What is it?

With Nissan preparing the Nissan Invitation for launch in summer 2013 the writing is on the wall for the practical Note. As a last hurrah Nissan is throwing equipment at its compact MPV, and has added this luxuriously specified N-TEC+ model to the top of the range. From Acenta trim upwards the Note now come specified with climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers and headlamps and body coloured door mirrors. The new N-TEC+ trim adds rear parking sensors, privacy glass and Nissan Connect - incorporating touch screen sat nav, audio and Bluetooth connection - to the mix.

What’s it like?

Inside it’s as sensible as ever, the softer touch materials of its 2010 refresh remaining, the interior functional rather than daring in its design. Hugely practical though, with the split-folding and sliding rear seats giving estate car like carrying capacity when folded and legroom for even the lengthiest of rear-seat passengers when not. A false floor with fold up ‘flexi-board’ panels allows boot partitioning for the weekly shop, the Note’s carrying capacity still surprising given its relatively diminutive footprint.

It’s not all earnest either as it’s enjoyable to drive too, this 89bhp 1.5 dCi turbodiesel engine the pick of the bunch. Its ample low-rev response makes for easy progress, while an official economy figure of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 110g/km should keep running costs low, too. The suspension mixes ride comfort and control adeptly and the steering, while light on feel, is nicely weighted and accurate enough.

Should I buy one?

Helped by its precise five-speed manual gearshift and decent refinement - at lower revs - the Note makes a case for itself on more than mere practicality.

Nick Maher

Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-TEC+

Price: £14,525; 0-62mph: 12.8sec; Top speed: 104mph; Economy: 67.3mpg; Co2: 110g/km; Kerbweight: 1180kg; Engine type, cc: 1461cc four-cylinder in-line turbodiesel; Power: 89bhp at 4000rpm; Torque: 148lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox: 5-speed manual

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Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

Its main competitor, the Modus, is no longer being sold, so it might have a bit more of the market to itself now. Well, not if the ix20 and Venga have anything to say about it...

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

Nice diesel - shame about the rest.

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

mrcliodCi wrote:
Nice diesel - shame about the rest.
I think the note is fantastic, it's comfortable, looks good, is spacious and £15k for a top of the range model that is fantastic, but in like you I don't think the engine is good enough! I think the škoda fabia 1.6 elegance is better value

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

My parents were looking around recently - the note was on their short-list. One strike against it not too many people are aware of is that generally you can only get hold of one tyre manufacturer for this car; it uses 185/55/16 which only continental regularly produces with just one of their lines. Therefore you're stuck with one type of tyre, the cost of which is significantly higher than a more standard tyre, like the 175/65/r15 on the Jazz they ended up going for. About 15-20 options in that size.

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

theonlydt wrote:
it uses 185/55/16 which only continental regularly produces with just one of their lines. Therefore you're stuck with one type of tyre

I drive an Audi A2 SE, which uses 185/55/16 tyres, which there are plenty of choices of brands from value to expensive ones.

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

theonlydt wrote:
Therefore you're stuck with one type of tyre, the cost of which is significantly higher than a more standard tyre

I'd be surprized if there's only one make of tyre for the car, even so this sort of car will probably get though a set of tyres once every 2 years making the additional cost, if indeed there is any, on this £14,000 car very small indeed.

Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size

 

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Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

xxxx wrote:
Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size

not with the V speed rating though.

But tyres aside (which is an important consideration, especially in a car without a full-size spare) this would seem excellent value for money as well as clever use of space. And it's narrow enough to fit comfortably in the typically narrow garage that older houses seem to have. I much enjoyed driving the rental Note Acenta that I had recently, far more so than a Corsa, Fabia or Polo that rents for the same money which were out of their depth on a busy continental motorway

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

xxxx wrote:
Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size

not with the V speed rating though.

But tyres aside (which is an important consideration, especially in a car without a full-size spare) this would seem excellent value for money as well as clever use of space. And it's narrow enough to fit comfortably in the typically narrow garage that older houses seem to have. I much enjoyed driving the rental Note Acenta that I had recently, far more so than a Corsa, Fabia or Polo that rents for the same money which were out of their depth on a busy continental motorway

Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

Big S wrote:

xxxx wrote:
Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size

not with the V speed rating though.

But tyres aside (which is an important consideration, especially in a car without a full-size spare)

No Note would get anywhere near 149 mph to make it necessary to get a 'V' rated tyre.

A 'H' rated tyre would take you, legally, up to 130 mph which would easier be enough as no Note goes faster than 114 mph.

 

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Re: Nissan Note 1.5 dCi N-tec+

2 years 28 weeks ago

xxxx wrote:
No Note would get anywhere near 149 mph to make it necessary to get a 'V' rated tyre.

but Nissan fit V rated tyres as original equipment; that's their specification

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