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Nissan Note 2013

Releasing in October the new look Note sees Nissan aiming for the super-mini sector over the previous Notes compact MPV. This means Nissan are now targeting after the same space taken by the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo.

The Nissan Note has local roots, being produced at the Nissan factory in Sunderland. The Note launches with a 1.5litre turbo diesel 1.2 litre petrol engines. Both are fast and efficient, with the petrol running with a fuel economy of 65.7mpg and an impressive 78.5mpg on the diesel model. Suspension and handling of the Note is still a strong point, handling potholes with ease, though some slight understeer can be felt when pushing the car hard.

Styling of the Note has been somewhat improved, but overall is somewhat dull with family orientated styling. The wide wheel base of the Note allows for spacious and adjustable seating too, despite its mini MPV status. Collapsible boot allows from 325 up to 411 litres of storage space, an amazing feat for a supermini.

The Nissan Note features all the latest gadgets and technology including GPS, Bluetooth, and USB for plugging your iPod. Intelligent sensors control lights, windshield wipers and air conditioning. The debut of Nissan Safety Shield provides all-round cameras for parking, lane departure, and blind-spot detection. A wash and blow dry feature keeps the all-important rear view camera clean.

The new model Note is improved on older models, but still held back by dull looks and driving experience. The strong suit of spacious interior is kept, but Nissans claim of being a supermini over a compact MPV are hard to believe.