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Overall Rating

4 stars

Challenging convention the Cube has been named by the London Design Museum as one of the 50 cars that changed the world. Functional and that little bit different, Nissan are hoping we are going to love the cube.

For
  • Quirky looks and interior design
  • Personalise to suit
  • Economic with good fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions
Against
  • Love it or hate it looks
  • Rear door isn't easy to access due to height
  • Only one engine choice at launch
Road Test

Inside there's a lounge-style space for five with a clever, inspired and surprisingly open occupant space with a 'Jacuzzi Curve' layout offering a space for relaxing, travelling and socialising. The curve-themed interior design is characterised by the subtle wavy shaping of the instrument panel, door panels, seat shapes, and the iconic 'Water Drop' that can be seen in the cupholders and the climate control design. They are inspired by nature and the calming way that ripples move outward from a drop in water. A large triple-layered glass roof is fitted as standard, giving a light and airy atmosphere throughout the cabin. As well as the traditional blind to prevent heat build up on sunny days, there is a shoji shade, inspired by traditional Japanese shades made of rice paper which can be drawn across the sunroof, allowing light to enter but minimising heat build up. Measuring only 3,980mm in length the Cube is designed to be the perfect urban transporter, with a wheel-at-each-corner design maximising interior space without compromising the compact external footprint. It's beautifully functional: Nissan's designers affectionately describe the Cube as a 'bulldog in sunglasse'. The simple model range has been designed to offer a straightforward choice. The line-up consists of only 2 grades, with each version providing a template for drivers to create their own, customised Cube using a range of accessories and tattoos. The standard Cube grade includes a glass roof, rear privacy glass and Bluetooth and cruise control. Spend a little more and you can upgrade to Kaizen trim which adds the Nissan Connect audio and navigation system, a rear parking camera and full climate control to the lengthy standard equipment list. The engine range is just as simple 1.6-litre 108bhp petrol engine gives the Cube emissions as low as 151g/km and combined fuel economy as high as 42.8mpg with sharp-shifting manual transmission or advanced CVT. It's quirky looks are an acquired taste but it's proved popular with UK buyers.

Need To Know

Alternatives
Nissan Cube (2010-12)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars

Reviews - Audi

Audi A4 Allroad (2009-12)

Overall Rating

5 stars

Four-wheel drive estate offering premium Audi quality, slick design and plenty of boot space. Raised suspension and "Off Road Detection" technology assists on muddy terrain and snow but not a replacement for a conventional 4x4.

For
  • Heavy duty estate with added off road detection
  • Plenty of space inside for passengers and boot space
  • Strong looks
Against
  • Not a replacement for traditional 4x4 so make sure it meets your needs
  • Parking can be an issue due to size
  • Slight body roll but not a big issue
Road Test

Avant estate with specific allroad body style has been elevated and widened which does cause a bit more body roll. The additional size can make parking harder in town as this is a large bulky car. Key features are the art deco train grill, panoramic roof option and wheel-arch extensions. Passengers have generous legroom and plenty of bootspace for luggage. Under-body protection has been added so although this is not a traditional four-wheel drive off-roader it is still capable of dealing with muddy tracks with the allroad specific ESP and 'surface-sensing Off road Detection technology'. Available in 2.0-litre TFSI with Audi valvelift technology. 2.0-litre TDI 170bhp and 3.0-litre TDI 240bhp. Strong build quality the A4 allroad is a smooth ride with plenty of go 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds. Six speed manual gearbox in 2.0 TDI with the 2.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI use the S tronic twin-clutch gearbox. Just one spec available the SE, comes with 18" alloys, electronic climate control, a 10-speaker Audi Concert CD system, automatic headlight and wiper operation and a full-colour Driver's Information System. It's a good practical estate if you sometimes need to head over fields and want a quality premium brand with strong looks.

Need To Know

Replacement: 2011


Alternatives
Audi A4 Allroad (2009-12)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

5 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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