2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
With the Note, Nissan presents a convincing compact station wagon. The new one could make it difficult for an Opel Meriva or a Golf Plus in the future.
By Stefan Grundhoff
In Japan, the Nissan Note was one of the most successful cars last year. Now the long-awaited family vehicle is also coming to Europe. A compact all-rounder that knows hardly any limits in the interior and is simply nice to look at.
It's hard to believe what is possible on the joint C platform from Nissan and Renault. Nissan Micra, Renault Clio and Renault Modus are followed by the Nissan Note. A big hit in Asia for a long time, the 4.08 meter long compact station wagon seems to have been made for the European market. Here it could make life difficult for models like the Opel Meriva or a VW Golf Plus in the future. He looks good and should therefore go into the hearts of many young mothers in particular. And, as is well known, they have an important say when it comes to choosing a car.
Its relationship to the Renault Modus (20 cm shorter) or a Nissan Micra cannot be seen in the new Nissan Note. The design is pleasing throughout, as if it were made from one piece. At the front the same enchanting eyes look at you as with the pretty Micra. In addition, the radiator grille in Murano look and the high-mounted taillights - so he wants to win hearts. Large doors give access to the variable and generously dimensioned interior. Even small people can open the large tailgate easily and easily. The luggage compartment is extremely versatile. Module floors and a rear seat that can be moved and folded save pretty much every rental van; also because the passenger seat still has to be folded down. Then not only up to 990 liters of storage space, but also 2.40 meters in length are available.
Hardly contoured benches
The legroom in the rear is great. Adults can also sit comfortably with the seat pushed back. Only the barely contoured benches and the short thigh rests disturb. This also applies to the first row. With everything planned and the numerous shelves, jagged cladding and an unmanageable mix of materials disturb the overall picture.
The coordination of the doors and the dashboard in particular looks anything but successful. Sometimes grained, sometimes dotted, sometimes with textile covering. With all the youthful charm, there is undoubtedly too much of a good thing. The haptics and the adjustment options of the seats cannot completely satisfy you either. So the steering wheel can only be adjusted in height. There is no seat height adjustment on the passenger side and an at least optional seat heating is also left out. But the extras are not the thing of the Nissan Note. Automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and aluminum rims - there is not much more to get. Annoying that even ESP and head airbags cost 550 euros extra. Useful details such as xenon lights, heated seats, sunroofs or a navigation system are completely left out. The competition offers significantly more.
1.6 can convince
However, this does not apply to the engines. Especially the Nissan Note 1.6 can convince. 81 kW / 110 PS and 153 Nm maximum torque allow you to be on the move quickly in any driving mode. The four-cylinder presented for the first time in the Micra 160 SR is not a quiet step, but consumption and performance fit. At 183 km / h top speed and 0 to 100 km / h in 10.3 seconds, family fathers don't make long faces either.
In addition, Nissan promises an average thirst of just 6.6 liters of super per 100 kilometers. The holiday budget is pleasantly spared. The starting price for the all too sparsely equipped Nissan Note 1.4 Visia is 13,690 euros. The € 17,040 note acenta looks better, but its standard scope should be expanded with ESP, head airbags and automatic air conditioning. Then you end up at 18,090 euros.