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Used Nissan Note

It may look small, but the Note is a spacious and practical MPV that is perfect for young families

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Used Nissan Note For Sale

In production between 2012 and 2017, the Nissan Note made a name for itself as a small MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) that was big on practicality.

Despite the SUV craze being in full-effect, the Note is a good choice for families who need the extra room, but don't want to stray too far away from a regular hatchback. It may look compact on the outside, but Nissan have maximised the cabin space with a number of useful features.

So, why consider a Nissan Note? Here's some brief reasons:

  • Small package, but big inside
  • Easy to drive
  • Affordable to run
  • Impressive boot size
  • Frugal engines

Engines and Driving Experience

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Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Note is easy to navigate around suburban areas, while manoeuvring in tight spaces is aided by the light steering and clutch. The ride feels a little firmer than a regular hatchback, but it does help reduce body roll (a common issue with taller MPVs). Ultimately, this makes the Note feel more planted on B-roads.

An entry-level 1.2-litre kicks off the range of petrol engines, but with 79bhp it's best reserved for city dwellers; at least it'll achieve up to 60.1mpg though. Next up is another 1.2-litre, but this one recruits a supercharger to take power up to 97bhp. This unit offers a more linear power delivery, yet returns up to 65.7mpg. It's also the only engine that's available with a CVT automatic gearbox.

The Note is well-suited to the sole 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 89bhp. It feels punchy from low in the rev-range and makes a capable cruiser on A-roads. In addition, it'll return close to 80mpg with little effort.

Practicality and Running Costs

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The Note is a very practical car despite its humble size compared to large SUVs, such as the Qashqai. A tall roofline means there is plenty of head room for the majority of adults, while the rear bench can slide forwards and backwards in the Acenta Premium model, ensuring leg room is equally generous.

Every note boasts 5-doors as standard, making it easy to gain access to the rear of the car. ISOFIX anchor points feature on the outer seats in the back, which are essential for safely fitting a child's seat. Boot space is respectable at 381 litres (1,465 litres with rear seats folded), plus the addition of an adjustable false floor does make life easier for young families with pushchairs.

Occupying insurance groups between 10 and 15 (50 is the highest), the Note shouldn't make your premiums too dear. Fixed price servicing and maintenance is available through our authorised Evans Halshaw Nissan retailers.

Interior, Technology and Safety

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There isn't anything revolutionary about the Note's cabin, but it feels well-bolted together and soft touch plastics feature in all the right places. Cruise control, remote central locking and USB connectivity are standard across the range. In addition, each car comes with a stereo that is complemented by four speakers; although higher spec models get six.

If you want luxuries such as satellite-navigation and climate control, then you'll need to go for the Acenta Premium. Keyless entry and start, 16-inch alloy wheels and part-leather seats all feature on the range-topping Tekna models.

The Note has excellent levels of safety equipment, with the following technologies available:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind spot assistance
  • Moving object detection
  • Nissan Safety Shield (360-degree camera that helps with parking)

Is the Nissan Note right for me?

There's no denying the popularity of SUVs, but the Note is an MPV that makes a lot of sense if you aren't after something that large, but need the added practicality. With efficient engine choices and decent levels of equipment, the Note makes an affordable family car that is worthy of consideration.

MPVs aren't the most common cars these days. However, there are still rivals to have a look at. The Kia Venga is another good all-rounder, which has a bigger boot. If you want more comfort, then check out the Hyundai ix35. And if all else fails, why not consider a Nissan Juke?

Why purchase a used Nissan Note through Evans Halshaw?

At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.

All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.

If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw retailer, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.