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The Nissan Note might not be new, but its huge practicality remains a big draw for families on a budget.

Our Verdict

The Nissan Note offers more space and practicality than the average supermini, and a decent drive too

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2 April 2012

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...

2 April 2012

Nice diesel - shame about the rest.

2 April 2012

[quote mrcliodCi]Nice diesel - shame about the rest.[/quote] 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

3 April 2012

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.

3 April 2012

[quote theonlydt]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[/quote]

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.

3 April 2012

[quote theonlydt]Therefore you're stuck with one type of tyre, the cost of which is significantly higher than a more standard tyre[/quote]

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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3 April 2012

[quote xxxx]Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size[/quote]

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

3 April 2012

[quote xxxx]Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size[/quote]

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

3 April 2012

[quote Big S]

[quote xxxx]Just checked, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Pirelli all do tyres in this size[/quote]

not with the V speed rating though.

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

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.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

3 April 2012

[quote xxxx]No Note would get anywhere near 149 mph to make it necessary to get a 'V' rated tyre.[/quote]

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

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