Last year, the Versa Note, which is essentially just the hatchback version of the Versa sedan, received a refresh to better align with the rest of the Nissan lineup. We expect the 2018 Versa Note to be a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect the 2018 Nissan Versa Note to be visually identical to the current model. Given its refresh came relatively recently, this shouldn’t pose an issue to buyers, as it’ll still be plenty modern looking for its class. Inside, the cabin will remain the same too, including its roomy rear seat and cargo area.
Also expected to carry over are the Versa Note’s standard features. In today’s model, these are limited and include 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker audio system with a CD player, and more. If there’s one area the Versa Note lacks in, it’s standard equipment, and this appears set to continue in the new year.
The powertrain is another area where we expect no changes in 2018. We expect the Versa Note to continue with its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that will produce 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. The only available transmission will remain a continuously variable unit that will deliver power to the front wheels.
Oddly enough, the IIHS has not fully tested the current Versa Note. It’s only completed the moderate-overlap test to date, but it did receive a “Good” rating in it. The Versa sedan is a little better, as it has completed the side, roof, and restraints and seats tests, and it received “Good” ratings in all three. Unfortunately, the Versa Note lacks available automatic emergency braking, so even if it does complete testing, it cannot earn a Top Safety Pick Plus designation. We expect this to all carry into 2018 unchanged.