Nissan Note

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Nissan Note


Like the Renault Modus with which it shares its underpinnings, the Nissan Note is a small car with big ideas, based principally around clever interior packaging. The catch is that no-one seems to care.

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  • If this is a note it’s definitely minor rather than major, and flat rather than sharp.
  • Top Gear wildcard

    Get this rather than the Renault Modus. Same car, better looks and slightly cheaper too.

  • Our choice

    Note 1.5 dCi 90 Acenta 5d

    Price £14,025

    BHP 90

    LB FT 147

    MPG 67

    CO2 110

    0-62 MPH 12.80

    Top Speed 104

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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.

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4/10 Nissan Note Note Driven
January 2014

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