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Nissan Note MPV (2012-2017) - Interior & comfort

The Nissan Note interior stays quiet on the motorway and all models are well equipped

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3.5 out of 5

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3.1 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.7 out of 5

The Nissan Note can’t match the quality of the Volkswagen Polo, but it comes with plenty of kit as standard. Ride quality isn't as good as in the old Nissan Note, either, but the latest model does feel more settled at motorway speeds. When cruising, the car's interior is quiet and there's little road or wind noise to be heard.

Nissan Note dashboard

The Note's interior is nice enough to look at and uses some soft-touch plastics. You may have trouble getting comfortable behind the wheel, as it only adjusts up and down, not in and out. And basic Visia models do without a height-adjustable driver's seat. On the plus side it can be moved forwards or backwards quite a lot, so very tall or very short drivers should be okay. Some of the dashboard’s buttons and switches are clear and well positioned, but there are a few you’ll have to reach awkwardly for.

Equipment

Even basic Nissan Notes come with cruise control, USB ports and remote central locking. All models come with a CD stereo you can connect an MP3 player to, Acenta and Acenta Black Edition trims make do with just four speakers, while the higher spec levels get six.

The Acenta has 15-inch alloy wheels and the Acenta Black Edition gets a subtle bodykit. Acenta Premium trim features a sliding rear bench seat and Nissan's sat-nav system, as well as automatic headlights and wipers and climate control.

The n-tec boasts slight exterior tweaks, including 16-inch alloy wheels, silver door mirrors and black headlight bezels, as well as the rear-view camera and the Nissan Safety Shield system, which adds lots of hi-tech accident-prevention kit.

The Tekna and Tekna Style models sit at the top of the range, with keyless entry and start, plus part-leather seats and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Tekna Style features a similar bodykit to the Acenta Style.

Options

Nissan Note buyers could choose from a few option packs depending on their Note's trim level. For example, the Protection Pack (£179) adds luxury interior mats, a boot liner and mudguards and is worth seeking out on used examples.

Technology

The Note’s sat nav screen doesn’t look like anything special, but it’s actually quick at finding destinations and provides clear route guidance once on the move. Searching for points of interest (POI) is simple, while the supplementary dashboard display makes navigating even easier.

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