Designed in Europe and built in Sunderland in the UK, the Nissan Note represents the very best in Japanese engineering and reliability and is packed with the very latest technology and safety features. The Nissan Note is a modern-looking, well-built small car that is marginally bigger than a conventional supermini and offers exceptional space efficiency and flexibility from its well-planned interior. It’s a match for many larger family hatchbacks for passenger space and luggage space, making it an ideal choice for those seeking maximum practicality for their money.

My test car was the Nissan Note SV model, fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine which emits just 109g/km – leading to annual road tax of just €190. This engine produces 80bhp and 110Nm of torque and is capable of a top speed of 170km\h (where permitted), while the 0- 100km/h sprint takes an acceptable 13.7 seconds to complete. With fluctuating fuel prices in Ireland, drivers will be keen to maximize their fuel return and get as much ‘bang for their buck’ as possible. Thankfully, this is an area where the Nissan Note excels. Nissan quote a fuel economy figure of 4.7l/100km (just over 60MPG) on a combined cycle from this 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is very impressive indeed. During my time with the Nissan Note, I can honestly say that I got very close to the quoted fuel economy figure in real-world driving.

There are three specification levels in the Nissan Note range – XE, SV and Black Edition. My mid-spec car came well equipped, with features such as air conditioning, 15” alloy wheels, cruise control with speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring system, six airbags, idle stop start, Bluetooth phone connection, drivers seat height adjustment, front electric windows, electric heated door mirrors, body coloured bumpers & door mirrors, daytime running lights,
ISOFIX child seat points on 2 rear outer seats, split-folding rear seat, remote central locking, ABS & EBD & VDC and a space-saver spare wheel.

The current Nissan Note was introduced in 2013 as Nissan’s small car rival to the highly regarded Honda Jazz. The Nissan Note is priced to compete with supermini’s such as the Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa and Volkswagen Polo but, like the Jazz, has opted for a mini-MPV monobox style. Supermini MPVs like the Opel Meriva and Citroen C3 Picasso are perhaps the Note’s most natural rivals, along with supermini crossovers such as the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Kia Venga and Nissan’s own, big-selling, Juke. The Nissan Note puts its square, tall dimensions to good use with a
practical and user-friendly boot. With the back seats in their rearmost position – giving rear-seat passengers the maximum legroom – it offers 325 litres of space. This extends to a massive 1,495 litres with the rear seats folded.
I was impressed with the Nissan Note’s breadth of abilities and drivers looking for an extremely practical and space-efficient car should take note – literally!! Prices start at €16,945 (ex-works).