The Nissan Note is the latest car to offer a model – the 1.5dCi – emitting 119g/km CO2, which translates to 62.8mpg – and road tax of just £35 per year.
Even the 1.4 petrol version can manage 47.9mpg, with 139g/km of CO2. Any Nissan vehicles with a CO2 level of below 140g/km means they carry the ‘Pure Drive’ badge.
As well as becoming cheaper to refuel, the price of the Note has also come down. The entry level Visia is £450 less than the outgoing model, at £9,795.
The Note is also 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 BluetoothŽ using A2DP streaming audio profile. A2DP allows music to be played through the car audio taken from your BluetoothŽ-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 the top of the range Tekna model and as a £400 option on the Acenta.
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. The Tekna gets reversing sensors incorporated into the bumper.