Nissan Note Road Test (2013)

Nissan Note (Interior View) (2013)

Nissan Note Review

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Included are blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and an impressively efficient surround camera system...

Comfort and Refinement

In contrast with the Note’s excellent roominess for its size, some aspects of the cabin seem a bit skimpy. All the surfaces are hard to the touch and look rather budget-price. There is no height adjustment for the seatbelts. The seats are quite firmly cushioned, and the bases of the driver and front passenger seat are a bit on the short side and leave a gap under anyone long-legged.

On the plus side, the Note is well endowed with stowage places. There are two gloveboxes with a shelf in between them, and all four doors have slots for stowing bottles, as well as other cubbyholes around the interior.  Everything fits together nicely and the car’s refinement is generally quite reasonable. Around town the engine is just a bit noisy, although it does settle down to a quieter thrum at motorway speed.

Safety and Security

The Note is built to Euro NCAP 5 star safety standard, although its safety performance awaits testing at the time of writing. It is obvious that Nissan has tried to make this car particularly safety-conscious, with some interesting techy features. For £400 you can add an optional package of measures with the Around View Monitor with Safety Shield pack that give you benefits that come much more expensively – if at all - on more up-market cars. Included are blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and an impressively efficient surround camera system that gives you a 360 degree view all around the car’s exterior, via a screen on the dashboard. There is an added bonus in paying the extra for the Safety Shield package, because it lowers the car’s insurance rating from group nine to group six.


On all versions of the Note from the base level Visia upwards you get six standard airbags, electric front windows, electric door mirrors, cruise control, a stereo radio/CD and USB connectivity. Move up to a higher-spec Acenta model, and you also get standard electric windows front and rear, Bluetooth, air conditioning, alloy wheels and the very handy variable boot shelf. The standard radio-CD player has pretty reasonable sound quality, but if you are keen on your music it may be worth upgrading.

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What We Liked
  • Lots of stowage around the cabin
  • Two glove boxes stacked vertically with shelf between
  • Bottle slots in all four doors
What We Disliked
  • Old-school cabin with all hard surfaces
  • Uneven gaps in the bodywork
  • Less distinctive than the old model
What We Would Like To See

Better build quality, some of the gaps in the bodywork are wider and more uneven than they should be.


The Nissan Note has quite stylish looks and some clever technology. It is pleasant to drive, if a bit uninspiring. It is quite well equipped, but looks a little pricey alongside some of its rivals. Worth considering, but check out what else is available for similar money.

23 October 2013 Sue Baker
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Nissan Note Road Test Data
Model ReviewedNissan Note Acenta Premium 1.5 dCi
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourForce red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11.9 Seconds
Top Speed 111 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban67.3 mpg
Extra Urban88.3 mpg
Combined78.5 mpg
Insurance Group9
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited
Price (when tested on the 23/10/13)£16,150

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