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Nissan Note

£12,225£18,165
5/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Pleasingly less stark than the original, sophisticated gadgetry

Against: 

Forgettable dynamics, uneventful engines
Note strikes a happy balance between mini MPV and supermini. An able competitor for the Honda Jazz

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Our choice

Nissan

1.5 [90] dCi Acenta 5dr

£14,440
N/A
67mpg
12.80s
90bhp
110g/km

What we say: 

It's Nissan's answer to the Honda Jazz. Dull to drive, but a vast improvement over the Renault Modus-based original

What is it?

A practical mini-MPV that’s just about big enough, but if space is a concern, then we’d recommend saving up and going one size bigger. The 1.4-litre petrol is fine and it handles OK, but make sure you get a bargain as the sleek new one arrives soon.

Driving

Long in the wheelbase and relatively low to the ground, the Note handles pretty well. There’s no real body roll to worry about, although it is inclined to understeer when pushed.

Small engines abound in the Note, and none is particularly quick. Stick with the 1.5-litre Renault-sourced diesel that’s marginally slower but dramatically more frugal.

On the inside

There’s plenty of headroom throughout the Note, and even rear legroom is surprisingly good. A decent range of engines including Renault’s 1.5 dCi diesel also ensure an acceptable level of refinement on the move.

There’s a remarkably large amount of passenger space for such a small car, while the already impressive 437-litre boot can effectively be tripled in size by folding the rear seats flat.

Nissan and Renault’s joint venture is perhaps not up to the standards of some of the Japanese firm’s lone projects, but it’s still reasonably robust in the cabin and the mechanicals ought to be trouble free.

Owning

All Notes will be quite cheap to run, but there isn’t an engine option that’ll get you into the lowest possible CO2 tax band, which might irk some potential buyers of what is, after all, just a slightly larger Micra.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 DiG-S Acenta 5dr
11.8s 99g/km 65.7 98 £14,720
The cheapest
1.2 Visia 5dr
13.7s 109g/km 60.1 80 £12,225
The greenest
1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr
11.9s 93g/km 78.5 90 £15,620

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

6/10

Renault Captur

£14,240£21,140
The Captur is a more stylish alternative to the Note. Just avoid the optional decals...