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2018 Nissan Versa Interior Review


Interior: 7.3

The 2018 Nissan Versa sedan and Note hatchback have uninspiring interiors. The design is plain, and the materials quality is generally low. Hard plastics are common throughout. Both rows of seats are spacious, though they’re not overly comfortable. Cargo space is average in the Note and above-average in the sedan. The Versa offers fewer tech features than nearly every rival, but the infotainment system and other controls are easy to use.

  • The design isn't fancy, and the controls and materials are all basic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Aside from interior volume, the Versa doesn't offer many features that help it stand out." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "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)


The Versa seats five in sedan and hatchback body styles. Cloth upholstery comes standard. A driver’s seat armrest and upgraded cloth or faux suede upholstery are available. The Versa Note also offers heated front seats.

The Versa’s front seats provide great visibility and plenty of head- and legroom. They’re comfortable and supportive on short drives, but they feel worse the longer you’re in them. The rear seats have adequate headroom, even for tall people, and more legroom than many competitors. Still, you probably won’t want to put three adults in the back.

The Versa sedan and Note hatchback both have two sets of lower LATCH anchors in the rear outboard seats. However, they are blocked by the seat belts and difficult to access. The three tether anchors are buried in the seats and are also hard to find. Additionally, the Versa's flimsy seat belt buckles fall behind the child seat, creating frustration when trying to buckle older children into booster seats.

  • "There's … excellent visibility, comfortable and supportive seats, and good head- and legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Inside the 2016 Nissan Versa you'll find spacious front seats that are fine for short trips, but not as comfortable on long drives. The fact that lower trim levels don't have a height-adjustable driver seat will put shorter drivers at a particular disadvantage, and the lack of a telescoping steering wheel can make it difficult for just about everybody to find an ideal driving position. The adult-friendly rear seats are worthy of special mention, though. It's almost unheard of to find 6-footer-friendly legroom and headroom in a subcompact sedan. In this regard, the Versa stands alone." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Tall buyers on a budget will find much to like in the modestly-priced Versa, which offers a cavernous cabin. Space up front is ample." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Versa include a four-speaker sound system and Bluetooth. Available features include a USB port, cruise control, push-button start, satellite radio, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch screen, navigation, voice recognition, and smartphone integration.

The Versa has maybe the shortest standard features list of any car on the market (even features like power windows and locks are options in this Nissan), and it doesn’t offer some of the more advanced features (such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning) you can get in rivals.

On the bright side, the infotainment system is easy to use, and everything is well-positioned, making controls and gauges easy to see and reach from the driver’s seat. There are physical controls for many audio and climate functions, and they provide an easy way to control the infotainment system.

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  • "The three knobs that control the air conditioning and heat are well-sized, and the infotainment system is easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Gauges and controls are easy to understand and use on the fly. The availability of a rearview camera and a voice-controlled infotainment and navigation system is a plus, though as noted, specifying such options takes a bite out of the Versa's value proposition." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • Up front, the dashboard features easy-to-use controls but suffers from decidedly downmarket materials. At least revisions like a new center stack, steering wheel and instrument cluster freshen things up for the latest model year." -- Left Lane News (2016)


The Versa sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room, which is one of the largest trunks among subcompact cars. The higher trims offer split-folding rear seats, giving you the flexibility to haul larger items.

The Versa Note hatchback has even more room than the sedan: 18.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 38.3 cubic feet with them folded. These are average totals for a subcompact hatchback. The Note’s cargo floor could be better, as the rear seats don’t fold completely flat.

  • "Even the trunk is big, with its 14.9 cubic feet close to a midsize sedan's, and even that expands when you fold the rear seatbacks on higher trims." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "But did you know that the Versa also offers one of the roomiest rear seats in its segment? That makes this economy sedan a natural choice for buyers who anticipate hitting the road with a full load of passengers. What's more, a remarkably spacious trunk means none of them needs to worry about packing light." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • 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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