Hatchbacks have never been a favorite automobile category in the U.S. but Nissan decided to add to the mix by producing this hip, spacious subcompact hatchback. It is cheap and offers value, but do we like it?
The concept of monospace is great; think Renault Twingo, a long-established cousin of the Versa Note, in a way. What you get is a small car on the outside but a lot of space inside, with variable utility due to the sliding and split folding rear seats. No design or performance awards are going to be bestowed on the Nissan Versa Note but those are not the contests it entered; rather, it competes on function and savings. Although our fully-equipped SL trim level metallic blue tester was priced much higher than the base car advertised on the Nissan site at $13,990. At this level, you get most expected creature comforts and convenience with a decent-looking car: 16 inch aluminum-alloy wheels with eight spoke design, fog lights, heated front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio operated from the 5.8 inch color display with navigation, et al. Everyday techno-geeks will be happy with the Google Send-to-Car compatibility, Pandora Radio, streaming audio via Bluetooth and hands-free text messaging assistant. You’ll even get Around View Monitor to help you get in and out of tight spots. So go ahead, be hip, safe and thrifty and board the able Versa Note.
The Nissan Versa Note SV 5-door hatchback is an excellent option for budget-oriented, young, city-dwelling families. But we think there are many more fun ones albeit in higher price ranges.