One of UK Carline’s most popular models in 2015 was the Nissan Note. We organised hundreds of these to be
delivered all over the UK from our Preston offices. Most people don’t realise that this is such a successful model
for British manufacturing since it’s been built at Nissan’s Sunderland factory since 2013.
So what makes a car like this so popular? Probably because it ticks the boxes on so many peoples requirements
when choosing a small car. The car I’ve been testing is the Nissan Note 1.2 Acenta. It has a characterful
three-cylinder engine which is strong enough and also economical. For those wanting more performance or even
more economy then a supercharged petrol engine or a diesel engine are also available.
The Acenta version that I’ve been driving is the next one up in the range from the Visia entry version. With a list
price of £13,620, it certainly offers plenty of equipment for the price-tag including air conditioning, alloy wheels,
privacy glass, cruise control, Bluetooth and keyless entry. One of the most practical features of the Note is also
the sliding rear bench seat which allows you to choose between extra rear legroom or a larger boot capacity.
Together with Nissan’s ‘Flexiboard’ system, this can be used either as a load divider or to raise the height of the
boot floor to create a flat load area with the rear seats folded down. The Note has a boxy design so benefits from
an airy cabin in addition to an above average boot size for this size of car.
The interior or the Nissan Note is best described as clean and functional in design compared to some of it’s rivals
but there isn’t much to complain about the quality of the fit and finish. Sure, some of the interior plastics look a
little cheap and shiny but overall, it’s a pleasant cabin with a comfortable driving position and plenty
of standard equipment.
So is it worth considering? Definitely. It’s practical, safe, well equipped and from a manufacturer
that has a great reputation for reliability. With lease rates from just over £100+VAT per month,
I think we’ll be continuing to deliver these all over the UK in 2016 too!