From £9,9408

Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

There are five trim levels are offered: Acenta, Acenta Limited Edition, Acenta Black Edition, Acenta Premium and Tekna. Entry-level Acenta trims include Bluetooth, a CD radio, cruise control, a trip computer, electric front windows, air conditioning, USB connectivity and alloys wheels. Opt for the Acenta Limited Edition and you get some bespoke Note decal floor mats, while the Black Edition comes with a 5.8in Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat nav and numerous black exterior and interior details.

The mid-range Acenta Premium trims come with a sliding rear bench, climate control, auto headlights and wipers, and front fog lights, while the range-topping Tekna models get 16in alloys, a part leather interior, keyless entry and start, and a 360-degree camera.

The wheels and pedals are aligned well and sit where you expect them to

The Nissan Note’s driving position is a bit more raised than the typical small car’s and a little more bent-legged. But otherwise, from the front seats at least, this feels like a pretty ordinary supermini, which should be construed as both a good and a bad thing.

Nissan's seats are comfortable and the controls well placed, but it’s high time that Nissan joined the rest of the car-making world in fitting telescoping steering columns to its small cars.

The glossy black centre stack and funky circular climate control console are appealing enough, but they look like a vague nod in the direction of added style rather than a decisive commitment to it.

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This is a functional, practical cabin built mainly of robust yet unspectacular plastics and littered with storage cubbies but few appealing flourishes. It’s comfortable and seems durable but does little to massage the senses.

Passenger space is very impressive, though – particularly in the rear. Back here, the seats both slide and fold, and there’s more legroom with them all the way back than in anything in the class. Or the class above, really. The 1000mm of maximum rear legroom that we measured is 40mm more generous than a Citroën C3 Picasso, 60mm better than a current Renault Clio and 100mm better than a Volkswagen Volkswagen Polo.

It’s also within 20mm of a Skoda Octavia, itself a very commodious car. Rear headroom is generous, too, but only by supermini standards. In the boot, we very much like the secondary handle for sliding the second row of seating fore and aft. The folding false boot floor is also useful, albeit less original.

Our only criticism is that you can’t flop the seat bases forward for an extra-large load bay.