What started back in 2004 in Japan is now widespread across the globe. Nissan’s mini MPV is called Versa Note in the States and it only just started in world’s busiest market. The 2016 Nissan Versa Note won’t be changed at all since it’s still a fresh addition to the market and manufacturer is still to evaluate its sales and potential.
No matter which trim level you choose, there’s no chance on avoiding the only available 1.6L 4-cylinder engine which makes 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. However, there is a way to avoid the base 5-speed manual transmission if you choose to go with any but entry-level model. This means that pretty much most of the lineup gets CVT gearbox and all the benefits that go with it. New Note might be slow and uninspiring or not very fun to drive, but after all, that’s not why it was made.
One only needs a glance at it in order to see how handsome this Nissan’s MPV hatchback is. Frontal fascia is rather low and curved towards the ground, while upright bumper and laid-back headlamps fit the picture well. Midsection reveals mid-sized D-pillars which won’t give you many problems since rear end has rather large tailgate and rear window. Rear segment also features in some way awkward tail-lights of considerable size which are trying to blend in perfectly with curves and creases.
Interior is neatly designed in order for 2016 Nissan Versa Note to offer as much room as it can. This isn’t exactly the biggest vehicle you can find on the roads, but it does a good job carrying people around. All available models offer some kind of affordable upholsteries. Whether it’s base or upgraded cloth, or maybe premium sport synthetic suede with orange accents and stitching available in newest addition to the lineup SR model; it doesn’t matter. You won’t get leather anywhere near the car, and you can forget luxurious accents as well. Still, busy control panel houses optional 5.8-inch color touch screen display beginning from SR grade. It needs to be mentioned, however, that even top, SL grade doesn’t get this feature as standard. Safety features are rather standard for this vehicle’s niche. Apart from all mandatory options, you’ll get a rearview monitor or even around view monitor on top grades.
We have already mentioned CVT transmission’s benefits and they mostly count in fuel efficiency department. With this type of transmission we are getting 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with it, while manual gearbox takes a healthy chunk out of these figures since it returns the figures of 27/36 mpg. That’s four points in both categories which is quite a toll.
Base S model with manual transmission only costs $14,180, first one with CVT transmission is S Plus version that is priced at $15,430 and even top grades aren’t expensive as they cost around $18,600. When we take a look at what we are getting from new Versa Note it is quite obvious that it is made mostly for those drivers that are just entering these waters and need small, affordable and fuel efficient vehicle. This role is executed almost perfectly by contender from Nissan.
2016 Nissan Versa Note Release Date
The 2016 Nissan Versa Note does a solid job in people moving even though it’s rather small for an MPV. It does better job still in fuel economy department as it even puts most of compact hatchbacks and sedans alike to shame. Things that we certainly would like to see upgraded in this vehicle are related to comfort and equipment in it, for example leather upholstery is not available. We are fully aware that this would increase the price but still it would be nice to have it at least as an option. Since there will be no significant changes 2016 Note will be available in dealerships from fall of this year.