Nissan NOTE 1.2 DIG-S Review
Noted with thanks...

Story and photos by Azfar Hashim
25 Jan 2013

Nissan's compact mini arrives to replace, well, everything else in its segment - but does it have all the right notes?

Introduction, Exterior

This is the new Nissan Note, which is poised to compete and most probably replace (cue drum roll) almost everything else in its class; namely Honda’s Jazz and Volkswagen’s Polo. 

If you were to notice though, this particular compact mini segment has been rather quiet, no thanks to the catastrophic COE that has pushed prices of cars in this class even way above the roof. Case in point, the most basic Chevrolet Aveo5 is hovering just below $130k – you could get a well-spec’d Volkswagen Golf Sport (with spare change) for that price four years ago.

Oh well. Ranting aside, the Nissan Note is now here to not compete, but merely replace the aging-gracefully Jazz and Polo; in a clearer perspective, to represent compact minis in our market.

Let’s begin with the styling. To Nissan’s credit, the Note looks new, vibrant and refreshing. It may not be the prettiest car ever - if you can spend half an hour scrutinizing the car you’ll notice how it has the outline of the Latio Sport – but in an increasingly competitive marketplace, simple good looks are no longer enough.

Character, flair and a kind of palpable practicality matter more. Previously, the March had it – now the Note’s got it too. And although some may opine it has styling more in line with the MPV sector, but to it’s advantage, at least its styling will also likely be perfectly acceptable to the young family with space and practicality high on the agenda.

Nissan obviously spent a fair bit of time coming up with the exterior. The headlamps are cool – like a pair of Pac-mans (remember that?) eating into the grill. So who said the Japanese lack any sense of humour? 

With its rather long wheelbase and stocky stance, the car has just the right amount of decoration. Of the seven colours available, the black here is the least dramatic. The locally fitted bodykit, standard only on the DIG-S variant, gives an additional cool factor to the car for sure, together with that nicely sized roof-mounted spoiler - nothing too monstrous. Those 15-inch alloys, on the other hand, may come across as a little too boyracer; paired to a set of 185/65 R-15 Continental ContiComfortContact-1 and suddenly the Note looks a little odd… 

Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end


Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

A great way to get the best price for your car if it is ready for scrapping or selling. A simple and efficient process which provided the best results within days. Would thoroughly recommend to potential sellers.

Craig Horrigan - 15 hours ago

Agent was quick and prompt. Excellent service

Ho SunYee - 1 day ago

Swiftquote is very efficient and provided a reliable dealer with genuine offer. Transaction completed smoothly and professionally. Thank you SwiftQuote.

Lee Swee Li - 1 day ago

Good service by swiftquote. Received quotation after 1 day and via sms. Another similar site will call you and if they cannot reach you, too bad. Obtained the highest quote compared to other car sites.

Yang Yahui - 4 days ago

Excellent Customer Service Provided by Renai. Will recommend to my friends if opportunities arises. Keep up the Good work SwiftQuote. Whole Process is at my Convenience, smooth and Fast Selling. Marvin Tan

Tan Boon Leong - 6 days ago

Fast and efficient! Quote is above what other dealers quoted and Swiftquote representative is really helpful!

Razif Ali - 1 week ago

Sold my car within a day of contacting Swiftquote with one of the highest price when compared with the quotes from many other dealers. All paperwork were done very quickly and successfully handover within 3 days. Very satisfied with my experience with Swiftquote.

Ng Ser Siong - 1 week ago

Outstanding service and everything went smoothly! 👍👍 thumbs up!

Mohamad Yazmin - 1 week ago

Efficient turnaround with high quality service. Reliable and effective! Keep up the good work

Alfred Premanand Baksi - 1 week ago


Engine Capacity 1198cc
Engine Type Inline 3
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Bore x Stroke (78 ◊ 83.6)mm
Power 77bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 106Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 72 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.7s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 19.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Xtronic CVT Mode
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4100 x 1695 x 1525) mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1070 kg
Boot Capacity (folded) 325 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 41 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums