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2009 (59) Nissan Note 1.4 Acenta 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth phone integration systemChrome surround combimeter
Cruise control + speed limiterDigital clock
Digital trip meterElectric speed sensitive power steering
Headlamp on reminderIntegrated Driving computer
Service interval indicator 

Entertainment

6 speakersRadio/CD
Steering wheel mounted controls 

Exterior Features

Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour door mirrorsBody colour side mouldings
Electric front windowsElectric heated door mirrors
Electric rear windowsFriendly lighting system
Front fog lampsHeadlamp levelling
High gloss black front grilleRear wiper
Two speed wiper with variable intermittent 

Interior Features

3 rear head restraints60/40 split sliding rear seats
Acenta cloth trimCentre console storage
Driver's seat armrestDriver's seat height adjustment
Flexiboard boot storage systemFront cabin and boot lamps
Front passenger underseat storage trayFront seat back fold out tables with cupholders
Front seat backrest storage netsFront seatback pocket
GloveboxIsofix child seat preparation
Manual air conditioningPollen filter
Rear cabin lampRear centre armrest
Sport leather steering wheelTilt adjustable steering wheel

Passive Safety

3 point seatbelts on all rear seatsABS with Brake Assist
Active front headrestsChildproof rear door locks
Curtain airbagsDriver and passenger airbags
Passenger airbag cut-off deviceSide airbags

Security

Engine immobiliserRemote central door locking

Wheels

15" 6 spoke alloys wheelsSpace saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.448CO2 (g/km)139
HC0.055Noise Level dB(A)71
NOx0.043Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1386Compression Ratio9.9:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)73Cylinders - Stroke (mm)82.8
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)47.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)55.7EC Urban (mpg)38.7

General

Badge Engine CC1.4Badge Power88
Coin SeriesAcentaGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 14Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0710E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.4
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.2Service Interval Mileage12500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)13.4Engine Power - BHP88
Engine Power - KW65Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5200Engine Torque - LBS.FT94
Engine Torque - MKG13Engine Torque - NM128
Engine Torque - RPM3200Top Speed101

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front175/65 R15Tyre Size Rear175/65 R15
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style6 SPOKE
Wheel Type15" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1550Length4100
Wheelbase2600Width1691

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)46Gross Vehicle Weight1546
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1332Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)437
Max. Loading Weight454Max. Roof Load50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked760Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked510
Minimum Kerbweight1092No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Nissan Note

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

The Nissan Note is one of those cars that doesn't ever elbow its way to front and centre in order to gain attention but owners will attest to the fact that it's a vehicle that just works. There's little that's glamorous, exciting or which will elicit covetous glances from your neighbours but sometimes what you need is something utterly dependable, wholly practical, incredibly easy to drive and which serves to make the business of buying and running a car as painless as possible. The Note is that car and it's why with a relatively low key marketing push it's become one of Nissan's best-selling vehicles in the UK. Here's how to track down a used one.

History

No, your eyes do not deceive you. We're starting the clock on this used test in 2009, fully three years after the Note was first launched in the UK because the model we're looking at here is the updated car which was launched in mid 2009 and which incorporated a suite of changes not only to the styling but also to equipment provision and also to the efficiency of the powerplants. Revised gear ratios boosted fuel economy and improved emissions of the 1.4 and 1.5dCi models. Further incremental improvements were visited upon the car's emissions for the 2011 model year petrol-engined Notes which became fully compliant with the Euro 5-emissions requirements. The styling changes are the key clue-in that you're looking at one of the facelifted cars. Look for a chrome strip running along the bottom of the front grille beneath the big Nissan badge. You can't rely on the trim levels as the old S, SE and SVE trims were replaced by the more lifestyle trim levels that were being rolled out across the Nissan range back in 2009. In 2013 an all-new Note was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, bringing a more dynamic looks and feel to the model.

What You Get

One interesting but useless nugget of information is that this car was designed by Toyota - Taiji Toyota that is - one of Nissan's most talented stylists. He's done a good job too, managing to avoid the formulaic box-on-wheels shape that afflicts some of the Nissan Note's contemporaries. On paper, this car is roughly equivalent in size to its immediate rivals at just under four metres long, 1.53m high and 1.69m wide. In the metal however, it appears lower and longer with minimal rear overhang and quite a pronounced nose protruding at the front. The facelifted model we're looking at here got a 2009 package of tweaks including a reshaped bumper and bonnet, revised headlights and a shiny black front grille. At the back, compared to the original Note, the tail lights are darker and models with parking sensors got them incorporated more neatly into the bumper. It's on the inside, however, where owners of the original 2006 to 2009 Note model will notice the most significant changes. After that date, all models got better-quality, soft-touch interior plastic and mildly redesigned instrument graphics. As ever, the interior feels very spacious and that's in no small part down to the fact that the wheelbase of 2.60m is longer than that of theoretically roomier cars like the Volkswagen Golf. This available space can be optimised between luggage and rear passengers with the aid of a sliding rear bench seat as well as the usual folding arrangement. Cup holders, bag holding hooks and umbrella stowing points also hint at the Note's attention to detail. There's room in the glovebox for up to nine cans of drink and original owners could opt for a connection through from the air conditioning system to keep them cool. As before, this Note is squared-off at the rear with the natural roofline taking an unusual last-minute jerk upwards to maximise cargo capacity in the back. Raise the rear hatch and, if the original owner has ticked the right box, you can check out what remains the Note's most interesting feature, the optional split level Flexi-Board luggage bay. Here, twin steel-framed boards cover an additional stowage space beneath the floor which is ideal for stowing valuables. With the rear seats in place, there's 280-litres of luggage space. Slide the rear seat forward (it has a 160mm adjustment) and lower the luggage boards into the well, and you get an extra 100-litres, giving a total load space of 437-litres. Fold the rear seat and 1332-litres is on offer.

What to Look For

There really is very little to report here. The Note is a very reliable car and runs on mainly tried and tested mechanicals. Check for parking damage and ensure the car has a full Nissan service history and buy with confidence. The original warranty was a three year one, so cars out of warranty should make decent bargains as owners trade in for newer tackle. According to Which?, the Note is the 10th most reliable car you can buy in the UK.

Replacement Parts

(Approx. values for a 2009 Note 1.4) A clutch assembly will be around £195 and front brake pads are around £45; it's around £40 for the rear set. An alternator should be close to £250 and a radiator around £175.

On the Road

Try and imagine a GTi hot hatch version of the Note. You can't can you? And that's just the point. Giving a car like this a powerful engine or stiff suspension would be as pointless as giving a fish legs. It's not what it's about. Still, the Note always feels highly nimble on the road with ride firm enough to resist roll and steering that's light but accurate. It's perfect for buzzing through the city streets and it inspires confidence thanks to good all-round visibility and a tight turning circle. If you really value syrupy, supple suspension, one of the Note's rivals may be a better option but otherwise, this Nissan should suit its intended buyers pretty well. Three main engine choices are offered, all shared with the model that at launch was this car's arch-rival, the Renault Modus. Low mileage buyers will choose between a 87bhp 1.4-litre and 108bhp 1.6-litre powerplants, but those who might want to take their Notes further afield may want to consider the improved diesel engine, a 1.5-litre dCi common rail unit borrowed from the Micra range with 85bhp on tap. In the unlikely event that you fancy giving some teenager a run for his money away from the lights in your Note, the 1.4-litre car will get to 60mph in 13.1s, the diesel is fractionally slower at 13s and the 1.6-litre petrol takes 10.7s. None of the engines are what you would call quick but they're all more than adequate for everyday driving, with even the 1.4 pulling reasonably strongly through the gears.

Overall

There's so much that can go wrong with buying a used car that many people are completely deterred. The Nissan Note reliability and sheer practicality means that it's a car that you can buy used without too much worry. They're usually owned by mature or family buyers who have the cars diligently serviced. Just as long as you don't chance upon one that's been ravaged by unruly kids or pets, you shouldn't go far wrong here.

Performance
50%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
60%
Build
60%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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