Review: Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011)
Decent to drive with quiet yet torquey 1.6 chain cam engine, sensible gearing, light controls and excellent ride quality.
Quirky, oddball looks you either like or don't like. Not as practical as it looks due to high rear door sill for structural strength.
Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011): At A Glance
- Insurance Group 15
- On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure
You might take one look at the Nissan Cube and decide it's an oddball of strictly limited appeal. And you'd be wrong. Because, since its first incarnation in 1998, Nissan has sold a million of them.
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Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011): What's It Like Inside?
You get a high roof, wide opening doors, low door sills making it particularly accommodating for the elderly, who hate its looks.
Yet underneath, it's a Note. Note engine. Note suspension. Note steering. So it drives and handles pretty much like a Note, and on those sqidgy big 195/65 R16 tyres it rides the speed cushions very well too.
It's comfortable. There are lots of cupholders to put the morning's Costa Coffee. You can talk as you drive using the hands-free Bluetooth. Anyone in the back can recline their backrest and go to sleep if they want to.
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What's the Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011) like to drive?
It's geared high enough not to drone on the motorway, and the engine has decent low down torque so you don't need to rev it. The claimed 42.8mpg should be possible, which isn't quite as good as the forthcoming diesel will be, but it's good enough.
The Kaisen version has Nissan's excellent reprogrammable Connect satnav that doubles up as the screen for a reversing camera. All versions come with cruise control and speed limiter.
The more I think about it the closer it seems to be to the ideal car for non car people like my 24 year old son. It's got all the things he appreciates in a car, though I don't know if he'll go for the shape.
A disadvantage is that in protecting occupants from getting rammed up the backside by a Toyota Land Cruiser, the engineers have slung a massive girder across the back that prevents dogs from hopping in and making the car smell.
|1.6||43 mpg||11.3 s||151 g/km|
|1.6 CVT||40 mpg||12.4 s||159 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011)
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