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2016 Nissan Versa Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Nissan Versa was new.


Interior: 7.0

Reviewers report that the 2016 Nissan Versa has a very drab cabin featuring lots of low-rent, hard plastics. They note that the controls are intuitively arranged and well-labeled. The Versa has fewer features than most subcompact cars, according to test drivers, and features such as power windows and power door locks are extra-cost options. The front seats are decently comfortable for quick trips, according to critics, though some find them uncomfortable for longer periods of time. They praise the spacious rear seats, which they say are large enough for tall adults.

  • Up front, controls and cabin materials are basic, but logical and easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Note's interior, which is nearly identical to the sedan. It's the most basic of layouts, with plenty of hard plastics. Compared to competing hatchbacks, this Versa's cabin is uninteresting and dated-looking." -- Edmunds (2014 Versa Note)
  • [T]he dashboard features easy-to-use controls but suffers from decidedly downmarket materials." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "But you'll rap your knuckles black and blue in the hunt for any soft-touch surfaces beyond the one under your butt. The materials aren't any better under visual inspection, either; they look hard, entry level, and cheap." -- Car and Driver (2014)


The 2016 Versa seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Upgraded upholstery, heated front seats and a driver’s seat armrest are optional. Some reviewers say the front seats are comfortable for short drives, though they become less comfortable on long trips. The rear seats earn praise from testers for their ample head- and legroom, which is rare for a subcompact car. Outward visibility is good, according to critics, but they report that especially tall or short drivers may have trouble finding a comfortable driving position in base trims where the seat height is not adjustable.

  • "Visibility is excellent and the seats are firm with good head- and legroom both front and rear." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Seat comfort deserves neither plaudits nor pans, being merely okay." -- Car and Driver (2014)
  • "There's plenty of head, shoulder, and legroom for front-seat occupants, but the space afforded rear-seat passengers is truly admirable. With 38.3 inches of rear seat legroom, the Versa Note bests the Chevrolet Sonic and the Honda Fit by 3.4 inches and is actually a half-inch better than Nissan's larger Sentra sedan." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The front seats are fine for short hops, but comfort wanes on longer drives. Taller drivers might find it hard to achieve a comfortable position due to the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. Shorter drivers will likely find the S and S Plus trims' lack of a height-adjustable seat to be problematic." -- Edmunds (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Versa include a four-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Optional features include power windows, power door locks, satellite radio, a USB port, cruise control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, a rearview camera or a 360-degree camera system, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition and smartphone integration.

Reviewers agree the Versa isn't as well-equipped as other cars in the class, lacking standard features that are typically standard across the board, such as power door locks and power windows. The Versa's climate and audio controls are easy to reach, according to critics, and they say its gauges are easy to read.

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  • "Aside from interior volume, the Versa doesn't offer many features that help it stand out." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "While Bluetooth has been added to the standard features list this year, base-model Versas are still leanly equipped. Amenities like keyless entry, full power accessories and satellite radio are standard on certain competing models, but you'll have to pay extra to get them on the Versa. This can work to undercut its cost advantage." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Its dash is plain and dull, even on models outfitted with a 5.8-inch navigation screen. On the upside, its chunky buttons and knobs are easy to reach and decipher." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The hatchback does inherit the sedan's dashboard. This isn't a problem in terms of basic design and layout, with highly legible gauges straight ahead, three large and easy-to-reach dials for HVAC control, and an optional navigation screen that's sufficient for this class." -- Car and Driver (2014)


The 2016 Versa sedan has one of the largest trunks in the class, with 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The Versa Note has an average amount of cargo space for a subcompact hatchback, with 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 38.3 cubic feet with them folded. Reviewers agree the sedan has a generously-sized trunk, but they report the Versa Note hatchback's load floor isn't flat with the rear seats folded.

  • "As a grocery-getter, the sedan holds much in its 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, and swallows even more with the rear seats folded down. On higher trims, the sedan's rear seats fold in a 60/40 split." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Those who prefer not to travel light will appreciate the sedan's spacious trunk." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Hatchbacks have generous cargo room, but the load floor is interrupted by rear seats that don't fold flush, creating an annoying stepped surface." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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