Review: Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011)

Rating:

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.

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Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011): At A Glance

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.

Nissan Cube 2010 Road Test and Video

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Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 3980 mm
Width 1695 mm
Height 1670 mm
Wheelbase 2530 mm

Full specifications

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.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
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)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

85%

Real MPG

25–44 mpg

MPGs submitted

10

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What have we been asked about the Nissan Cube (2010 – 2011)?

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I'm after a small but interesting car - what do you suggest?

After years of having to drive the family workhorse, I can at last by a smaller car. I would like something reasonably practical but above all interesting. It doesn’t have to be fast and I don’t mind very second hand. I have a budget of £10,000.
A Nissan Cube is very interesting, covers all your requirements and is well under budget. Alternatively, how about a Suzuki Swift Sport? They're great to drive, fairly rare and you'll get a late example of the last-generation model with your budget.
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