Nissan Cube – The Cube3 is a Seven Seat Option

Published: 17th May 2011
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Rational and stylish with a likeable yet unpretentious character all of its own, the Nissan Cube is an acquired taste that will likely outlast a few rivals on the market. This sharp-looking model is light, nippy and efficient, not to mention it has an excellent fuel economy.

The best options for city cars or for people seeking good economical motoring will ensure that car tax is not an unnecessary burden. The Nissan Cube comes with petrol and diesel engines for whom the tax bands range from E to G.

Increasingly, the emissions levels of our cars are used to determine how much we pay for our motoring. Furthermore, drivers keen to minimize their carbon footprints will aim for cars that produce lower levels of CO2 at the tailpipe. Despite being a relatively small car, the Cube at best produces about 135g/km of carbon dioxide.

Despite that remarkable external styling, the Nissan Cube comes with unremarkable mechanicals. It does, however, come with ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), which helps to avoid accidents. Nissan has a good reputation for building solid vehicles that provide good protection from accident damage. Should the worst happen, the Cube received four out of five stars in EuroNCAP crash-safety ratings in 2010.

All versions of the Nissan Cube are in insurance group 15. Fuel economy ranges between 40mpg and 43mpg, making it more expensive to fill up than many competitors. The latest models enjoy improved fuel economy, however. Reliability should be good however, making it about average for this class in terms of running costs.

Thanks to the boxy shape, the Cube’s interior is roomy. The basic suspension provides pretty good handling but the ride could be a bit better. The Cube is fine around town, as long as you don’t push it and are mindful of where you let the big wheels go.

The quirky and interesting body styling makes the Cube fun to own. The interior was jazzed up in the 2010 model, making it more fun than older versions, with better interior materials. As with all Nissans, build quality is very good and prospective owners are unlikely to worry about long-term reliability.

If there is one area in which the Cube falls noticeably short of the best competitors in its class, it is the engines. Nobody expects the Cube to be a sports car but both the petrol and diesel engines available in the Cube fall short of the benchmark figures for acceleration and fuel economy.

The Cube offers plenty of room for passengers, with good leg room and an airy cabin. Cargo space is also good though the side-hinged rear door needs too much room to be truly practical. Motorway trips can be a chore, thanks to the Cube’s bluff, upright shape. The Seven Seat Cube option is called the Cube3.


The Nissan Cube is marketed as a character-laden and handy city car. Though the price is higher than less-eccentric rivals, the Cube makes do with a basic chassis. In most types of driving, the Cube is good and can be fun but it leans a lot when driven through corners at speed, which limits its ultimate handling ability.

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