Nissan Note – Eco Car
Technically, the Nissan Note is above average in so many areas. Unfortunately, it achieves a similar level of dullness. The Note is expensive compared to many other options for buyers in this sector and lacks the most economic engine options. Drivers need not fear drama but they won’t enjoy much excitement either. The Nissan Note is available from £10,895 ONR. The cheapest eco diesel model is around £11,895.00.
Nissan Note – Car Tax Band
In addition to the many other factors that determine the cost of owning and running a car, the car tax band can make a big difference to your annual motoring bill. The Note’s petrol engines all produce enough CO2 to make the cost of car tax a consideration, (Band E). The more eco friendly diesel engines fare better and fall into category B for car tax, but this does make the car a bit weak. Car Tax B is free for the first year and only around £20 a year thereafter.
Nissan Note – Miles Per Gallon
By far the most economical engines are the 1.5 diesel options. The diesel engines with their low co2 manage between 56.5 and 70.6 miles to the gallon which impressively works out at 65.7 miles to the gallon on average. The Petrol engines are less economical and manage a more expensive motoring option of 47.9miles to the gallon.
Nissan Note – C02 Emissions
Especially with the available petrol engines, the Nissan Note is a supermini MPV that generates the emissions of a bigger MPV. The petrol engines produce at least 139g/km of CO2 and the 1.5 dci diesel engines in the range produce low co2 of 110g/km.
Nissan Note – Safety
The Nissan Note lacks a lot of the safety features that come as standard on many much cheaper cars. The base model, in particular, lacks ESP (electronic stability program) and curtain air bags. Higher up the range, you will find a better standard package but the Note is still less competitive in terms of safety features than its many rivals.
Nissan Note – Insurance Group
Unless you opt for a diesel engine, you can probably expect to pay above average rates for car tax with the Nissan Note. Otherwise, the insurance groups are low (around band 4/5) and fuel economy is very good, so daily running costs should be pretty low, if not quite class leading. Depreciation is also likely to be a problem.
Nissan Note – Practical MPV
The Note offers passengers plenty of headroom and rear legroom. However, it’s a narrow car (1.69 metres) so shoulder room could be a problem for adults in the back seat. Several of the engines can be a bit raucous but otherwise the Note is a pretty comfortable place to be.
The Note offers a very practical alternative to larger MPVs but is no hot hatch. Several of the bigger engines have reasonable zest but the more practical economic diesel options lack any real verve. The Note goes about the job of ferrying family and cargo in comfort very well but it won’t set the road alight.
The Nissan Note is based on the Renault Modus. Though the joint venture with Renault may not result in products with quite the quality of Nissan’s best efforts, the Note should still be very well made. Neither the mechanics nor the materials should give cause for concern.
Nissan Note – Excellent Family Car
The Nissan Note offers some very clever interior packaging. Despite its relatively small external dimensions, the Note can carry five adults in reasonable comfort or an impressive amount of cargo. It’s easy to drive and makes an excellent family car for urban life.
With its long wheelbase and low stance, the Note offers excellent handling for a family hatchback. The chassis lacks the finesse of the finest European hatches and, in common with most modern cars, will understeer at the limit but it lacks any real vices.
The Nissan Note can reach 62 miles per hour in 13.3 seconds in the diesel engine with a top speed of 102 miles per hour. The petrol engines do not vary a great deal.