Nissan has tuned the Note’s 85bhp 1.5-litre diesel to 102bhp, added a particulate filter and made it the new range-topper. There’s also a new six-speed gearbox, which is only available with the new engine.
What’s it like?
Very good. The 177lb ft of torque is available from 2000rpm, giving the car useful amounts of acceleration. It can be noisy under load, but it quiets to a very acceptable hush under normal driving conditions.
The six-speed gearbox is particularly successful and justifies the premium of this model over the lower-powered five-speed diesel.
You can cruise at decent motorway speeds doing just 2500rpm, but it’s also a rewarding drive elsewhere thanks to the neat, satisfying shift and well-weighted steering.
The 102bhp engine has a combined mpg of 55.4 – just 2.3mpg less than the 85bhp 1.5dCi.
Should I buy one?
Yes. This is a great option if you want a compact family car that’s capable of doing high miles in comfort and without breaking the bank. But with at this price, the new diesel model is expensive.
So if you’re planning on staying around town, the 1.4-litre petrol Note will also be getting a revised 5-speed gearbox this October and could be a more manageable initial cost with a £4000 lower entry price.