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Using this Nissan really is a blessing, it can take a family of six which, we are, the design of the car is really nice, not because it is a family it should look not nice. The Air conditioner is cool and the engine is of good quality, what I love also it is the leg room space it has. Which helps one to be comfortable on long distance journey.The Interiors like the chairs are made of quality, and soft.
This is the review of the nissan note. My dad and my mom owns (and I am the co-driver) the 1.4l petrol nissan note. When explaining this car to people who have never seen it, I like to describe it as a nissan micra estate, as that is what it essentially is.
So, a brief overview.
Being a nissan,our family have found both of our nissans to be very reliable, without any breakdown in 3 years yet (between 2 cars, ones is 2003, other is 2004, both done around 50k mileage). These cars are real work horses, between my and my dad we have driven through snow, taken wooden pallets, done some very basic offroading (through fields on rain days), and stuff like that, and the car does fine. The only negative on this point is that changing the front lightbulb on this car is really tricky, and the first time i did it i cut my hand (but once you know how to do it, its not too bad).
So, what about costs? For a car of this size, it has very good mpg rates (we get i estimate around 30-40mpg), although this is balanced by the poor performance. Being such a large car with a 1.4l petrol, it does feel a bit slouchy sometimes (but this is more at motorway speeds). The only other cost is MOT/servicing rates, and this is the slightly painful part. Being japanese, I think the servicing is more expensive than alternative cars out there, as are the parts.
Performance: The car is a bit slouchy, which is pre-mentioned. Also, in the wet if the ground is slick, the front tyres have a tendency to wheel spin if you try to accelerate out say on a roundabout (i guess due to the weight at the back). The car also isnt the best aerodynamically at motorway speeds, and the car "bobbles" from side to side slightly. Its nothing that you can't handle, but its nothing like a mercedes C class or something like that. The car seats are also high off the ground, but the car never feels like its about to topple over, it feels well planted (but obviously its no ferrarri).
Comfort: The car is very comfortable due t its high seats. You do not feel like you have to climb in and out of the car, and the seats are good. In the back there are no real complaints, as the entire back seats can shuffle forwards and back (increasing or decreasing legroom at the expensive of boot space). Although it can be cramped when there are 5 of us and baggage for 1 weeks holiday.
Practicality. This is where this car excels. With the fact that the seats move forwards and back, the seats also fold flat, and can even be removed, meaning this car can sort of double up as a van (and me and my dad have used it as such). For a car of this size, it has a pretty impressive rear space, and honestly I am not sure how it could be topped. I gather that in the newer versions, there is a boot divider as well, meaning that you can serpate the boot into 2 halves.
This car is perfect for people who just want a car that goes from A-B, and does fine in city and motorway environments, but is much more suited for city and B road driving (the daily commute style of driving). It would really suit older people due to the higher driving position, and I have intentionally not reviewed the stying as firstly everyone has their own opinion on this matter, and secondly I think its one of those things no-one can tell you, you have to make your own mind.
Alternatives to this car might include the Honda jazz, but this is a bigger car, and can be bought cheaper with cheaper insurance. But then again, the Jazz is a better car, and has better interior, acceleration, and relaibility. The main downfall with this car interior is the lack of much in the way of gadgets. It has AC, a simple radio... and thats about your lot. It doesnt bother me much personally, but when the jazz offers a nicer sound system, its just a point worth making.
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We bought our 2008 reg Nissan Note in July 2011 as a replacement when our old banger ford fiesta had given up on us. We paid £5,400 for it and quite honestly if I could go back and do it all over again I would make the same decision!
The Note is really spacious; we can easily fit our car seats in the back with room for an adult in the middle. The boot is also lage enough for a very large puschair and smaller buggy; and we still have room for shopping and bits to fit in! There's plenty of room for all of our essentials and the seats can be shifted forward to extend the boot space if needed, although of course this does reduce your leg room.
It makes for a comfortable ride, too; the Note is very smooth and easy to drive; it is really responsive. It's also very comfy as a passenger; the seats recline and adjust and there is an arm rest for the driver. Nice! The glove box is air-cooled and has space for a gazillion cans of drink which is fab in the summer.
The only downside really is that we haven't found it to be particularly fuel-efficient. (However, our previous car was a diesel number and so maybe we just have to adjust to the cost of petrol nowadays, haha!) It;s worth it though for it's reliability; we haven't had a problem with it in six months and the tax and insurance on it has been much cheaper than our old banger! Absolute bargain.
Next, I've got my eye on a QashQai. I don't think you can go wrong with nissan!
My father got one of these through the goverment scheme mobility as he has a bad back. He finds it easy to get in and out of, but there seems to be a lack of a drivers side handle for some reason that would help getting in and out of the car. Overall, the car is very comfortable even on long distances, very spacious, and quiet. The only negative comment I would give is on the 1.6 automatic models, it tends to over rev sometimes trying to change gear, but I think if this was a 1.8 model, it would be better. The room in the back is outstanding with loads of leg room and excellent for long trips. The boot is quite roomy and has a separate area under the main boot area that can hold tools and stuff without getting in the way of your shopping. Also if you have frozen food, it tends to stay cooler in this part of the boot.
I think that one of the most useful things about DooYoo, is that you get such a wide range of opinions, all of which are valuable in helping others make purchasing choices. I make that disclaimer before I write this review, for I am not a driver and I know nothing about the technicalities of cars! Nevertheless, I think a review by a passenger just adds another dimension!
For many years, as a family, we've had string of Peugeot cars, except for one unfortunate episode with a Ford Focus. When the opportunity arose to trade in an old car under the Government's scrappage scheme, we decided that we would also trade in our three year old Peugeot for a new car. The obvious choice was another Peugeot, but we tried them and they seemed terribly basic. We also tried a Honda Jazz, but it turned out to be too expensive; and also a Citreon which apparently felt very heavy to drive.
Never before had we considered a Nissan, but we thought we'd give it ago on the basis that you don't know unless you try! Both the Nissan Note, and the Nissan Micra were within our price range, though eventually the boot of the Micra was found to be a little on the small side.
So, what about the Note? Well, we went for the five-door n-tec model as it offered interest-free finance over three years (an excellent deal alongside the scrappage money). For me, the Note is an extremely comfortably car to sit in as a passenger both in the front and back seats. You have the option to increase boot space by moving the whole of the back seat forward. Even with this placed as far forward as possible, there was still plenty of leg-room in the back without any need to adjust the fronts seats. Of course, you can also fold down the back seats to give a greatly enlarged boot. If I had one criticism, neither the headrests in the back or front are particularly comfortably, but I guess it's a personal thing - I prefer something a little less hard!
There is plenty of leg-room in the front passenger seat, and at just under six foot, I can stretch both legs out straight with the seat in a position as to still allow room for another adult in the back with plenty of leg-room. Certainly, the general space is impressive both in the back and front.
A feature which was new to me was to have the back windows slightly tinted. This isn't something generally noticed from the outside, though in a funny sort of way, it does make the back feel much more cosy than it would with large expansive clear windows...but maybe it's an illusion!
The n-tec offers a built in SatNav which is very effective. For several years, we'd had a TomTom which plugged into the cigarette lighter, but the Nissan version is much better, and easier to use. One feature which it lacks is the option to put in a whole series of destinations (useful when house-hunting!), but again, that's really a 'nice extra' rather than a necessity. You can use the radio when the SatNav is running, and it very cleverly reduces the radio volume when the SatNav wishes to speak. It also has an auxiliary socket to attach an iPod or MP3 player.
On first inspection, the boot doesn't seem very big, but this is an illusion. Firstly, as mentioned above, the seats move forward adding another six inches or so. Secondly, the base of the boot lifts out creating a deeper boot, again adding another six inches. The panels which you remove can cleverly be inserted again in a vertical position as to ensure you shopping bags do not fall over!
The engine is very quiet. We have a diesel, and thank goodness, these days we seem to have been saved from (a) the need to wait several seconds before you can switch on the engine; and (b) that 'heavy' diesel sound! In fact it's much quieter than the petrol Peugeot we'd had previously.
I would like to have had a pocket in the rear doors, but there are pockets in the back of the seats, so again, plenty of storage. In the back, the centre panel folds down to give a double-width arm rest for both passengers (or a picnic table, depending which way you look at it!). Of course, there is room for three in the back, all with proper seatbelts.
I hope this has given you just a snapshot of what the Nissan Note offers from a passenger's point of view. In that capacity, I am entirely satisfied. It is such an improvement, both in terms of features and comfort, on the Peugeots we've had, all of which now seem terribly old-fashioned.
I have been driving my Nissan Note since December 2008. The Note is a funny car for it doesn't seem to be that big but once you get inside it feels remarkably spacious. I think this is partly to do with the high roof shape.
The 06 plate cost me £5995 just before the economic downturn hit the UK in a major way. I was lucky because couple of months later a car of similar mileage and features went up to £6995. Price aside the Note depending on the model you buy can be either bad, good or very good. Luckily I have driven what is the "very good" end - the SVE.
The Note SVE came with tintend windows as standard, electric windows, electric mirrors, heated door mirror, 6 CD player and even MP3 support, climate control, automatic windscreen wipers, fog light and finally the glove box doubles as a cooler compartment (when the AC is on). I would consider the SVE to be feature rich for a family car of this size.
It comes in various engine sizes and although I don't know about the newer models, the SVE I drive has a 1.6 litre petrol engine. It isn't frugal as the diesel ones but it provides a good miles per gallon reading. The rated combined cycle is supposed to be 42 miles per gallon although I found this to be nearer 38-40 mpg combined (motorway and city drive). if you drive just in the city it goes down to 33mpg which isn't too bad. T
he engine can put in some bursts of speed and is capable of accelerating when the need arises such as when overtaking on the motorway. The car also drives very well on the motorway and although road noise is noticable it is not irritable. The engine however does become louder with more revs. If you want to drive over 90mph (highly not recommended) then the rev counter will hit 4 (4000) and it will become very loud - still at this stage its not totally deafening.
Nissan has made the steering of this car very light. I don't know if its because they designed this to be a ladies car (no offense intended to any ladies reading) or if its just to make city driving and parking easier. I would like to think the latter. Parking and getting out is much easier as a result but the car does feel very light on the motorway (the body itself as well as the steering) so you have to keep a firm hold on it if there are heavy winds.
Potholes and bumps can be a bit of an issue as the ride height and car suspension doesn't seem to like these. Thankfuly my main driving route involves the motorway and roads which are reasonably free of potholes and bumps.
Cornering the car at slow speeds is fine but if you feel sporty and want to take it fast be prepare for a bit of a roll. Bear in mind this is suppose to be a family car not a hot hatch so it can be forgiven for not cornering so well.
Passenger space is quite good - it is large enough to fit 3 adults in the rear with moderate comfort and leg room. The front passengers also enjoy good leg room. Boot space is on the low side as you can only fit one main luggage and one hand luggage in the trunk - but this is a minor issue the seats can be folded to provide more space.
I am sure I am forgetting something but the Nissan Note (especially in the SVE spec) is really a good family car. There is plenty of room for your little 'uns. Its good on the accelaration, its resonably comfortable on long journeys and it provides a good miles per gallon reading. Perfect for a small family of 4 or 5.
We have owned our Nissan Note 1.6SE Auto Petrol for over 6 months, we are family of four and find it incredibly spacious on the inside for a small car. The back seat is on a moveable track like the front seats, enabling you to provide more leg room in the rear for rear passengers should they need it. The seats are very comfortable, although personally I would prefer it if they were made of a more hard wearing material.
The drive is very comfortable and generally quite quiet except we have just developed a screeching fan belt on ours, which I believe is a common problem. The steering is light, I like this, but my husband would prefer it to be a little heavier to give a sturdier feel when driving around corners. Although having said that, it does handle very well both in the wet and surprisingly enough in the bad snow and ice we had earlier this year, we were amongst a few cars in our street who could actually get up the hill to get out. It handled beatifully in the ice, by just using the controls very lightly the auto gear box did the rest for us.
It has some great features like a cool box in the glove box, a hideaway storage area in the passenger seat, which is great for popping your SAT NAV in out of sight. The boot is split level, although you can take the shelf out too to just have one area, it is surprisngly spacious. Again the split level boot, is a great feature if you are shopping and want to return to car and pop some bags out of sight of oppourtunist thieves.
The automatic gear box on the Note is very good indeed, there doesn't seem to be any delay whilst you are manouvering into parking spaces etc. The only point I would like to mention, is I would personally like to see what gear I am in on my dashboard, I find it a bit annoying as I am constantly looking down whilst manouvering to double check what gear I am in.
We recently bought a trailer as we go camping and obvioulsey with 4 people and a dog we would not have the space to take everything we need as we do take quite a lot of equipment. It towed the trailer like a dream, no problems at all and didn't use any more fuel than it would normally.
The car is quite economical we get about 37 MPG around town and about 47 MPG on the motorway. The lights are brilliant on the car, very bright indeed, the interior lighting is also very good. The sound system is very good, with built in steering wheel controls, which I think is a great safety feature. The Note also is in a low insurance group.
Overall we love this car, we were worried it would be too small as we downsized from a Galaxy, but its been the best thing we have done. We would strongly recommend the Note as a good sized, reliable family car.
The Nissan Note is one of the hire cars we have had and also one of the better ones for that purpose. Its a very versatile little big car, as it has plenty of space for up to 5 passengers and their luggage. Not sure it would be a car of choice as a permanent full time motor, but it does still have plenty to offer.
We found the Note to be a spacious and well designed car with a good sized interior. The car seemed to be well built with nice sharp steering and sound but firm suspension. It wasn' t the car we expected to get, but never the less it was a good little car for the time we had it.
The interior had a good quality finish and although the cabin space was narrow the boot space was very good and easily adaptable. The chap that demonstrated it for us and showed us what it could do, showed us a clever way to make more use out of the available boot space, by moving the rear seats forwards just a tad and then lowering the boot floor. This gave lots of room for bags and cases which we were very pleased with.
The Notes do come in a range of 1.4, 1.6 and 1.5 td engines. We had the 1.4 and it was more than good enough for our needs. The fuel consumption was good and we got really good mileage from a full tank of fuel. The steering was very light and easy and the gear change was the same.
Nissan seems to have a really good reliability record and the Note performed well in the most recent JD Power customer satisfaction survey. However the euro Ncap rating for the car was not as high as we would have liked and this was a little off putting, even though every Note model has twin front and side airbags to protect front-seat occupants in an accident.
The car had a cd player and electric front windows plus air con and alloy wheels. It was a smart little holiday run around and we felt that for a town car you really could do far worse than the Note. A good little motor and so 5 stars.
I had a 2007 Nissan Note up until last September as part of the motability scheme and I absolutely loved it. I'm 29 with a husband, a one year old, another baby due any day and a dog and it was perfect for all our needs. However the growing family unfortunately meant a change to a Grande C4 which is a nice car too but will never replace my beloved Note!
Other than the nifty gadgets such as the cooler in the glove compartment, the built-in Bluetooth on the stereo and the radio/phone controls on the steering wheel, 2 level boot compartment and loads of other really good gadgets the best part about the car for me was the style of it. With a family, practicality is a necessity and the Note had loads of space and storage available. It was also a really good height for my husband who suffers with a serious back condition to be able to get in and out of. Best of all, considering how practical the car was, was the sport version with rear tinted windows and colour coded interior which still made the car feel 'young'.
HOWEVER, all that said I must point out that we had this car on a motability scheme which meant that any repairs/maintenance was covered by motability. Had it not been for this I would not have been a happy owner at all. In the 2 years that we had the car it was back to the dealership at least 10 times with various faults from electric windows failing (3 times!), a dodgy alloy wheel and bulbs going.
All in all a lovely car that I would happily drive all day long on motability scheme but as for buying one, I would probably look elsewhere!
had this car for a day and loved it. Its clean stylish interior meant i fealt relaxed the whole day, the small quiet engine meant i diddnt have to raise my voice to talk to my passengers and there is plenty of space in the boot. The car gets great MPG and you will never have to spend too much on fuel. There are however a few reservations, the build quality in some places is...cheap, and it seems to rattle a bit when going over 50mph or turning around. Other than these this car is as good as any other small car and i would recomend bying it / taking a test drive whenever you can as i dont think that you will actually find a much better car for the money than this..
its a great nippy car for running around town in picking people up dropping people off etc, etc. great car and deffinatly worth a look.
I have a Note SVE, I like it a lot but with a few resevations worth sharing.
it suffers from screeching drive belt ,a lot of people complain about this on the 1.6 engine. with help from Auto express mag I got mine fixed under warranty,however the problem has returned and warranty is expired.Rear wheel bearing failed at 40k miles nissan dealer wanted £140.00 to fit a part that costs about£24.00, local garage did it £50.00 inclusive.
Tyres for 16 inch alloys cost in excess of £100 .00 and only last me just over a year , tyre rated at V (145mph) on a car that would top 107 according to sales blurb. Only tyre made 185/55/16v is by Continental. I would suggest ensuring your car is a lower spec and has 15 alloys -the lower spec allows you tyres from £35.00 a time. The rear light cluster which is bolted on and help by two very strong spring pins would force most people to go to a dealer to change a bulb, absolute nightmare removing covers without damage to either light unit or car bodywork.
Still like car but it may be my last nissan (had Almera & Primera) when I asked Nissan UK customer care (mis-named shower) about tyre speed rating and possibility of alternative sized fitting , the poor response was "talk to service department at the main dealer "- so who designed and specified the car then ?Continental or Nissan.
My first acquaintance with the Nissan Note was on a rental car hire parking lot a few months ago, it was to be my transport for a few days. If we all purchased a car for looks alone I doubt if anyone would even consider this car. I know looks are a subjective matter but no matter which angle I looked at this vehicle is was just.............well, odd.
With its long wheelbase & box shape & those striking 'bug eye' headlamps it was never going to win a beauty contest.
And then there is the name, how many well paid advisors / marketing people came up with the name. Note? Did they pick the names out of a hat? Honestly, I would have thought a company the size of Nissan could have come up with something a little more exciting.
However, this is a car with a purpose & that being transporting a family of five around in space & comfort, because as soon as I stepped inside the car my attitude changed completely.
From its modest outside dimensions, it was like a Tardis inside, loads of room for five people with some clever features. The split rear seat slides forwards & backwards just like a front seat. If you don't need to carry luggage just slide the seat back & rear passengers have an incredible amount of leg room. If you need boot space, slide it forward again & take advantage of a large boot.
Up front there was loads of head room & leg room for front occupants, I counted 13 cubby holes to store all the things we carry around these days including a rather smart bin in front of the passengers front seat, it doubles up as a glove box lid & conceals a large glove box behind. The 'bin' is deep & holds loads of things, just a pity it wasn't lined with rubber as items in it roll around & vibrate on the road.
The dash top featured a hinged lid with a lead & socket for MP3 players which can be concealed form prying eyes when parked.
The dash plastics were a bit hard & plasticky but at least they didn't rattle & everything was built & screwed together very well. This was the basic 1.4 version so it didn't come with air conditioning, electric rear windows, electric mirrors, adjustable steering column, foot rest or even a water temperature gauge. However it have a decent radio/CD, electric front windows, keyless entry & power steering.
In all fairness to Nissan they have done their best to avoid the Note looking too boxy, they have achieved that by curving the side windows at the rear & by fitting the rear lamps on the roof, little things like this do make a difference.
It's easy to get comfortable inside as the seats are of a decent size & comfort. Start it up & the engine noise is well suppressed, the gear change is cable operated & very slick indeed with a smooth & light clutch pedal.
Performance was very brisk for such a small engine & it kept up with motorway traffic without any problems at all. Brakes were sound & progressive giving the driver a feeling of confidence as was the steering & suspension. Personally I found the electronic power steering a little too light at parking speeds but perfect at higher speeds.
At speed the engine noise remained well suppressed & this was a car you could cover long journeys with without feeling too stressed out.
Some things to note (no pun intended) the Nissan Note came with four air bags, four clever hooks in the boot for storing loose items, decent sized cup & bottle holders & a neat fuel flap release next to the bonnet release. They even put an arrow next to the fuel gauge so you know which side the fuel filler is on.
First impressions of the Note was the looks put me off but once I drove it I felt this was car I could take to very quickly. Its roomy, reasonably well equipped, returned decent fuel consumption figures, drives well & has many clever features & with Nissan's reputation for reliability it won't break very often. It's also British, made in Tyne & Wear. Just a shame about the name.
The Nissan Note has recently been upgraded to the new 08/09 model, with new names for the level of trim. These are the basic model Visia (£9900), the mid range Acentra (£1100) and the top of the range Tekna (£1200) [These are rough list prices as a guide but are not accurate]. The model we went for was the mid range Acentra, that provided more than the baisics but not the equipment that was not necessary or would not be used.
The Nissan Note is from the joint association and partnership between Nissan and Renault, therefore similarties can be seen between the Note and the Renault Modus in the shape and design. Another striking feature of the Note is the resembalense between the Note and its sister car the Nissan Micra. The Note and the new Micra share a number of features on both cars such as the interior and the front end shape and design. This is why both can be mistaken for each other, but the end of bonnet back the difference can be seen with an MPV shape.
Obviously the model type determins the level of quality and the equipment on the car. The baisc equipment that is included on all models including the Visia is a CD, electric front windows and the moving back seat (Which I will touch upon later). The level I would advise is the Acentra level which we purchased. At this level the car includes air conditioning, electric front and back windows, electric mirrors, 15" alloy wheels, bluetooth, aircraft style food trays for the back passengers and steering wheel controls for the stero, dash display and mobile phone via bluetooth; also included in the car we bought was UV ray protected tinted windows. Items included on the Tekna are fully blacked out rear windows, a six disk CD playe, heated wing mirrors and one or two other items. Items that have now been included on all new 2009 version cars from the Acentra up is crusie control and speed limiter.
The reason that I would recommend the Acentra over the other models is the level of interior quality is equal to that of the Tekna but more than the Visa while not having the unneeded equipment on the Tenka, that in my own opinion are not needed and can be done without.
Within the Acentra the level of comfort we feel is high, but this is incomparison to to an S reg Ford Fiesta. One of the best qualities of the Note is the amount of space that is provided. This is provided in the rear of the car by the entire back seat being able to slide backwards and fordwards depending on the amount of leg space needed and space in the boot. When pushed far back there is enough space for a tall perosn to sit in the back, I am over six foot and still have about half a foot to a foot of space before the front sheets. Even when fully pushed forward there is enough space for me to sit, or the space is equivilant to a 4th generation Fiest or a last generation Renault Clio. Also the high to the roof of the car is enough for a person that is over 6 foot tall.
The boot in the Note when the rear sheets are pushed backed is small length wise incomparison to other such as the Fiesta, but this has been resolved by the depth of the boot. The boot is deep and can be split into to two levels with two boards that are provided, each covers half the boot space, which is of great use.
In the front of the car, the instrumentation has again been transplanted from the Micra, with all instruments within easy reach for the driver to use.
There are three engine levels that Nissan offer, the 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines and a 1.5 diesel. The engine that we chose was the 1.4, as this was the most economical petrol engine and hence value for money for the power provide from the engine. The 1.6, as been described by some people that we asked that had purchased the 1.6 is that is low miles per gallon and at the high rev range noise, especially doing 70 mph on the motorway. The 1.5 is economic compared to the petrols but lack in power in comparison to the petrol engines.
In terms of ride quality of the Note, I believe it is high, although I have noticed a caveat to this. The quality does slighty diminish when at slow sheets, below 20 mph and the road is of poor quality the ride can get bumpy. When on the motorway the ride quality is perfect, but due to its tall ride high, if the conditions of very strong wind the driver can feel the wind against the car. But I must stress this is almost minimal and does not affect the ride quality, unles the wind is extremely strong.
There are a range of colours that are avaliable to purchase. The colour that we liked was the Sunlit Copper, this is a burnt orange colour that we have found is almost universally liked by all, both young and old.
I would recommend the Nissan Note as a well built car that is ideal for both young and older families. But there are one or two caveats that I would advise, this is the tyres that are fitted to the car. Go for a 15" set not a 16", as the 16" wheels are hard to obtain and are not the cheapest to purchase; while the 15" are easy to source and purchase. I would advise the purchase of the Acentra model to enjoy a good comfort level. Another point to consider is the Note does not keep its value well, so should therefore be considered as long term purchase rather than short term. But this can also work in you favour as it did for us, as we picked up a 1 year old Note for half the list price for a low or near new milage car.