpg for the same relative cycles and the CO2 emissions are 159g/km.
The figures don't give any indication of the Nissan Cube's drivability, through comfort and good all round visibility, which means that most of the surprises are intentional. Even though there have been improvements in this area, the Nissan Cube still has all the aerodynamics of a brick and is therefore susceptible to side winds on exposed roads. However, awareness of the problem means that it doesn't cause concern. That aside, the drive is relaxed and the wide stance and suspension setup allows for a surprisingly dynamic ride with very little body roll on fast bends.
The Nissan Cube is a surprising car in many ways and if you like being the centre of attention and have a sense of fun, visit the Nissan website and become a Cubist.12 April 2010
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|