Interior space for overall size is a Note strong point...
Ride and Handling
The Nissan Note has tidy handling, it hangs onto the bends without too much body roll and feels averagely sure-footed on a twisty back-road. It is not quite as good for ride quality, which is fine on a smooth road surface but becomes a bit choppy when the going is more varied. Over the kind of potholed, unevenly-surfaced country lane that is so common around rural Britain, it has a tendency to become just a bit bouncy.
The Note’s ride and handling is very acceptable for a car of its size and type, but it is slightly disappointing that it does not seem much of an improvement in this area over the old Note, and a rival Ford Fiesta is both more poised and better fun behind the wheel.
Ease of Use
Interior space for overall size is a Note strong point. It is versatile too, with wide-opening doors and back seats that can not only be folded to increase the car’s carrying capacity, but can also be adjusted at different angles to let you squeeze in a bit of extra boot room when you need it. Or you can let your passengers relax at a slightly leaned-back angle when you don’t need to carry much behind them. The Note’s cargo capacity can thus be varied from the standard boot size of 325 litres (which is 35 litres more than a Fiesta), to 411 litres with the rear seat backs set a bit more upright, to a maximum 2,012 litres. It’s worth noting that this second generation Note squeezes in a useful amount more boot space than its predecessor’s modest 280 litres.
A clever feature is Nissan’s Flexiboard system that lets you hold luggage securely in place, including big side clips in the boot for hanging up a handbag, briefcase or shopping bags. There is also a deep cavity under the variable-height boot floor where you can stow precious items, and this under-floor space is easily washable.