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The Top Gear car review: Nissan Note
For:Pleasingly less stark than the original, sophisticated gadgetry
Against:Forgettable dynamics, uneventful engines
1.5  dCi Acenta 5dr
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.
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.
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.