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.
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.