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Used 2019 Nissan Versa Note S Hatchback Review


Edmunds Summary Review of the 2019 Nissan Versa Note S Hatchback

What’s new

  • Increased availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Part of the first Versa Note generation introduced for 2014

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy interior with an adult-friendly back seat
  • Affordable base price
  • Clever cargo space
  • High fuel economy
  • Slow acceleration and lackluster handling
  • Noisy engine doesn't sound very refined
  • No telescoping steering wheel
  • Low-quality interior materials


Which Versa Note does Edmunds recommend?

The Versa Note S is the least expensive of the bunch, but its manual windows and underwhelming interior underscore its bargain-basement price tag. For not much more, the SV adds nicer interior materials and power accessories. You can also add the reasonably priced SV Special Edition package, which bolsters the Note with alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Full Edmunds Review: 2019 Nissan Versa Note Hatchback

Vehicle overview

Buyers expect more from their cars than ever before, and even subcompacts are starting to shed the econobox reputation. The 2019 Nissan Versa Note is something of an outlier, then. The tide was starting to shift by the time Nissan introduced the Versa Note in 2014, and minor additions throughout the years have done little to improve its standing.

There is one change that makes the 2019 Nissan Versa Note slightly more appealing than in previous years. A new 7-inch touchscreen is standard on every model, and some trims even feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It's a welcome addition, and an acknowledgment that today's shoppers — especially young buyers — expect more tech features. But we encourage shoppers to consider rivals given the Versa Note's deficiencies in performance, comfort and utility, as well as its lack of advanced driving aids.

2019 Nissan Versa Note models

The 2019 Nissan Versa Note is a subcompact hatchback that seats five and is offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SR. It's powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (109 horsepower, 107 pound-feet of torque), routed through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) on the way to the front wheels.

Standard feature highlights for the base S trim include 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power mirrors, a tilt-only steering wheel, intermittent wipers, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth phone integration and music streaming, a hands-free text messaging assistant, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port and auxiliary audio input.

The SV trim adds remote locking and unlocking, cruise control, power windows and locks, upgraded gauges, chrome interior trim, upgraded cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an adjustable cargo floor.

The top-of-the-range SR trim adds such features as sporty exterior treatments, 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, keyless ignition and entry, a vehicle immobilizer system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert system (which beeps when the correct pressure has been reached), a sport steering wheel, simulated suede upholstery and a center rear armrest.

Some of the SR's convenience features can be added to the SV model via the SV Special Edition package. Notable dealer-installed accessories include floor mats, a cargo cover, a rear spoiler, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a premium speaker system.

Driving

With a meager 109-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a nontraditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) and uninspiring handling, the Versa Note offers little in terms of performance. This is strictly a point A to point B car with minimal entertainment in between.

Comfort

The Versa Note is plagued by below-average seat comfort, a jittery ride and plenty of wind, road and engine noise. It's not a comfortable vehicle.

Interior

A few clever and unexpected measures offset the usual subcompact interior qualities and drawbacks. The Versa Note SV's materials are notably better than those on the lower trim level, but they're not much better than average for the segment.

Utility

Cargo space behind the rear seats is about average for the class but small when it comes to maximum capacity. The rear seats do fold flat, and the multi-adjustable cargo floor could prove useful.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2019 Nissan Versa Note in Virginia is:

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