2001 Nissan Cube 1.3 petrol


A mini, utilitarian van for the city


- Rust appearing on doors.

General Comments:


- Loads of space for such a small car.

- Plenty of nooks and crannies to store things.

- Excellent fuel economy.

- Cheap to insure and keep on the road.


- Struggles to maintain highway speed.

- Uncomfortable for long trips.

- CVT transmission.

True to the name, the Nissan Cube utilises its shape to make the most of the available space. With the rear seats folded, the little wagon becomes a utilitarian van with a surprising amount of space. I have even managed to transport a bed in mine. The cube has many well thought out cubbies, hooks and shelves to pack away whatever you are carrying. The thing is very reliable too. It is unfortunately fitted with a CVT transmission, but I have yet to have any trouble with mine. (thankfully)

On the downside it doesn't keep up with highway traffic well, with the little 1.3L engine whining its way towards 100kph. I often find myself having to floor the poor thing so as to not inconvenience other road goers when merging into lanes. Mine is also showing signs of rust. It's also not very comfortable. The rear tends to bounce as all the weight is at the front and you don't want to take corners at speed. The upside to having a small engine is the fuel economy, and in that regard, it's the most frugal vehicle I've ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2017