Used Nissan Cube (2010 - 2010) Comfort

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 04 Mar 2014
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Nissan's Cube was an instant hit when it first went on sale in its native Japan, but it still took 12 years before the firm was brave enough to bring it over here. Going head to head with the ubiquitous Mini and the Kia Soul, it majors in style with its unusual boxy design.

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

The Cube's boxy exterior gives way to subtle curves inside, with wave and ripple design motifs around the cabin while the seats offer good comfort in both the front and rear. Air conditioning is standard across the range, as are four electric windows. All models come with a glass roof, which also has a conventional sun blind, and a 'shoji' shade for allowing light in, but reducing heat build-up.

Engine and road noise are both unobtrusive, but you do get some wind noise around the windscreen pillar at 70mph.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

With rear passenger room maximised, the Cube has about as much space in the boot as a typical small car. However, like the Nissan Note, the rear seats can slide forward to vary the amount of luggage volume. The Cube's boot is accessed through a side-hinged door rather than a hatchback. Nissan says it's easier for loading if parked close to another vehicle when the door is only partially open compared with a conventional tailgate.

There are the typical cup holders and storage areas in the cabin, but also additional innovative ways of keeping things together. For example, customers can choose elastic bands to fit in the cut-outs of the door pulls to keep small items - MP3 players or perhaps car park tickets - stowed but readily available.

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4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The Cube offers excellent visibility, although the asymmetrical rear window, which gives a better over-the-shoulder view when reversing and reduces the blindspot on that side of the car, isn't as effective as it looks from the outside - there's still quite a thick rear pillar. The instruments are clear and the integrated navigation system fitted to the Kaizen version as standard is easy to use.

The quality of materials is of a high standard, and compared with the Kia Soul, for example, which is in the same sector of the market, have more of a premium feel.