First seen at the 2008 Paris motor show, the compact and spacious Nissan Note family car is about to grow up, with changes made to the exterior and interior providing a new look with innovative and friendly technology.
The Nissan Note is the first vehicle in the Nissan range to introduce 'Nissan Connect' - a 2DIN fully integrated audio and satellite navigation system. It uses a touch screen display for ease of use and a full digital music connectivity package with built in CD/radio, iPod gateway, aux-in (3.5mm jack), USB connection and Bluetooth using A2DP streaming audio profile. A2DP allows music to be played through your car audio taken from your Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player or phone without the need for external cables.
The satellite navigation system can display the road map in either 2D or 3D formats and includes both a gyro sensor and speed sensor. These help to quickly identify the direction of travel, which speeds up any re-directions if a turning is missed and adjusts the estimated time of arrival.
Nissan Connect will be fitted as standard on the Tekna and as a £400 option on the Acenta but this is not the only change taking place in the interior.
The combi-meter has been redesigned for improved visibility and the interior trims have been changed to give each grade a different feel. The useful flexi-board boot storage system, enabling taller items to be fitted in the boot or allowing items to be stored away out of sight, now has a vertical position to help prevent items moving out of place whilst driving.
Outside the front gets a new nose with a reshaped bonnet, bumper, streamlined headlights and a shiny black finish to the grille. Both 15 and 16 inch alloys are all new designs for the Acenta and Tekna respectively. Move to the rear and the tail lights have been darkened for a more refined look plus the Tekna gets reversing sensors incorporated into the bumper. Completing the new exterior look is an additional colour choice of Safari Gold.
The engine line-up continues with the proven reliability of the 1.4, 1.6 petrol and 1.5dCi power units. However, improvements to the emission levels have enabled the 1.5dCi to emit a CO2 level of just 119g/km and a pump friendly 62.8mpg. The 1.4 petrol unit produces 139g/km of CO2 with a more than respectable 47.9mpg. And by having a CO2 level of below 140g/km means they join an elite group of Nissan vehicles wearing 'Pure Drive' badges. The 1.6 petrol remains available with the choice of both manual and automatic gearboxes.
Revised models with additional equipment normally means a hike in price but not this time, in fact they have been reduced, with the entry-level Visia coming in at £450 less than the outgoing model. A 2009 Nissan Note can now be yours for as little as £9,795 on the road. It's not short on equipment either as it comes with CD player, MP3 jack, 15 inch wheels, rear sliding seat, front electric windows, four airbags and three rear headrests. Manual air conditioning is available as a £500 option.
Acenta models starts at £11,345 (OTR) for the 1.6 engine and feature 15 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, leather covered steering wheel, speed limiter, flexi-board storage system, front and rear electric windows, remote audio controls, six airbags, Bluetooth and electric heated mirrors. Nissan Connect, with all the satellite navigation touch screen features, can be added for an additional £400.
The top of the range Tekna comes in at £13,695 (OTR) for the 1.6 power unit and the extra luxury provides Nissan Connect, rear parking sensors, 16 inch alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, part leather seats, electric folding door mirrors, ESP, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers and interior chrome detailing.
The equipment list does not end there as there are a range of accessories that can be used to personalise your vehicle. These include trunk finisher and mirror caps finished in chrome, bonnet deflector, bumper protection kits and tailor made floor mats.
Running costs, security and safety are always a strong consideration for vehicles in this price bracket and the Nissan Note does not fall short with low insurance groups starting from 4E, or 10E if using the 50 point set, with E standing for 'exceeding' the security standard set by Thatcham. Plus with a 4 star NCAP rating for adult occupancy you are assured of some of the best protection, should it be required.
The Nissan Note changes take effect from 9th January 2009.Published 16 December 2008