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2020 Nissan Versa Interior Review

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Interior: 6.8

The 2020 Nissan Versa has a generally upscale interior with pleasing materials. Rear-seat room is so-so, and cargo space is decent for the subcompact car class. Most of the Versa's controls are straightforward, but the infotainment system could operate a little smoother.

  • "Although the interior is still constructed of mostly hard plastics, the cabin looks more modern with edgier accents and a more refined dashboard aesthetic, and it doesn’t feel totally cheap. I also like that the interior is more harmoniously designed than before, and how comfortable the otherwise unassuming cloth seats are." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Nissan significantly refined the Versa's interior. The dashboard has a sleek, modern design that looks less busy than the previous Versa. The buttons and switchgear feel more premium, and even the steering wheel, with its new 'D' shape, is a massive improvement over the outgoing design." -- Edmunds
  • "When you shut the new Versa’s doors, there’s none of the tinny sound associated with the previous model. … While the plastics used in the dash and door panels are hard, they’re textured in such a way as to look higher grade." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The Nissan Versa sedan seats five people. Cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat are standard. Options include two versions of upgraded cloth upholstery, a center armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

The Versa's front seats are comfortable and gain more space from the redesign. There is less legroom in the back compared with the previous generation, and rear-seat headroom is a little tight.

For securing child safety seats, the Versa has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The tether anchors are set deep in the seats and may be difficult to access.

  • "Unfortunately, the back seat lost its previously spacious accommodations, with legroom shrinking by six inches. Some of that space—about three inches of it—went to front-seat passengers, but our comfort was compromised in both locations." -- Car and Driver
  • The car is slightly bigger at 1.6 inches longer and 1.8 inches wider and has an adult-size backseat that gave me plenty of legroom to sit behind my 6-foot-2 self in front. But the sleeker roofline is 2.3 inches lower, which left my head brushing the ceiling in the rear. Front and rear seats were comfortable, though both test cars needed a little more padding in the seat cushions." -- Cars.com
  • The front seats are roomy and comfortable and all controls are readily accessible. The lower profile of the new car means that Nissan designers had to compensate a bit in the back seat. The seat cushion has been lowered a bit but remains high enough for a comfortable position that isn’t knees up. With the front seat adjusted for my five-foot-eleven frame, I had adequate legroom to remain comfortable and in my usual slightly slouched stance, I had sufficient head clearance. However, if sat up straight … the top of my head did slightly graze the headliner." -- Forbes

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2020 Versa include a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a four-speaker stereo, and voice recognition. The Versa also comes standard with a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Optional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start. Optional active safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver alert monitoring, and a rear-seat reminder.

The Versa has a simple layout of dashboard controls that are all easy to reach. The touch screen is user-friendly but a little slow to respond to commands.

See 2020 Nissan Versa specs »

  • "Embedded navigation is unavailable, but ergonomics are a strong suit, with simple, easy-to-decipher infotainment, HVAC and steering wheel controls." -- CNET
  • "The audio system includes a 7-inch touchscreen (the old Versa didn’t have a touchscreen) with volume and tuning knobs, and all are easy to reach and use. … Climate controls are likewise easy to use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We also wish the voice-recognition software (on SV and SR trims) understood our commands and that the 7.0-inch touchscreen responded quicker to inputs. Apple CarPlay alleviated both of these concerns during our brief drive, but it's not available on base models." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The Nissan Versa S has 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space, while higher trims have 15 cubic feet. Those values are good for the subcompact car class. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is optional.

The trunk is wide and deep, but the rear seats don't fold completely flat.

  • "The rear bench seat of the Versa S with the 5-speed manual transmission does not fold forward to increase the vehicle’s cargo capacity, as it does in all other versions of the new Versa. The trunk, at 15.0 cubic feet, is about the same size as before." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Trunk space is impressive. It’s wide at the rear and deep top to bottom, though sickle-shaped lid hinges dip into the area. … On the down side, the folded rear seat backs — standard on all Versas but the base S with manual transmission — rest five inches above the level of the cargo floor, so long items can’t be easily slid forward … though that’s about par for the class." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Versa continues to offer almost compact-car passenger room along with more than compact-car trunk space of 14.7 cubic feet (the 2020 Toyota Corolla has 13.1 cubic feet) that’s expandable with a 60/40-split, folding rear seatback and large pass-through." -- Cars.com
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