Launch Pad: Nissan Note

Nissan Note (c) Nissan #2
Nissan Note (c) Nissan #2

Nissan’s not really had a proper supermini challenger for a while now, with the Micra slotting more into the city car mold and the previous generation Note marking itself out as a compact MPV.

Given the popularity of this type of vehicle in the UK (the Ford Fiesta has been the best-selling car in Britain for a good few years now, showing the nation loves superminis) Nissan’s decision to morph the next generation Note into a supermini means the established set have some competition on their hands.

That’s because the Note boasts strong practicality and some rather cool features – we’re talking plenty of practicality, CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km and up to 78.5mpg, and some new and interesting tech to the segment, like the firm’s 360-degree around view camera.

Nissan Note (c) Nissan
Nissan Note (c) Nissan

Even though it might still look more MPV than supermini it’s still attractive and distinctive enough for the aesthetics to not put people off – it’s sharp and angular in the right places and nicely compact.

So with the new 2013 Note, it sounds like Nissan could have cooked up a rather convincing recipe. Can it topple the Ford Fiesta from its perch atop the class? Find out in our full first drive review on MSN Cars.


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