2019 Nissan Versa

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2019 Nissan Versa Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 9, 2019


A lot of us look for great power in a car, these cars run fast and sip more fuel. Some of us have different requirements and prioritize affordability and lesser running costs. 2019 Nissan Versa Note starts at a very reasonable price. Versa is a simple, slow and strictly a commuter car.

Nissan Versa is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 109 horsepower. Due to lack of power, the Versa feels better suited to city driving. The Versa isn't a quick car but it really delivers where it counts the most - affordable transportation. To keep operating costs low, Nissan Versa uses a CVT for gear shifting and achieves a good fuel economy.

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Pros

Competitive base price

Better interior space than competitors

Good ride quality

Roomy rear trunk space

Cons

Poor acceleration

Noisy powertrain

Interior’s hard plastic trim

Bland driving dynamics

What's New?

Nissan Connect for the upper trims

No mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$12460

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

109 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

107 lbs.-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

58.3/58.5

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

175.4 in.

width

66.7 in.

height

59.6 in.

curb weight

2395 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

994 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/36 mpg

highway range

388.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Nissan Versa in Brilliant Silver color  2019 Nissan Versa in Cayenne Red Metallic color  2019 Nissan Versa in Deep Blue Pearl color  2019 Nissan Versa in Fresh Powder color  2019 Nissan Versa in Gun Metallic color  2019 Nissan Versa in Super Black color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Features

4.0

Engine And Performance

4.7

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.3

Exterior

3.0

Safety

2.0

4.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Nissan Versa S

S

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$12,460


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $12,460 MSRP (27/30/36) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
5-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Brilliant Silver
  Super Black
  Gun Metallic
  Fresh Powder

 2019 Nissan Versa S Plus

S Plus

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$14,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S Plus 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $14,600 MSRP (31/34/39) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Brilliant Silver
  Super Black
  Gun Metallic
  Cayenne Red
  Fresh Powder

 2019 Nissan Versa SV

SV

power
109 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
34 combined

$16,090


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $16,090 MSRP (31/34/39) 109 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Brilliant Silver
  Super Black
  Deep Blue Pearl
  Gun Metallic
  Cayenne Red
  Fresh Powder

Expert Review

4.3

Overall Rating


The subcompact segment has some stiff competition, Nissan Versa competes with Kia Rio, Honda Fit, and Chevrolet Sonic. Nissan offers more utility than other subcompacts at a lower price. If you are looking for high utility, decent fuel economy and are in for a budget car, then Versa should be on your list.

2019 Nissan Versa front view
2019 Nissan Versa front view
2019 Nissan Versa rear view
2019 Nissan Versa rear view

4.0/10
Features

 

4.7/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.3/10
Interior

 

3.0/10
Exterior

 

2.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Nissan Versa Features

4.0/10

Nissan Versa Note is offered in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. All the trims come standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with an FWD drivetrain. And unlike its sedan counterpart, the Versa Note comes standard with a CVT. The base trim is equipped with only the bare minimum features. It gets a 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. If you are looking to buy a new car with a warranty while spending the really less. The base S trim fits the bill. The mid-spec SV trim brings in cloth upholstery, power windows and cruise control for an additional expense of $1000.

Trims

S

SV

SR

MSRP (FWD)

$15,650

$16,550

$18,360

Features

1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

Integrated Key with remote keyless entry

16" x 6.0" 5-split spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System

Upgraded cloth seat trim

Sport side sills

 

7" touch-screen display

Upgraded Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges with trip computer and outside temperature display

Fog lights

 

Bluetooth streaming audio

Power windows with driver’s one-touch auto-down feature

Rear roof spoiler

 

Air conditioning

-

Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition

 

RearView Monitor

Cruise control

-
 

Air conditioning

Rear window defroster

-

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The SV comes equipped with keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver's seat with an armrest, NissanConnect with mobile apps and a 7-in color display, Divide-N-Hide storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, and Siri Eyes Free. Although SR has a lot more to offer, SV offers great versatility for a minimal price.

We Recommend

 The base S trim is short on features, and the best it has to offer is the standard 4 speaker sound system with Bluetooth. So, if you want value for your money, upgrade to SV trim as it has a lot more to offer than the base trim.

2019 Nissan Versa Engine and Performance

4.7/10
“With a meager 109-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a nontraditional continuously variable transmission (CVT) and uninspiring handling, the Versa Note offers little in terms of performance. This is strictly a point A to point B car with minimal entertainment in between.”-Edmunds

The Versa Note hatchback is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine. The small motor is rated for 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. Gear shifting duties are done by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine is underpowered, it struggles to move almost 2500 lbs. of hatchback. So it will take some time before you reach decent speeds.

2019 Nissan Versa engine
2019 Nissan Versa engine

Models

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

MSRP

$15,650

$16,400

$16,190

$19,420

$19,500

Engine

1.6l I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

1.4L Turbocharged I4

2.0L I4

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

109 @ 6,000

130@6300

130@6600

138@4900

147@6200

Torque

107 @ 4,400

119@4850

114@4600

148@1850

132@4500

The Versa Note hatchback can be used as a city commuter. Nissan Versa’s power output is the lowest in the segment. You would be better off with selecting something a little more powerful. Honda and Kia offer 130 hp output while Chevy Sonic is equipped with a turbocharged engine. Hyundai Veloster comes with the biggest (2.0-liter) engine in this comparison.

Acceleration

Nissan Versa Note is not going to win you any races. The zero to sixty mph is run in 9.9 seconds and the quarter mile is passed in 17.6 seconds. It takes painfully long to achieve decent speeds. The CVT drones while doing higher speeds. There isn’t much to say about the Nissan Versa.

2019 Nissan Versa
2019 Nissan Versa Acceleration

2019 Versa Note can of tackle city driving but it is a different story when it comes to highway driving. You need to plan your overtaking maneuvers well. You will also need to floor the gas pedal and overwork the little engine, a lot more than any other subcompact.

Models

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

0-60 MPH

9.9 seconds*

8.5 seconds

8.2 seconds

8.2 seconds*

8.2 seconds

Quarter mile

17.6 seconds*

16.7 seconds

16.4 seconds

-

16.4 seconds

Engine

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

1.4L I4

2.0L I4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

-

5.5

4.9

-

-

Most of the cars in this comparison achieve their zero to sixty mph run in the sub-8-second window. Honda Fit, Chevy Sonic, and Hyundai Veloster tie for the first place with their 8.2-second naught to sixty run. Nissan Versa Note almost takes 10-seconds to achieve a similar feat.

*Data from 2018 has been used

Ride and Handling

The Nissan Versa doesn’t score high on the fun factor. The Versa doesn’t respond well to any enthusiastic input from the driver. Although the steering wheel has been weighed nicely, the tall body means a lot of body roll when you corner. The Versa has been equipped with skinnier tires in favor of fuel efficiency which take away all the fun you can have.

The driving experience is best described as serene. There’s no engine noise, or for that matter, the whine associated with electric motors that you might have experienced with earlier electrics. You might hear some far-off wind and tire noise, but that’s about it. Unlike the first generation to bear the name, the 2019 Leaf feels more substantial.

Braking

The Versa also follows the industry trend of using discs brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. Versa Note hatchback covers 188 feet before coming to a halt from a 70 mph. The Honda Fit has the best in comparison stopping power, Honda Fit takes 179 feet to stop from a similar speed.

2019 Nissan Versa Wheel
2019 Nissan Versa wheel

Model

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

Brake Front (in.)

10

11

10.3

-

11

Brake Rear (in.)

8

8

7.9

-

10.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2,474

2714

2568

2819

2899

70-0 MPH (ft.)

188*

182

179

168*

-

2019 Nissan Versa Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Versa’s small engine lacks power and to compensate for this shortage it is pushed to the limits on a regular basis. 2019 Versa Note offers a combined fuel economy of 34 miles to the gallon. If we consider the competition, Versa Note hatchback’s fuel economy could have been better than the Fit if the engine wasn’t overworked so often.

Model

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

MPG (city)

31

28

33

26

27

MPG (highway)

39

37

40

34

34

MPG (combined)

34

32

36

29

30

2019 Nissan Versa Interior

7.3/10
“No Versa has an especially dressy interior. Hard plastic surfaces dominate its dashboard and doors. The carpet has a distinctly budget feel and even the cloth upholstery on all trims doesn’t impress.”-TheCarConnection

Seating and Comfort

The Versa isn’t about the luxury, Versa doesn’t try to hide its low price tag. The hard plastic trim is all around. The upholstery is thin and Versa’s cheapness is evident. The droning sound of the CVT can unpleasant while traveling long distances. Versa is equipped with a softly tuned suspension that soaks all the bumps and road undulations, pretty well. 

2019 Nissan Versa seating
2019 Nissan Versa Seating

Models

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front Headroom

41.2

40.8

38.9

39.5

38.7

Shoulder room

51.7

54.1

54.8

53.4

56.0

Legroom

41.3

42.1

41.4

41.8

42.6

Rear HEadroom

37.6

38.0

38.0

37.5

38.1

Shoulder room

51.9

53.3

52.6

53.0

54.3

Headroom

38.3

33.5

39.3

34.6

34.1

In spite of its smaller dimensions, the Versa hatchback has loads of interior space on offer. The front headroom (40.8-inches) is easily one of the best in the segment. Even the rear seats have decent space, at 38.3-inches rear headroom is better than most of the competitors in the segment.

Interior Features

The Nissan Versa offers a modest list of interior features. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • 7" touch-screen display
  • 4-way manual driver's seat
  • 60/40 Split fold-down rear seats
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Silver accents on dash and vent rings

Infotainment

Versa Note is offered with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a four-speaker audio system. The infotainment system is an example of a bare-bones setup with aux input and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The response time is better than most of the popular smartphones.

2019 Nissan Versa infotainment
2019 Nissan Versa Infotainment Display

The interface is intuitive to use and comes loaded with the following tech :

  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • Four USB ports (two front, two rear)
  • A six-speaker audio system

Cargo Capacity

Nissan does well when you need to store items in the trunk. The hatchback offers 18.8 cu-ft. of trunk space. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be folded to increase the cargo volume even further. The Versa doesn’t have many cubby spaces for storing items inside the cabin.

2019 Nissan Versa trunk
2019 Nissan Versa Trunk Space

Model

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

18.8

17.4

16.6

19.0

19.9

2019 Nissan Versa front seat
2019 Nissan Versa front seat
2019 Nissan Versa
2019 Nissan Versa
2019 Nissan Versa Instrumental Cluster
2019 Nissan Versa Instrumental Cluster
2019 Nissan Versa rear seat
2019 Nissan Versa rear seat
2019 Nissan Versa door
2019 Nissan Versa door
2019 Nissan Versa center console
2019 Nissan Versa center console
2019 Nissan Versa cupholder
2019 Nissan Versa cupholder

2019 Nissan Versa Exterior

3.0/10
“We’ve already put forward the argument that hatchbacks can be more aesthetically pleasing than their sedan siblings. It could quite easily ring true in this case. Short overhangs, sculpted doors and a large rear spoiler above the rear window (on the SR model) convey a fun character. From a purely practical point of view, the tall doors mean easy entry and exit. The wide-opening rear doors, meanwhile, prove their worth when fitting a child seat, and when buckling in or extracting your bundle of Cheerios-covered joy.”-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

The Versa Note shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Versa sedan but it doesn’t share in the dated design of the sedan. The Versa Note is one of the more attractive options in the subcompact segment. Compared to the Versa sedan, the Versa hatchback has a sleeker front fascia and updated headlights. At 163.7 inches, the Versa hatchback is one of the longest cars in the subcompact class. It also has a wheelbase of 102.4 inches which results in a generous passenger volume.

2019 Nissan Versa side view
2019 Nissan Versa Side View

Model

Nissan Versa Note

Kia Rio Hatchback

Honda Fit

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Hyundai Veloster

Curb weight (lbs.)

2,474

2714

2568

2896

2899

Length(in)

163.7

160.0

161.4

159.8

166.9

Width(in)

66.7

67.9

67.0

68.3

70.9

Height(in)

60.5

57.1

60.0

59.7

55.1

Ground clearance (in)

-

5.5

4.4

-

-

Wheelbase (in)

102.4

101.6

99.6

99.4

104.3

Track width (in) F/R

58.3/ 58.5

59.8/60.0

58.3/58.0

59.4/ 59.4

61.0/ 61.5

Exterior Features

  • Active grille shutters
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Led headlights with signature
  • Led fog lights
  • External ground lighting
  • Heated outside mirrors with led turn signal indicators
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Acoustic laminated glass
2019 Nissan Versa front view
2019 Nissan Versa front view
2019 Nissan Versa rear view
2019 Nissan Versa rear view
2019 Nissan Versa embelm
2019 Nissan Versa emblem
2019 Nissan Versa headlight
2019 Nissan Versa headlight
2019 Nissan Versa taillight
2019 Nissan Versa taillight

2019 Nissan Versa Safety

2.0/10

The 2019 Nissan Versa hatch is offered with safety features like stability control, rearview camera, and six airbags. It misses out on active driving aids like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitors as a standard feature. Some of these features have been mentioned below.

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and safety stops
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams

 

2019 Nissan Versa Competition

Versa Note vs Kia Rio

Kia Rio is powered by a 130 hp inline-four engine. The prices for the 2019 Kia Rio start at $16,400. Kia Rio is a well-known nameplate in the subcompact segment. The space for front passengers is good but the rear seats might feel cramped for three passengers. For a budget car, the Rio checks most of the correct boxes. It has well laid out cabin and more appealing interior trim. It handles better than the Nissan Versa.

2019 Kia rio
2019 Kia Rio

Versa Note vs Honda Fit

Honda Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter engine which produces 130 horsepower. The pricing for the base trim of the Honda Pilot starts at $16,190. Honda Fit scores high on utility. Honda offers better passenger room and cargo space. It is also offered with Honda’s suite of safety features – Honda Sensing at the higher trim levels. The Fit offers better fuel economy, utilitarian magic seats, and considerably better resale value. Honda Fit also offers a better interior trim than the Versa Note.

2019 Honda Fit
2019 Honda Fit

Versa Note vs Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevrolet Sonic is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower. Chevy Sonic is easier to drive because of its turbocharged engine. This makes the Sonic a more fun to drive car in a segment where most cars have normally aspirated engines. Chevy Sonic can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic at all trim levels. If you are looking for a fun driving experience then the Chevy Sonic should be high on the list.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic
2019 Chevrolet Sonic

 

2019 Nissan Versa Final Verdict

Nissan Versa Note is powered by a 109 hp inline-four engine. The Versa hatchback is available in three trim levels. The prices for the 2019 Nissan Versa hatchback start at $15,650. Versa is only available with a CVT transmission. The space for front passengers is good but the rear seats also offer decent room for three passengers. The Versa is better suited for city driving but it struggles on the highway.

For a budget car, the Versa checks most of the essential boxes. It has well laid out cabin, generous cargo space and a very competitive price but if you are looking to keep your car for a long time and use it for a personal basis then your money would be better spent elsewhere.