Buyers looking for a small hatchback have no shortage of choice, but for who need an affordable, fuel-efficient option with plenty of interior space, the Versa Note could be a good fit.
For 2017, the Versa Note has been updated with new exterior styling that features a revised front grille sporting Nissan's V-Motion chrome grille, giving the little hatchback a similar look to other members of the Nissan family. The front bumper has also been restyled with a new lower valance, while the rear bumper from last year's sporty SR trim is now featured as standard on all trims.
The updated Note also receives new wheel designs, with restyled wheel covers for the base S trim, newly standard aluminum wheels for the mid-grade SV, and a new wheel design for the SL. A couple of new colours also join the range: Monarch Orange, Deep Blue Pearl, and Coca Embers.
Interior changes for the '17 Versa Note focus on functionality over design. Heated seats are now standard on the mid-grade SV and the sporty SR trim levels, while all trims receive larger cupholders. On models with USB audio input, the port has been relocated to a more convenient position at the front of the centre console, while SV and higher trim levels get a second 12-volt power outlet.
Though its exterior dimensions are small, the Versa Note's long wheelbase offers plenty of rear-seat legroom and can easily accommodate four tall adults. The Note's cabin design is fairly simple, though the sporty SR grade adds more flash with microsuede-upholstered sports seats, and a thick-rimmed steering wheel similar in design to the one featured on the Nissan 370Z.
Most trim levels receive a small touchscreen display audio system with a reverse camera; the top-of-the-line SL gets navigation with Nissan's signature Surround View 360-degree parking camera, a unique feature that makes parking in the tightest of lots a snap. While the Note offers USB audio connectivity, integrated in-car apps, and Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone interfaces such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.
While the Note doesn't have the biggest cargo hold in its class, it’s near the top of the class, offering more space than the Ford Fiesta or Hyundai Accent. Certain trim levels feature the Divide-N-Hide adjustable cargo floor, which allows slim objects to be hidden away out of sight while retaining floor space for bigger objects. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard, though the rear seats do not fold flat.
The Versa Note is powered by a simple 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. What it lacks in power, Nissan makes up for in fuel economy, where it consumes as little as 7.5 L/100 km city and 6.0 L/100 km highway when equipped with the optional CVT. A five-speed manual transmission is standard equipment on the S and SV trim levels; the CVT is optional on the S and SV, and standard on the SR and SL.
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