At first glance, the used Nissan Note appears to be the automotive equivalent of stale wholemeal bread - dry and unappealing.
At first glance, the used Nissan Note appears to be the automotive equivalent of stale wholemeal bread - dry and unappealing. However, once you slide inside it becomes obvious that the Note is actually a hearty all day breakfast. So, why does this quirky little run-around taste so good? The Note, like dozens of other Japanese vehicles, is extremely well built and likely to be going strong years after the pyramids turn to dust. This is evident partly from its mechanical and electrical robustness, but also from the rugged interior. These characteristics complement the Note's safety features that, in 2006, earned it four out of five Euro NCAP safety stars. Wannabe owners can choose from four engines, two petrol and two diesel. The 1.4-litre 86bhp petrol and 1.5-litre 84bhp diesel variants reach 60mph in roughly 13 seconds, and average 47-65mpg respectively. By contrast the 1.6-litre 108bhp petrol hits 60mph in 10.4 seconds but only manages 42mpg. However, I would choose the 1.5-litre 103bhp diesel as it averages 55mpg and hits 60mph in a respectable 10.7 seconds. These engines complement the Note's handling that is confidence inspiring, precise, and surprisingly enjoyable. Now, let's consider the Note's trump card – practicality. As well as offering its occupants plenty of interior space, the Note's rear seats slide forward and backwards to alter the balance between leg room and luggage capacity. These seats also fold flat to increase boot space to 1,332 litres. Another handy feature is the removable 'flexi-board' that conceals a hidden storage compartment at the base of the boot. This board is also double sided with carpet on one surface and an easy clean plastic covering on the other. The latter is very handy for muddy boots, wet dogs, and the aforementioned loaf of stale wholemeal bread. So, how much will you have to pay to buy a used Nissan Note? According to Motoring.co.uk's used car database, this versatile little run-around is available from only £5,000. Not bad for a reliable, capable, and likeable small vehicle.
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