Nissan Note mini MPV

The Nissan Note aims to combine the running costs and fun drive of a supermini like the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo with the practicality of a much bigger car. The Note manages this very well, with a range of frugal petrol and diesel engines giving it great economy, while in the back with the seats down there is over 2,000 litres of space – that's more than the much larger Ford S-MAX. While it's not as fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, it's certainly better than the old Note and is more fun than a big MPV. Entry-level Visia models don’t get the sliding rear seats and moveable boot floor, so our choice would be the flexible and frugal Acenta Premium version with the 1.5-litre diesel engine.