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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
As expected in this price class, the Versa’s interior suffers from granite-hard surfaces and flagrant cost cutting.
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Nissan's designers seem to have distilled the essence of every cheap car made over the last 10 years with this interior.
The biggest surprise is rear seat legroom, which is ridiculously accommodating for such a small car at 37 inches.
The climate dials are crude, and shiny molded plastic covers everything else. Forget armrests — the doors have a hard outcropping for your elbow. It's better than what your inboard elbow gets, which is nothing at all, even in the Versa SL.
The Versa Sedan’s interior is comfortable, but we wouldn't call it upscale in any way. Nissan boasts that, in theory, it has the cabin volume of a mid-size car, but in reality four six-foot adults are probably not going to be very comfortable on a daylong drive.
Front seats in the Versa sedan are rather short, with an odd construction that contours around your back to help hold you in place, while the bottom cushions are flat and not at all snug. We love the Versa Hatchback's abundant headroom and versatile configuration, with 17.8 cubic feet of space even with the seats up; the sedan has a huge trunk, but seatbacks don't fold down on many of the models.
That said, ride quality is good among very affordable small cars, and the Versa seems to take on urban potholes or freeway choppiness quite well. And you certainly don't get much of a deal when it comes to materials and trims; the hard and hollow dash materials impress as every bit as cheap as the Versa's $11,750 base price (including destination).
You probably won't have high expectations for cabin refinement, but if you do, the Versa's coarse engine note during acceleration (especially with the CVT) and the boom over coarse pavement surfaces, could be big disappointments.
The interior of the 2012 Nissan Versa is spacious--and comfortable enough if you're okay with a no-frills feel throughout.