According to Nissan, it engineered the second generation of the Note in Europe for Europe. Technical goodies are packed in aplenty in the sporty hatch - to guarantee carefree city driving.
It's based on the Renault Clio's platform, points out car tester Carola Simons - a product of close collaboration with the French car maker.
Visually, it strikes a decidedly new note. The contours swing down under the grille and emblem, flanked by multi-reflector headlights. The bug-eyed daytime running lights lend the Note an almost playful air. The elegant flowing contours and the windows swept up toward the rear give it a dynamic, sporty look.
The All Round Monitor works with four separate cameras: one in front, one behind and two on the sides. There are blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems - plus another assist that spots moving objects when reversing. Together they comprise Nissan's very own 360° Safety Shield.
But the Nissan Note does well enough driving around town.
Three engines are available: two gasoline-powered and one diesel. This model puts out 59 kilowatts of power, and fuel consumption is rated at 4-point-7 liters per hundred kilometers. It can zip along country highways at a top speed of 170 kilometers per hour, and makes the dash from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 13-point-seven seconds.
The interior emphasizes ease of operation and... simplicity. A nice detail is the Eco-button. Pressing it brings up the Eco-Meter in the speedometer. It's supposed to motivate the driver to drive more fuel-consciously.
The Note's rear bench has sufficient room for passengers and a bit of extra cargo. But the bags can just as easily go into the trunk. The double-decker configuration can expand the storage volume from 325 to 411 liters.
In terms of safety the Note is an innovator. The Safety Shield, however, only enters the picture with the mid-range equipment levels, and costs around twelve hundred euros extra.