Nissan Note mini MPV

£9,995 - £17,630

The Nissan Note is a small car along the lines of the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo. It is cheap to run and has a practical, spacious interior.

The Nissan has light controls that make it easy to drive and the car has comfortable suspension. Despite this, the suspension does allow to much body lean in corners.

The car gets Nissan's latest engines and no Nissan Note is costly to run. Engine options include two petrols and one diesel. The diesel engine is the one we would go for because it is quicker than the basic petrol, but is very economical and qualifies for free road tax.

Buyers can choose from three trim levels – Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium, and Tekna. The basic Nissan Note comes with a Bluetooth phone connection, cruise control, USB and Aux plugs and keyless entry. It does without air-conditioning, (that's included in the rest of the model range) which some might find annoying omission given the UK's ever-hotter summers.