NEW FOR 2015:
- Air conditioning, Bluetooth, steering wheel stereo controls are now standard
- New SR trim level
- Adjustments to equipment levels
With the arrival of the new entry-level Micra hatchback and the demise of the Versa Sedan, Nissan has adjusted the Versa Note’s equipment levels to reflect its new position in the brand’s product portfolio.
Although the base price goes up by about $1,000 the base Versa S gains Bluetooth and air conditioning as standard equipment plus stereo controls for the steering wheel, and map lights. All models other than the base S get a new instrument cluster, too. Former option packages for the SV and SL are now standard adding competitive levels of equipment and technology.
There’s also a new SR trim level which brings additional visual polish to the Versa Note’s design. The exterior receives a body kit, sport grille, roof spoiler, side mirrors with turn signals, fog lights, and dark-finish headlamps, while the interior gets microfiber suede upholstery with orange stitching and accents, plus a 370Z-inspired steering wheel. It’s a neat looking visual package, but like the Sentra SR, does not offer any additional performance benefits, and can only be had with the CVT transmission.
The Versa Note remains a practical choice for buyers looking for an efficient small car. Its spacious cabin offers plenty of front headroom and rear legroom, and while its rear seats don’t fold completely flat, the trunk space is positively cavernous.
All Versa Notes are powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder motor that develops 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque, and can be paired to either a five-speed manual or a CVT transmission. While you won’t find direct fuel injection, each of the Versa’s four cylinders have dual fuel injectors for greater fuel efficiency.
The Versa Note is available in four trim lines: S, SV, SR and SL.
The Versa Note S comes equipped with 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, four-way manually adjustable front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system with aux-in jack, extending sun visors, four cupholders, door-mounted bottle holders, 12-volt power outlet, driver footrest, front door pockets, cargo area light, front seat map pockets, heated power exterior mirrors, air conditioning, map light, Bluetooth and steering wheel mounted stereo controls.
The SV adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, six-way manual driver’s seat, driver’s arm rest, power windows with one-touch driver’s side, power door locks, keyless entry, illuminated entry, 4.3-inch colour display with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, USB audio port, satellite radio, reverse camera, rear-seat arm rest, Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor and a rear cargo cover.
The SR adds standard CVT, 16-inch split-spoke alloy wheels, sport grille, dark headlight treatment, body kit, fog lights, LED turn signal indicators for the mirrors, rear spoiler, synthetic suede upholstery with contrast stitching, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, rear-seat arm rest with cup holders, flat-blade windshield wipers.
The SL builds on the SV with 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, rear centre arm rest with cupholders, a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment display with navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands-free text message assistant and around-view monitor, USB audio port, satellite radio, Around View monitor, proximity key with pushbutton start, vanity mirrors, and the Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed