The 2018 Nissan Versa Note may be considered an appropriate hatchback for youngsters or buyers on a tight budget. But among its competitors in a simple subcompact class, the Versa Note will be the last choice for most buyers.
The 2018 Versa Note is slower than its competitors, not too fun to drive and lacks comfort. It does offer generous rear passenger space and smartly designed cargo rooms, but this asset is not enough to get as a strong recommendation. There are many alternatives to check before you choose Versa Notes.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note is a five-passenger, four-door hatchback offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SR.
A standard feature for the base S trim includes 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, air conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth phone integration, and a four-speaker CD player with auxiliary audio input.
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note SV adds remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, cruise control, upgraded cloth upholstery, additional interior trim, upgraded gauges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat with an armrest, an adjustable cargo floor, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth streaming audio, satellite radio, USB-iPod audio input and a hands-free text messaging assistant.
The 2018 Nissan Versa Note SR trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, sporty exterior treatments, foglights, a rear spoiler, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and ignition, a vehicle immobilizer system, simulated suede upholstery, a sport steering wheel, a center rear armrest, Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert system, which beeps when the correct pressure has been reached.
Some features are available as options on lower trim levels.
Powering the 2018 Nissan Versa Note is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sent the power to the front wheel.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Versa Note accelerates from 0 to 60 in 10.4 seconds, which is slow even for an economy hatchback. EPA fuel economy estimates are impressive at 34 mpg combined (31 mpg city/39 mpg highway).
Unlike its expressive exterior, the 2018 Nissan Versa Note cabin is a bit disappointing due to its dull dashboard style and abundance of hard plastic. In addition, the tilt-only steering wheel and the lack of a height-adjustable driver seat on the S trim make it difficult to find a comfortable driving position.
In contrast, the 2018 Nissan Versa Note rear seats provide sufficient headroom and leg room for 6-footer passengers, defeating many subcompact hatchbacks. The cargo space is unfortunately small, only 18.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 38.3 cubic feet with rear seat folded down. However, the available “Divide-n-Hide” adjustable cargo area floor is a cool additional feature on the SV and SR models, allowing thinner objects such as briefcases to be invisible while still providing space for larger objects.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing ranges will start from $15,480 for the base S, $16,380 for the SV and range up to $17,980 for the top-of-the-range SR.