What is it?
This is the freshly facelifted Nissan Note 1.5 dCi Tekna. Nissan’s supermini-sized MPV has undergone a mid-life tweak, with the changes aimed at increasing the car’s interior quality and freshening up the exterior design.
On the outside the Nissan Note has been given redesigned tail lights, a new bumper and bonnet, restyled headlights, and a new gloss-black grille. Acenta and Tekna trim levels also get new alloy wheel designs.
It’s on the inside, however, where the most significant changes to the Nissan Note have taken place. All models now have better-quality, soft-touch interior plastic and mildly redesigned instrument graphics.
Most important is that the Nissan Note 1.5 dCi Tekna now has the new Nissan Connect entertainment system (it’s also an option on Acenta models). This is a five-inch touchscreen that offers sat-nav, a CD player, full Bluetooth connectivity and a USB/aux-in connecter for MP3 connectivity.
Tweaks to the drivetrain are limited to revised gear ratios, which allow the Nissan Note 1.5 dCi Tekna to dip under 120g/km CO2, and fuel efficiency to rise to 62.8mpg.
What’s it like?
Mechanically, the Nissan Note feels almost unchanged. The Renault-sourced 86bhp turbodiesel is as smooth as ever, the handling is still surprisingly entertaining for a car with such a humdrum remit, and the whole package is still impressively refined.