First seen at the 2008 Paris motor show, the compact and spacious family car from Nissan is about to grow up, with changes made to the exterior and interior providing a new look with innovative and friendly technology.

Note is the first vehicle in the Nissan range to introduce ‘Nissan Connect' - a 2DIN fully integrated audio and satellite navigation system. It uses a touch screen display for ease of use and a full digital music connectivity package with built in CD/radio, iPod gateway, aux-in (3.5mm jack), USB connection and Bluetooth® using A2DP streaming audio profile. A2DP allows music to be played through your car audio taken from your Bluetooth®-enabled MP3 player or phone without the need for external cables.

The satellite navigation system can display the road map in either 2D or 3D formats and includes both a gyro sensor and speed sensor. These help to quickly identify the direction of travel, which speeds up any re-directions if a turning is missed and adjusts the estimated time of arrival.

Nissan Connect will be fitted as standard on Tekna and as a £400 option on the Acenta but this is not the only change taking place in the interior.

The combi-meter has been redesigned for improved visibility and the interior trims have been changed to give each grade a different feel. The useful flexi-board boot storage system, enabling taller items to be fitted in the boot or allowing items to be stored away out of sight, now has a vertical position to help prevent items moving out of place whilst driving.

Outside the front gets a new nose with a reshaped bonnet, bumper, streamlined headlights and a shiny black finish to the grille. Both 15 and 16 inch alloys are all new designs for the Acenta and Tekna respectively. Move to the rear and the tail lights have been darkened for a more refined look plus the Tekna gets reversing sensors incorporated into the bumper. Completing the new exterior look is an additional colour choice of Safari Gold.

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The engine line-up continues with the proven reliability of the 1.4, 1.6 petrol and 1.5dCi power units. However, improvements to the emission levels have enabled the 1.5dCi to emit a CO2 level of just 119g/km and a pump friendly 62.8mpg. The 1.4 petrol unit produces 139g/km of CO2 with a more than respectable 47.9mpg. And by having a CO2 level of below 140g/km means they join an elite group of Nissan vehicles wearing ‘Pure Drive' badges*. The 1.6 petrol remains available with the choice of both manual and automatic gearboxes.

Revised models with additional equipment normally means a hike in price but not this time, in fact they have been reduced, with the entry level Visia coming in at £450 less than the outgoing model. A 2009 Note can now be yours for as little as £9,795 on the road. It's not short on equipment either as it comes with CD player, MP3 jack, 15 inch wheels, rear sliding seat, front electric windows, four airbags and three rear headrests. Manual air conditioning is available as a £500 option.

Acenta models starts at £11,345 (OTR) for the 1.6 engine and feature 15 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, leather covered steering wheel, speed limiter, flexi-board storage system, front and rear electric windows, remote audio controls, six airbags, Bluetooth® and electric heated mirrors. Nissan Connect, with all the satellite navigation touch screen features, can be added for an additional £400.

Top of the range Tekna comes in at £13,695 (OTR) for the 1.6 power unit and the extra luxury provides Nissan Connect, rear parking sensors, 16 inch alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, part leather seats, electric folding door mirrors, ESP, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers and interior chrome detailing.

The equipment list does not end there as there are a range of accessories that can be used to personalise your vehicle. These include trunk finisher and mirror caps finished in chrome, bonnet deflector, bumper protection kits and tailor made floor mats.

Running costs, security and safety are always a strong consideration for vehicles in this price bracket and Note does not fall short with low insurance groups starting from 4E, or 10E if using the 50 point set, with E standing for ‘exceeding' the security standard set by Thatcham. Plus with a 4 star NCAP rating for adult occupancy you are assured of some of the best protection, should it be required.

NOTE EQUIPMENT LIST

VISIA

5 door, 1.4 litre, 1.6 litre or 1.5 dCi 86 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto (1.6 litre only)

TECHNOLOGY

Friendly lighting system with battery save Tailgate wiper

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Front electric windows Electric speed-sensitive power steering Tilt-adjustable steering wheel Front cabin and boot lamps

HEATING, VENTILATION AND VISIBILITY

2-Speed wiper with variable intermittent setting

INSTRUMENTATION

Combimeter with silver painted dial rings Digital clock Tachometer Digital trip meter Headlamp leveller

SEATING, TRIM AND STORAGE

Anthracite ‘Visia' trim Centre console storage areas 9-litre glovebox Front passenger seatback pocket 3 Rear headrests 40/60 split rear seat

SAFETY

4 Airbags (driver, passenger and side) Passenger airbag cut-off switch ABS with EBD and Brake Assist Halogen headlamps with reminder chime Child-proof door locks ISOFIX childseat anchorage points

SECURITY

Immobiliser Central locking with superlocks Remote keyless entry with anti-hijack feature

STYLING

15" Steel wheels with wheel covers Black door handles and mirrors Black side mouldings Body-coloured bumpers 2-Coat high gloss silver front grille

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT

Single CD radio with 4 speakers MP3 auxiliary jack

OPTIONS AT EXTRA COST

Manual air conditioning with pollen filter Metallic paint

ACENTA

5 door, 1.4 litre, 1.6 litre, 1.5 dCi 86

5-speed manual or 4-speed auto (1.6 litre only)

ADDITIONAL TO VISIA GRADE

TECHNOLOGY

Cruise control Speed limiter

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Rear cabin lamp Rear electric windows Driver seat armrest

HEATING, VENTILATION AND VISIBILITY

Manual air conditioning with pollen filter Electric heated mirrors

INSTRUMENTATION

Combimeter with chrome dial rings Integrated drive computer Steering wheel controls for stereo and drive computer

SEATING, TRIM AND STORAGE

Leather covered steering wheel Anthracite ‘Acenta' trim Secret storage tray under front passenger seat Flexi-board boot storage system Glovebox vent for cooling with air conditioning Height-adjustable driver seat

Family Pack:

- Front seat flexible storage nets

- Front seat foldaway tables with cupholders

- Front and rear centre armrests

SAFETY

Curtain airbags Active front headrests Front fog lamps

STYLING

15" 6-Spoke alloy wheels Body-coloured door handles and mirrors Body-coloured side mouldings

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT

Single CD radio with 6 speakers Audio with Bluetooth® compatibility

OPTIONS AT EXTRA COST

Nissan Connect Metallic paint

TEKNA

5 door, 1.6 litre, 1.5 dCi 86

5-speed manual or 4-speed auto (1.6 litre only)

ADDITIONAL TO ACENTA GRADE

TECHNOLOGY

Nissan Connect Rear parking sensors Rain sensing wipers Auto headlamps

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Climate control air conditioning Rear privacy glass Electric folding mirrors

SEATING, TRIM AND STORAGE

Anthracite 'Tekna' part leather sports seats and trim

SAFETY

ESP

STYLING

16" Alloy wheels Part-alloy sports pedals (except on 1.6 litre auto) Sports steering wheel

OPTIONS AT EXTRA COST

Metallic paint

NOTE SPECIFICATIONS

1.4 litre petrol engine

1.6 litre petrol engine

1.5 litre turbo-diesel engine 86

MODEL
Body type

5-door hatchback

Available grades

Visia, Acenta

Visia, Acenta, Tekna

Visia, Acenta, Tekna

Seating capacity

5

ENGINE
Engine code

CR14DE

HR1GDE

K9K 276

No. of cylinders, configuration

4, in line

4, in line

4, in line

Valves per cylinder

4

4

4

Engine capacity cm3

1386

1598

1461

Bore x stroke mm

73.0 x 82.8

78.0 x 83.6

76.0 x 80.5

Max. engine power 1) kW(PS)/rpm

65(88)/5200

81(110)/6000

63(86)3750

Max. torque 1) Nm/rpm

128/3200

153/4400

200/1900

Compression ratio

9.9:1

10.7:1

18.8:1

Fuel type

Unleaded Petrol RON 95

Unleaded Petrol RON 95

Diesel

Ignition system/Intake system (Diesel)

Electronic, distributorless type

Electronic, distributorless type

Turbo-Charger + Intercooler

Fuel supply

Multi point injection

Multi point injection

Common Rail Direct Injection

Emission control system

3-way catalyst

3-way catalyst

Oxidation catalyst

Emissions level

EU4

DRIVE TRAIN
Clutch type (auto)

Dry plate, mechanical

Dry plate, mechanical (Torque converter with lock-up)

Dry plate, mechanical

Transmission (auto)

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

(4-speed automatic)

5-speed manual

Gear ratio 1st (auto)

3.727

3.727 (2.861)

3.727

2nd (auto)

2.048

2.048 (1.562)

2.048

3rd (auto)

1.393

1.393 (1.000)

1.321

4th (auto)

1.097

1.029 (0.697)

0.971

5th (auto)

0.892

0.821 (-)

0.756

Reverse (auto)

3.545

3.545 (2.310)

3.545

Final drive ratio (auto)

3.733

4.067 (4.072)

3.438

Driven wheels

Front

Front

Front

CHASSIS
Suspension Front

Independent MacPherson strut, coil springs

Rear

Torsion beam axle, coil springs

Steering

Electric power assisted rack & pinion

Braking system

Disc front, drum rear, diagonal circuit, power assisted with ABS, EBD and brake assist

Stability control system (option)

-

Tekna only

-

Wheel size (option)

15x5.5 (16x6)

Tyre size (option)

185/65R15 (185/55R16)

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS
Kerb weight min/max 2) (auto) kg

1092/1150

1182/1240 (1206/1252)

1165/1215

Gross Vehicle Weight (auto) kg

1546

1560 (1580)

1610

Max. pay load 2) (auto) kg

396

395 (403)

395

Max. axle weight   front (auto) kg

827

846 (864)

901

rear (auto) kg

793

793 (786)

781

Max. trailer weight  braked 4) (auto) kg

760

1000 (750)

900

unbraked 4) kg

510

510

510

Max. vert. load on coupling point kg

50

50

50

Max. roof load kg

50

50

50

Overall length mm

4100

4100

4100

Overall width mm

1690

1690

1690

Overall height mm

1550

1550

1550

Wheelbase mm

2600

2600

2600

Track  front mm

1470

1470

1470

rear mm

1460

1460

1460

Luggage space – max. length (rear seat back/forward mm

610/770

610/770

610/770

Luggage space – max. width mm

1255

1255

1255

Luggage space - max. height to p/shelf mm

383/604

383/604

383/604

Luggage space – max. height to headlining mm

769/990

769/990

769/990

Luggage capacity (option) (VDA) l

280/437

280/437

280/437

Luggage capacity max. with folded seats

(VDA) l

1332

1332

1332

Cd

0.33

0.33

0.33

Frontal area m2

2.08

2.08

2.08

Fuel tank capacity (N) l

46

46

46

PERFORMANCE
Fuel consumption 3)
Urban cycle mpg (l/100km)

38.7 (7.3)

33.2 (8.5)

55.4 (5.1)

Auto

-

31.0 (9.1)

-

Extra-urban mpg (l/100km)

55.4 (5.1)

51.4 (5.5)

67.3 (4.2)

Auto

-

52.3 (5.4)

-

Combined  mpg (l/100km)

47.9 (5.9)

42.8 (6.6)

62.8 (4.5)

Auto

-

41.5 (6.8)

-

CO2 mass emission (auto) g/km

139

155 (159)

119

Max. speed  mph (km/h)

101 (163)

114 (183)

102 (164)

Auto

-

108 (174)

-

Acceleration 0-62mph sec

13.4

10.7 (11.7)

13.3

Min. turning circle (kerb to kerb) m

11

11

11

1) In accordance with 1999/99/EC

2) Figures in accordance with EC Directive. Kerb weight condition is without driver and including coolant, oils, fuel, spare wheel and tools. Pay load will be reduced depending on the options and/or accessories installed

3) In accordance with 2004/3/EC. (Optional equipment, maintenance, driving behaviour, road and weather conditions may affect the official results)

4) Figures shown are with driver + 4 passengers and luggage and max. kerb weight