Nissan Note 2013 review
The latest Nissan Note is warmer, but still no hot hatch
Nissan has seriously upped the desirability of the new Note, and this model gives buyers the choice of something a little sportier. Don’t expect to be blown away by the dynamics, though, there’s still a definite focus on comfort here. Still, the Note should be considered for its low running costs and family-friendly dimensions.
The latest Nissan Note claims to be sportier and more desirable than the old car, and this 1.2 DIG-S version shows it means business.
Unlike the naturally-aspirated 79bhp 1.2-litre engine and the 89bhp 1.5 diesel, this 97bhp supercharged version comes with firmer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. Go for the £800 Styling Package, as shown in our pictures, and all of a sudden the Nissan Note 2013 has warm hatch ambitions.
It’s a bit of a shame it doesn’t feel all that quick or different to the standard Note. There’s a little more weight to the steering and it does definitely feel more composed in the corners, but it’s still nowhere near as involving as any Fiesta – let alone one of the sportier Zetec S models. Thankfully the Nissan Note 1.2 DIG-S set-up hasn’t spoiled the supple ride, and you’ll find refinement is pretty good on the motorway, too.
This DIG-S engine is the most powerful in the range and its 0-62mph time of 11.7 seconds is also the quickest. It sounds good and it provides fairly consistent acceleration but it lacks the outright punch you expect from it – the diesel actually feels quicker.
This Nissan Note is still a hugely practical car, though, with fuel economy of 65.7mpg, a 325-litre boot and as much rear legroom as a Ford Mondeo. It’s still not the sportiest car in the world but it’s a stylish and family friendly alternative to the usual supermini suspects.