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The Nissan Note offers more space and practicality than the average supermini, and a decent drive too
Had one of these on test a while back in 1.6 auto form and was really not expecting too much. I came away pleasantly surprised with how good this was as an all rounder and how good the handling and feed back was for this sort of car.
The only down side with the Note (and to be fair other cars in it's class like the Kia Venga, etc) are the engines which could really do with more grunt.
It's all about the twisties........
I too have had a 1.6 auto for a couple of days and found it a perfectly pleasant little car. Mine was also well kitted out with bluetooth connectivity etc. The only thing that let that particular car down was the auto box, killing what little power the car had to start with and being really overkeen to kick down.
But to be fair that's pretty much standard in any small engine coupled with an auto box
So what economy figures did you get then, Autocar? Infuriating that you hint at this but don't actually say...
I think someone's got the torque figure way, WAY out. 295lb ft at 1750rpm? Really?
One of the cheaper, but still decently-equipped Note variants might be a better option.
Seeing as the N-tec is only 500 more than an Accenta yet gains climate, bluetooth, sat nav, privacy glass etc, I would hardly call that bad value.
more importantly the 1.5 dCi is only £1000 more and will be the bigger seller.
In Russia where I am residing presently (St. Petersburg) this car has been for me at least - and a few hundred thousand Russians - a breath of fresh air as it has been the choice of wheels for those die hard Lada (Fiat 45year old design which is STILL being churned out), so I personally much prefer this than the eyes sore of the "jigole" as it is nicknamed locally. Anything but that!
in what respect is the 'fiesta zetec 5 dr' this car's 'natural' rival....?
autocar- that is an alternative rather than a rival as the note is marketed as a mini MPV.
so surely kia venga, renault modus, et all are a better comparison for quoted resale values and any other comparisons?
just a thought, whilst im feeling pedantic.
I had one also for a week as a hire car. I was mildly dissapointed I thought an entry level C4 far superior it felt as it is a stretched Micra or in other words the class below. So narrow spacious only in length. Engine noisy and boomy economy from the old 1.5 abysmal, something like early 30's. I'd save up and get something from the Focus/Astra/C4 class.