Since its inception in 2006, the Nissan Note has gone on to become a highly regarded family car – but its latest incarnation is sure to prove even more popular with buyers due to its low CO2 emissions and enhanced safety features.

Based on the Micra, this five-door hatchback, according to Nissan, is designed to move the company away from the mini MPV sector to compete with the Ford Fiesta’s of the world while retaining the practicality of previous models.

Safety Features

Protecting its reputation of the quintessential family car – and protecting you from accidental bumps or scrapes – the new Nissan Note comes complete with a smorgasbord of safety features one would normally only find on a car double the price. It offers driver a Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning, and an advanced Moving Object Detection system that alerts drivers if a pedestrian somehow makes their way in front of the motor.

These three safety systems use data from a rear wide-view camera, which transmits a clear image, regardless of the weather – rain or snow for British drivers – thanks to a built in wash and blow dry function.

In addition, the new Note offers an Around View Monitor (AVM) to give the driver a ‘helicopter view’ to make parking the car much easier.

Engine options

The Note offers drivers a choice of three engines, with the stop/start function helping to deliver CO2 emissions as clean as 95g/km. Options start at the entry level 1.2-litre, which pumps out 79bhp and boasts a wallet-please 60.1mpg. The 1.2-litre DIG-S, on the other hand, offers 97bhp with an almost unbelievable fuel consumption of 65.7mpg.

For diesel fans, Nissan have engineered a four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo, which generates 88bhp, emits 95g/km of CO2 and will give smiling motorists almost 78.5mpg.

Additional equipment

Available in dealers from October 2013, the new Note comes with the option of three trim grades – Visia, Acenta and Tekna – with all models featuring stop/start technology, six airbags and cruise control. The Acenta trim comes with air-conditioning, Bluetooth and rear electric windows, while the Tekna offers the Safety Shield pack, Around View Monitor, part leather trim and keyless entry.

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