Nissan launched the Note mini MPV back in 2004 and redesigned it in 2012. The second-gen car arrived in the U.S. for the 2014 model year — as a replacement for the Nissan Versa hatchback — with a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-banger under the hood. In Europe, on the other hand, the Note received a drivetrain lineup that included two 1.2-liter gasoline units and a 1.5-liter diesel. Setting the Euro-spec model further apart is the number of special-edition models it spawned, the most recent of which is the UK-exclusive N-TEC.

Much like most limited-edition Japanese cars available in Britain, the N-TEC package essentially takes a well-equipped trim and adds a host of otherwise optional features as standard, alongside a couple of unique amenities. The end result is a new trim that comes with range-topping features and a relatively affordable sticker. Keep reading to find out what the Note N-TEC is all about.

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  • 2015 Nissan Note N-TEC
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    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    12 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    15000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Granted, the Note isn't the type of vehicle I'd call sporty, but this new trim level sure makes it look faster than it really is.

Based on the well-equipped Acenta Premium trim, which comes with standard 16-inch wheels, a roof spoiler, sportier front and rear aprons, body-colored door handles and mirrors, and privacy glass, the N-TEC upgrade adds even more goodies to the Note’s exterior. The body-colored doors handles and mirror caps are replaced by Satin Silver-painted pieces, while the 16-inch rollers feature an exclusive design and "N-TEC" badges. Further enhancing the Note’s appearance is a gloss black front grille and black bezels for the headlamps.

Granted, the Note isn’t the type of vehicle I’d call sporty, but this new trim level makes it look faster than it really is. Sure, I’d rather have a sleeper than a fast-looking but mild vehicle, but the N-TEC is definitely an appealing alternative to drivers looking to stand out while driving a mini MPV.

Although the N-TEC is labeled as a limited-edition trim, Nissan will allow customers to order it in the full Note color palette, including the new Ink Blue option. That’s good news considering some other limited-edition cars are restricted to only one exterior color — the Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition comes to mind — but, as a special model, it should’ve received at least one exclusive paint color. Just my two cents.

Interior

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The N-TEC sports a comprehensive package on the inside, one that takes it pretty close to the range-topping Tekna trim.

On the inside, the N-TEC comes with a unique, leather-wrapped steering wheel with blue stitching, and a pair of two-tone, blue-and-black, premium front seats. It might not sound like much, but these features join what’s already included as standard on the Acenta Premium trim.

The N-TEC package also includes Nissan’s Safety Shield tech with Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object detection, as well as the latest-generation NissanConnect system, which adds a DAB digital radio, TripAdvisor and Google Search, among other apps.

The Advanced Rear View Camera and the automatic lights comes standard as part of the package included with the Acenta Premium trim the N-TEC is based on, but the keyless entry and the start button can only be had at extra cost. All told, the N-TEC sports a comprehensive package on the inside, one that takes it pretty close to the range-topping Tekna trim.

Drivetrain

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For reference, the base 1.2-liter generates 79 horsepower, while the 1.5-liter diesel churns out 89.

While the British-spec Note is usually available with both the 1.2-liter gasoline and the 1.5-liter diesel engines, the N-TEC is restricted to the more powerful 1.2 DIG-S unit. The four-banger cranks out 97 horsepower and 108 pound-feet of torque and uses a five-speed manual to send it to the pavement. Granted, it’s not as powerful as the U.S.-spec model, which benefits from a 109-pony, 1.6-liter four-pot, but it’s the peppiest version you can buy in the UK. For reference, the base 1.2-liter generates 79 horsepower, while the 1.5-liter diesel churns out 89.

As you might have already guessed, the Note N-TEC is quite slow, taking 11.7 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Yeah, it’s nearly four times slower than the GT-R, but it’s not a lot slower than a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Fit (Jazz).

Prices

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The Note N-TEC retails from £15,365 ($23,735 as of 02/19/2014), only £900 ($1,390) more than the Acenta Premium model, which makes it quite the bargain with the added features. Compared to the range-topping Tekna Style model, the N-TEC retails for £1,605 ($2,480) less.

Competition

Toyota Yaris

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The leader of the subcompact segment for a few years now, the Yaris was redesigned in 2011, when it received remodeled front and rear fascias, a revamped interior and upgraded drivetrains. Available in four different trim levels in the UK, the Yaris is similarly equipped to the Note N-TEC in its range-topping Excel trim. The trim adds 16-inch wheels, dusk-sensing headlights, rain-sensing wipers, partial leather seats, rear power windows, dual-zone climate control, and cruise control.

Unlike the Note N-TEC, the Yaris Excel can be equipped with one of five engines. The gasoline range includes a 68-horsepower 1.0-liter mated to a five-speed manual, and a 99-pony 1.33-liter connected to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. A 1.4-liter diesel delivers 90 horses through a six-speed manual, while the 1.5-liter petrol hybrid, rated at 100 horsepower, uses an autobox. Pricing for the Yaris Excel begins from £15,695 (around $24,220 as of 02/19/2015.

Honda Jazz (Fit)

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The Honda Jazz — sold as Fit in the United States — is a brand-new car for 2015, having been redesigned to feature Honda’s current styling language. However, the overhauled model is not yet available in Europe as of February 2015, with Honda still selling the previous generation in Britain. Topping the range in the UK is the Jazz EX, a trim level that comes with a panoramic glass roof, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth hands free, and privacy glass, among other features.

Motivation is provided by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder making 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed automatic and a CVT. With the manual, the Jazz ES starts from £15,995, while the CVT bumps the sticker to £17,095.

Conclusion

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If you’re looking for some nice standard features in a Japanese mini MPV that’s fuel efficient and comes with plenty of interior room for its class, then the Note N-TEC might be the one for you. Sure, some of you might find it disappointing that Nissan chose not to add more power to the 1.4-liter engine, but if it’s horsepower and performance you’re looking for, the Note might not be your best choice. All told, the N-TEC comes with a lot of bang for the buck and an equipment configuration that’s different enough to turn it into a stand-alone trim.

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    • No special colors
    • Only one engine
    • Not available in the U.S.

Press Release

A special, limited edition of the Nissan Note, the Note N-TEC, is now on sale. Based on the Acenta grade Note model, the N-TEC is a stylish, compact family car, featuring even more smart design, equipment and advanced technologies as standard.

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Enhanced exterior design features include rear window privacy glass, satin silver door handles and mirror caps, 16-inch alloy wheels in a limited edition design as well as unique ‘N-TEC’ badging. The Dynamic Styling Pack, included as standard on the Note N-TEC, creates a more energetic exterior look, with front and rear sport bumpers, side sill finishers, a gloss black radiator grille and sport headlamps with distinctive black bezels.

A leather-wrapped steering wheel, featuring the same eye-catching blue stitch detailing found on the N-TEC’s premium seats, complements Nissan’s stylish, high quality interior finish.

The Note N-TEC comes fully-equipped with Nissan’s intelligent and innovative Safety Shield technology as standard, bringing high-end technology and safety features to the B-class segment. Usually reserved for Tekna, the highest grade Note model, it comprises of three forward-thinking technologies - Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection - designed to make driving a safer and more enjoyable experience for the whole family.

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Bringing premium technology to a new audience, the Note N-TEC also features the latest generation NissanConnect system, available with DAB digital radio and a range of apps, including TripAdvisor and Google Search. Advanced Rear View Camera technology helps to take the stress out of tricky reversing manoeuvres, while automatic lights, wipers and air-conditioning also come as standard. An I-key (Keyless entry) and Start button are available as an optional extra.

The Note N-TEC is available in the full Note colour range, including an Ink Blue option, new to the Nissan Note.

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