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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Larger and more comfortable than other entry-level hatchbacks and sedans
Roomiest interior of any car in its class
Highlighted by lots of soft-touch materials
A ton of head- and legroom in front and back
For an entry-level car, the 2008 Nissan Versa genuinely surprises in terms of comfort, room, and overall quality, especially in SL trim.
The 2008 Nissan Versa offers seating room for five, but squeezing an adult into the middle rear seat can be a challenge. Overall, however, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com find that "the Nissan Versa's interior is notable for its spaciousness," as Edmunds reviewers put it. They find that the "tall roof makes headroom a non-issue, and its expansive legroom lets 6-foot-plus passengers sit comfortably in either the front or rear." Cars.com also adds that "the backseat actually has a ton of room, more than in a lot of midsize sedans," and "the seats are reclined a bit, which helps with headroom." However, despite the admirable overall comfort in the Nissan Versa, some reviewers, such as those at Mother Proof, find that the rear seats aren't "that comfortable, so longer drives could start to wear on your back." Most reviewers thought the seats were comfortable, though.
Interior space is easily one of the highlights on the 2008 Nissan Versa, as Nissan has done an incredible job of maximizing the volume inside the car. Beginning with the back of the car, reviewers at The Auto Channel find that they "had excellent trunk room (17.8 cubic feet)" during their drive, even with the rear seats in place, but if they need to, they could have folded those seats "to create the maximum carrying capacity of 50.4 cubic feet." Inside the cabin, Mother Proof reviewers are impressed by the "six cupholders." Other reviewers also approve of the practicality of the interior on Nissan's 2008 Versa, with ConsumerGuide writing, "there is plenty of interior storage, including front and rear map pockets."
Materials and build quality on the 2008 Nissan Versa brought divergent opinions. ConsumerGuide feels that the "interior is highlighted by lots of soft-touch materials and classy looking gauges -- uncommon at this price point." Cars.com testers also loved the "high-quality feel of the controls and dashboard materials" on their Nissan 2008 Versa. Car and Driver reviewers blast the "budget" interior and the fact that "hard plastics are omnipresent."
Despite the 2008 Nissan Versa's many redeeming comfort and quality features, it has intrusive noise levels. ConsumerGuide writes, "the quiet highway ride is disturbed by modest wind noise from the mirrors and some coarse-surface tire thrum." Edmunds also notes that the CVT "results in a raucous cabin environment" that is characterized by "noisy and gruff" engine sounds.
The 2008 Nissan Versa sports impressive interior space, but engine noise and some trim pieces detract.