Are you planning on buying a subcompact car (Mini MPV) in the near future? If your answer is ‘Yes’, then you are in the right place as we take you through a comparison of two of the best cars in that category. These are two great cars for anyone who is on a budget and looking for a cheap car with low running costs.
Nissan Note vs Honda Fit Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of September 2020.)
Nissan Note Honda Fit
Generations 2 (E11, E12) 4 (GD, GE, GK, GR)
Production Year 2004 - Present 2001 - Present
Engine Performance 80 HP - 110 HP 77 HP - 205 HP
Fuel Consumption 14 KM/L - 21.28 KM/L 14 KM/L - 24 KM/L
Drivetrain FWD and 4WD FWD and 4WD
Key Features Power Steering, Power Window, A/C, Airbag Keyless entry, ABS, DVD, Airbag, Back Camera
Seating Capacity 5 Passengers 5 Passengers
BE FORWARD Price US$1,480 - $3,700 US$1,430 - $6,990
Interior and Exterior Comparison
The Nissan Note comes with a cabin that features a high roofline that results in an airy cabin with better headroom than most of the other small hatchbacks in its category. The Nissan Note is neatly designed and features a well-assembled interior with generous equipment levels such as the height-adjustable steering wheel, a high driving position, a ratchet adjustable center armrest for the driver and front passenger, and a driver seat backrest that is adjusted by a rotary knob. With a wheelbase of 2600mm and a height of 1550mm, the Note has one of the best interior spaces with enough legroom and headroom for front and rear passenger and a 280-liter flat-floored boot that can accommodate up to a maximum of 1300 liters of luggage. Other indoor features are door pockets, glovebox, large map pocket in the dash, front cup holders, trays, seat pockets behind the front seats for rear passengers to hold their stuff, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB jack, and boot underfloor storage.
The Note’s exterior design is curvy and sleeky giving it distinct, energetic, and catchy looks. It features Nissan’s V-Motif front grille at the front, swept-back headlights, flared wheel arches on the sides, 15 or 16-inch wheels. Overall, the Note is a sharp-looking vehicle with a dynamic silhouette.
The Note comes with substantial safety features such as four (six upper trims) airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, cruise control, remote central locking, seatbelt reminder buzzer, and as an extra, some models feature the Nissan Safety Shield which incorporates a 360-degree camera, parking sensors, lane-departure warning, blind-spot assistance, and moving object detection.
The Honda Fit has a spacious cabin with an unimaginable flexible passenger and cargo space than one cannot even imagine. The Fit is also famous for its multi-mode (magic seat) setup that has four or five seating modes. The Fit comes fitted with a 6.5 inch colored screen Internavi (HDD Navigation) system with built-in TV and FM radio functions (newer models come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability). Other interior features of the Fit include a telescopic steering column, active head restraints, driver’s footrest, two cup holders on the center console in front of the gear shift, storage space on the front doors, and a storage tray under the front passenger seat. At the rear, you get between 583-liters and 603-liters of boot space.
On the outside, the Fit is appealing with contours that flow from the grille and headlights giving it a unique feel, and on the sides, its contoured body is streamlined with side molding that protects the doors but also giving the car a stylish look. At the rear, the Fit is fitted with LED brake lights that extend its uniqueness, and at the top of the rear tailgate, there is a spoiler that improves the car’s aerodynamics.
The latest and previous Fit models come packed with several safety features as standard, such as driver assistance technology, automated emergency braking, lane departure warning system, front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, four-wheel ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, and lane departure warning system.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
The Nissan Note came with three gasoline (some markets have extra diesel options) engine choices, the 1.2-liter HR12DE engine that produces 78 HP, and average fuel consumption of 21 KM/L, the 1.5-liter HR15DE 16 valve DOHC engine with EFI and CVTC technology produces 98 HP and an average consumption of 15 KM/L, and the 1.6-liter HR16DE that produces 118 HP and an average consumption of 11 KM/L. These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, and Xtronic CVT transmission.
The Note is also available as a hybrid, fitted with Nissan’s e-Power system (series hybrid) powertrain. Unlike the parallel hybrid systems whereby both gasoline engine and electric motor can drive the wheels in parallel, the Note 1.2-litre HR12DE generates electricity that is used to charge the on-board 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery or send electrons directly to the electric motor. As a result, the Note does not need external charging, the battery is solely charged by the engine or regenerative braking. The e-Power Note has an average consumption of 31 KM/L and produces 107 HP from its motor.
The 2001 – 2014 Fit came with either a 1.3-liter (L13A) or 1.5-liter (L15A) engine which produced 95 HP and 120 HP, with average fuel consumption of 18.2 KM/L and 14.9 KM/L respectively. The L13A employed the i-DSI technology which uses two spark plugs per cylinder, and 8 ignition coils. This helped reduce fuel consumption, and increased the low-end torque while improving environmental performance. The engines transmitted power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, or CVT transmission.
In 2014 Honda introduced the Fit Hybrid that employed new technology with a new 1.5-liter (Earth Dreams) DOHC i-VTEC engine that was attached to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and an internal high-output motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The Fit hybrid produces 135 HP and has a fuel consumption of 30.3 KM/L. Honda also introduced non-hybrid models that came with the 1.3-liter (L13B) Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine that produced 99 HP and average fuel consumption of 11.8 KM/L while the 1.5-liter (Earth Dreams) direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC engine produces 30 HP and average 14.9 KM/L. These engines are attached to 5 or 6-speed manual, 7-speed DCT, CVT, and automatic transmission.
From this article, we can all agree that the Note and Fit are two nice cars, and are almost tied in every aspect of comparison. In that case, whichever car you end up deciding to buy, it will be a great choice.
For an in-depth review of the Honda Fit, you can also visit the link below.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya