Will the new Nissan Note 1.2 be underpowered?

My wife has a 7-year-old Nissan Note automatic, bought from new, with which she is entirely happy. Being short (5-feet) she likes the ease of access to the driver's seat and the good all-round visibility this gives her. The reasonably large boot space is also appreciated. The car has a low mileage - about 27,000 – but because of its age I feel that the time has come to replace it. The new Nissan Note comes only in manual but I understand that an automatic version is due early next year. Waiting for this is no inconvenience as we are not in a hurry, but my wife is concerned that with a 1.2-litre engine it may be seriously underpowered. Do you agree?

Asked on 9 November 2013 by VA, Weybridge,

Answered by Honest John
Smaller petrol engines, supercharged or turbocharged for more power, is how the industry has responded to new EC CO2 limits. The new Note will be available with the supercharged DIG-S 1.2 3-cylinder engine and that's enough. It's supercharged for efficiency rather than for power. More information about it in this test of the Micra fitted with the same engine: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/nissan/nissan-micr.../
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