Nissan Note

Nissan Note removed from Scheme 1st April 2017

Nissan Note motability carThe new Nissan Note is a departure from its boxy predecessor, this new car is lower and wider than the outgoing model and the sloping roof gives it a contemporary look. Nissan are positioning the Note away from the small MPV sector and targeting the lucrative Super Mini sector owned by the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, albeit with extra space for passengers and 325 litres of luggage space (45 more that its predecessor). The Note has some neat little tricks too, sliding rear seats, flexi-board boot storage system which creates a hidden storage area in the boot and wide opening rear doors all add to the family appeal of the new Nissan Note.

The Sunderland built Note feels solid and responsive to drive, the firmer suspension does not lead to any bounce and road noise is kept to a minimum, it’s not hugely exciting in the corners but it is more capable than the old car in all regards, though the dash could be softer to the touch to complement the well laid out cabin.

 

Nissan Note motability car interiorThe Note comes in four trim levels, the Visia (not on the mobility scheme), the Acenta, the N-Connecta nd the range topping Tekna. Standard equipment on Visia models includes six airbags, cruise control, front electric windows, power-folding door mirrors and a radio/CD player with USB input.  Acenta trim adds air-conditioning, Bluetooth, rear electric windows, a multi-position boot shelf and 15-inch alloy wheels. N-Connecta has automatic lights and wipers, climate control and a 5.8-inch touch-screen satellite-navigation system. Acenta and N-Connecta cars can also be specified with Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Safety Shield. This is a £400 option and uses cameras around the car to give a virtual 360-degree view of the surroundings, designed to make parking and low-speed manoeuvring easier and safer. It also includes lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. Tekna trim gets all this technology as standard. It also adds keyless entry and start, part-leather trim, a leather steering wheel, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

 

Nissan Note motability car sideTwo petrol engines and one diesel are available for the Note, the manuals are five speed and the Automatic is a CVT replacing the clunky four speed auto on the outgoing model, the brand new three cylinder 1.2 litre with 80bhp is a little underpowered for anything other than town driving, economy is good at 60.1 miles per gallon but the 0-62 time is 13.7 seconds. This engine is also available in supercharged form, badged as DIG-S which boosts the power to 98bhp and economy to 65.7 miles per gallon, the 0-62 time is a more respectable 11.7 seconds. This engine is also the only Automatic choice, paired with a CVT (continuous variable transmission) automatic box, economy drops to 55.4 miles per gallon and acceleration to 12.2 seconds. The 89bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel model is our pick of the engines as it’s the quickest but it’s also the most frugal. It’s been reported to be a little noisy when accelerating but settles down on the motorway, economy is an excellent 78.5 miles per gallon and acceleration to 62 miles per hour is achieved in 11.9 seconds.

 Winter Best Buy – Nissan Note 1.5 diesel Tekna (5 speed Manual)   –  £149 Advance Payment  (£59.05 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Nissan Note 1.2 petrol DiG-S Tekna Manual –  £99 Advance Payment (£58.72 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Nissan Note 1.2 petrol DiG-S Acenta CVT Automatic –  Nil Advance Payment (£58.05 wpms)