The compact minivan Nissan Note belongs to the class “B”. This is a spacious five-door car, combining innovative style and practicality, but at the same time possessing a sporty character. The European version is produced at Nissan's UK plant. Nissan Note focuses mainly on family people, especially those who need a car that meets the needs of busy everyday life, but who are not ready to part with the feeling of pleasure experienced by driving. Inside, Note has a lot of space thanks to a long wheelbase of 2600 mm. The luggage space can be increased due to the design of the rear seat, which can be completely folded or simply moved forward. At the same time, the luggage compartment is also easily transformed depending on the size and number of transported things, and its volume varies from a minimum of 280 to a maximum of 1332 liters with the rear seats folded. In Russia, Nissan Note is offered in three trim levels: "Comfort", "Luxury" and "Tekna". Standard equipment: headlight washers, electric power steering, auto-dimming inner rearview mirror, electric windows and side mirrors. In the Luxury package, the car is equipped with fog lights, door handles in body color, rain and light sensors; climate control system that uses a sensor in the cabin to automatically maintain the set temperature. One of the most convenient options is an electronic chip key, it allows you to open the doors of the cabin and the luggage compartment, while the Intelligent key system itself recognizes the proximity of the owner to the car. The most expensive Tekna equipment includes 16 ”wheels, leather steering wheel and gear knob, parking sensors, engine start button, parking sensors, folding side mirrors, a cooled glove box, a multifunctional color display with a navigation system. Nissan Note in Russia offers two gasoline engines of 1.4 (88 hp) and 1.6 (110 hp) liters. Cars with a larger engine can be equipped with both manual and automatic transmissions, and the 1.4 engine offers only manual transmissions. Both engines are four-cylinder, in-line, with 4 valves per cylinder, quite economical. The 1.6 engine in the combined cycle has a fuel consumption of 6.6 to 7 liters per “hundred” (depending on the presence of “mechanics” or “automatic machine”), and a 1.5-liter engine has 6.3 liters. Acceleration to 100 km / h, maybe not a fundamental parameter for this car, but quite decent - the most frisky version on the "mechanics" is able to reach this speed in 10.7 seconds.
The front suspension of Nissan Note is independent, such as MacPherson strut, the rear is semi-independent, torsion bar. Actually, the suspension, as well as sound insulation, are not the most “strong” sides of the Note, given the budget class of the car. What not to occupy a car is maneuverability in urban conditions, due to which parking convenience is ensured. The car has a very short rear overhang, but the front is decent, so the bumper should be protected from possible contacts with the curb. In general, the ground clearance looks decent on the numbers (165mm), but with a long base it is not so much.
Safety Nissan Note - at a very high level, especially for post-styling modifications. The car is equipped with ABS, Stability Program ESP, emergency braking assistance (Nissan Brake Assist), two or four airbags, depending on configuration. It is possible to install a child seat using special ISOFIX mounts. It is worth adding here the function of automatically turning on the headlights, active head restraints and a modern shock-absorbing body structure. The car received good results in EuroNCAP crash tests.
Nissan Note, like many of its competitors related to the economy class, is not without some drawbacks. At the same time, the uniqueness lies in the fact that the Note is a great option for an urban environment: convenient, comfortable, compact and at the same time roomy. This car is fully capable of satisfying the needs of a family with a limited budget, especially if we talk about second-hand copies, usually having (given the small age of the generation), good technical condition.