Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nissan Note 1.5 dCi 86 Tekna

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nissan Note 1.5 dCi 86 Tekna

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Byline: PETER KEENAN

AMID the dark clouds of recession there is one small silver lining for the car buyer - and it is the reduction in prices being implemented across the motor industry in the struggle for sales.

At the end of last year Nissan decided to cut the cost of its Note range by between pounds 400 and pounds 1,050 - depending on the model - while at the same time adding more equipment.

This makes what is already a good family all-rounder into a value for money buy as well.

Not content with simply trimming prices Nissan have also revamped the model's exterior. There's a new nose with a reshaped bonnet, bumper and stylish headlights. There's also a shiny black finish to the grille and the alloy wheels are redesigned while the tail lights are darkened.

The interior is also improved with the Note the first Nissan model to feature Connect - an integrated audio and navigation system with a touch screen.

It is fitted as standard on the higher specification Tekna model and as a pounds 400 option on the mid-range Acenta models.

As I'm verging on 'old codger' status its many attributes - including total digital connectivity with CD/radio, iPod gateway, 3.5mm aux-in jack, USB connection and Bluetooth using A2DP streaming audio profile - left me initially feeling slightly overwhelmed.

The nuts and bolts are pretty simple though, as basically the system allows music from a Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player or phone to be played through the car's audio system without the need for external cables.

The satellite navigation system is a clever old Hector as it can display road maps in 2D or 3D formats and includes a gyro sensor and speed sensor which help to identify the direction of travel more quickly. And don't worry if you miss a turning or two as it also speeds up the time needed to recalculate directions for your journey.

The engine line-up is unaltered with a 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol and the punchy 1.5 dCi unit in the Note I tested. …

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