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Nissan note ireland review

Nissan Ireland have just launched their all-new Note alongside a revamped Micra, with more than a hint of excitement on the arrival next year of a new Qashqai, a new X-Trail, with crossover DNA, and a C-Segment hatchback to rival the Focus-Golf brigade.

This all-new Note is visually far removed from the boxy Note of old, its new face and rear light clusters giving it a more contemporary eye-easy look. If the outside look is lifted, then the inside is a whole new world. It is airy and much more inviting than that of the previous, the amount of tech available enough to please all generations.

The Note enters the small car segment against some fiery company, Ford’s Fiesta, Peugeot’s new 208, VW’s Polo, Toyota’s Yaris and their own rejuvenated Micra. Nissan Ireland are hopeful of selling 1,000 units in 2014, the vast majority of which will be petrol models, with some 15% in diesel.

Buyers can choose from 3 grades; XE, SV and SVE. XE comes with:

  • 6 Airbags
  • Cruise Control
  • Central Locking
  • 15” Steel Wheels
  • Electric Front Windows and Door Mirrors
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Ecometer and Start/Stop System
  • Manual Air-conditioning
  • CD Player
  • Bluetooth
  • USB Port
  • 16” Alloys (1,2L Supercharged only)
  • Electric Rear Windows
  • Heated Door Mirrors,
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Control
  • Auto Air-conditioning
  • Nissan Connect
  • Around View Monitor (AVM)
  • Intelligent Key
  • Family Pack
  • Front Fogs
  • Part Leather Trim
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Automatic Wipers.

Bringing premium car safety tech into the small car cityscape, the Note comes with the optional Nissan City Shield - which links three safety systems, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection. And there is also the advanced around view monitor which gives a 360 bird's eye view when parking, which when you consider the environs where this car will be used, schools, sports venues, supermarkets and other places congregates by children, is nigh on a must have.

  • A 3 cylinder 1.2 Litre Petrol, 80 HP, 108 NM Torque, Co2 emissions of 109 g/km (Tax Band A3; €190).
  • 4-cylinder, 1.2 Litre DIG-S Petrol, 95 HP with 142 NM of Torque, Co2 emissions of 99 g/km (Tax Band A2; €180)
  • 4 cylinder 1.5 Litre dCi, 90 HP, 220 NM of Torque, Co2 emissions of 95 g/km (Band A2; €180). This won’t be here until November.

A cross-country drive in the 1.2, 3-cylinder Note proved it to be competent enough for the motorways, the urban and the back roads of Glassan. It does need to be encouraged through the gears to get up to motorway speeds, but is willing throughout. Inside, all is roomy, quiet and the cabin is well appointed and clear. The Ecometer shows a green hue just over the clock console, reminding you subtly to behave.

My test car was also fitted with Lane Departure Warning Blind Spot Warning and making use of four cameras, the Note providing a helicopter view parking aid, Around View Monitor, delivering to the driver a birds-eye view of their car on the 5.8-inch dashboard mounted screen. This displays a full, virtual 360-degree view around the car, taking the worry out of manoeuvres, particularly where vulnerable pedestrians may be around.

The new Nissan Note is far removed from the previous, in how it drives, how it looks and how it now sits technically within its segment. It has all the talent to attract conquests from other brands and also lower the age profile of its customer base. Roll on 141.