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2019 Nissan Versa Interior Review

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Interior: 7.3

Both the 2019 Versa sedan and Note hatchback have a bland interior with a dull design and low-quality materials, including hard plastics. There’s plenty of space in the cabin, though, and even two tall adults can fit in the rear seats without issue. Cargo space is average in the Note and above average in the sedan. The Versa doesn’t have as many safety features as its rivals, but its controls and infotainment system are user-friendly.

  • The design isn't fancy, and the controls and materials are all basic." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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)

Seating

Both the sedan and hatchback seat up to five people on standard cloth upholstery. Upgraded cloth, a driver’s seat armrest, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. Faux suede seats are available in the Note only.

The Nissan Versa has spacious seats. There’s plenty of head- and legroom for two adults in the front or back, which is a rarity in this class. While the seats are generally comfortable for short trips, they feel less so on longer trips.

The Versa sedan and Note hatchback both have two sets of lower LATCH anchors in the rear outboard seats and a third upper tether anchor in the middle seat. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats and difficult to access.

  • "Impressively, there's more rear legroom than in some midsize luxury sedans." -- Autotrader
  • "There's … excellent visibility, comfortable and supportive seats, and good head- and legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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 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)

Interior Features

Standard features in every Nissan Versa include air conditioning, a rearview camera, Siri Eyes Free, a four-speaker sound system, voice controls, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include remote keyless entry, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, power windows and door locks, cruise control, satellite radio, and NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Versa has one of the shortest standard features lists in the class. Even features such as power windows and locks aren't included in the base trim, though upper trims have these items. Some advanced safety features available in competitors, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning, are absent.

On the plus side, the infotainment system is intuitive. There are redundant physical controls for audio and climate settings, and everything is well-positioned for the driver to easily see and use.

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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 (2018)
  • 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)

Cargo

The Nissan Versa sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room. That’s a bigger trunk than most rivals. The Versa Note hatchback has 18.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 38.3 cubic feet with them folded down. Those figures are average for a subcompact hatchback. The Note’s rear seats don’t fold down completely flat, leaving an uneven cargo floor.

  • "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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