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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The new Nissan Note received a four star rating in its round of Euro NCAP testing; the same score as the 2006 model.

Anything less than a five star rating is uncommon so it is disappointing to see the Note fall short here, especially as it is designed for families.

Of course it’s not just about laboratory stars when it comes to safety, and Nissan has included a raft of new technology on the Note to make it even safer in the real world. All boast six airbags as standard but opt for Tekna models and you’ll enjoy the firm’s new Safety Shield system too – it remains an option on the mid-range Acenta models.

There’s Blind Sport Warning, whose warning light illuminates then flashes should the driver indicate to pull out into following traffic hidden in their blindspot. And Lane Departure Warning ensures you keep between the white lines of the motorway thanks to a series of beeps and will adjust its sensitivity and actions to the speed the vehicle is travelling at.

With Around View monitor the Note has a rear-mounted camera that helps you park without hitting any obstacles by displaying the view on the car’s 5.8-inch screen. However it also boasts Moving Object Detection so if it sees a child or other car moving towards you while you are reversing your Note it warns you with both visual and audible signs.

And thanks to other cameras the device builds a 360-degree overhead view for a clear indication of what is around the car when manoeuvring at low speeds.

Something of a raison d’etre for this car, Nissan Note practicality is key to its appeal. So while it’s not as much fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta Nissan are directly targeting with this car, it is far more practical.

And this is especially apparent in the rear where the sliding seat bench means buyers can liberate more legroom than a Ford Mondeo, and more crucially a BMW 7 Series. And with that tall roofline, which reminds us more of a small MPV than a regular family supermini, there’s an abundance of headroom too.

That means adults can stretch out behind other adults.

It also means that boot space shrinks though, from 295 litres to 325 litres. Still there’s a handy 30-litre storage area under the bootfloor, which is itself adjustable for height, perfect for keeping under-used but mainstay items in place. And maximising this car’s carrying capacity by folding the rear seats flat offers a van-like 2,012-litres of loadspace to take advantage of.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Nissan Note (13-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Acenta equipment

Acenta standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Acenta optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

Acenta Premium equipment

Acenta Premium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Acenta Premium optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Black Edition optional equipment
None available

N-Tec equipment

N-Tec standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
N-Tec optional equipment
None available

Tekna equipment

Tekna standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Tekna optional equipment
None available

Visia equipment

Visia standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Visia optional equipment
  • Air conditioning

Visia Limted Edition equipment

Visia Limted Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Visia Limted Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Nissan Note (13-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 86%
Child Occupant: 82%
Pedestrian: 58%
Safety Assist: 70%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.