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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Hardly a recipe to whet the collective American appetite
Car and Driver
I don't know many people who would call the Versa sedan a looker
Controls are logically placed and, for the most part, clearly marked
From most angles, the two body styles of the 2010 Nissan Versa, a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, look quite different either from a distance or up close.
Reviews show mixed reactions, but most tend to agree with TheCarConnection.com and Motor Trend's opinion that the hatchback is definitely "the more distinct-looking sibling." Car and Driver says the style is "hardly a recipe to whet the collective American appetite”, while Kelley Blue Book reviewers don't mind the exterior styling, contending that "the tidy Versa succeeds at not being boxy or bland," and the car's proportions make it "exceptionally easy to enter." Edmunds states that "both body styles come in base 1.8 S and more upscale 1.8 SL trim levels," though the only external differences are "alloy wheels" on the 1.8 SL. The exterior of the Nissan Versa certainly isn't exciting, but it is practical and a bit of an optical illusion. Cars.com reviewers comment that "at first glance, you might think the Nissan Versa sedan is a subcompact," but in reality, it's "less than an inch shorter than a Honda Civic and just two inches shorter than a Mazda3." The reason for the subcompact appearance is the "funky front end, tall roofline and squished rear," which Cars.com considers a "look that's common to Japanese subcompacts," although on the 2010 Nissan Versa, those elements "don't flow together well."
Inside, the Versa is no-frills but cleanly designed, with an upright, squared-off instrument panel that's refreshingly simple. On the whole, journalists are impressed by the interior of the 2010 Versa. ConsumerGuide gives the interior high marks for the "logically placed and, for the most part, clearly marked" controls. Cars.com reviewers also approve of the dash inside the Nissan Versa, finding that it "appears more like its big brother, the Sentra," a slightly more expensive vehicle in Nissan's lineup. Interior space is also impressive, and MotherProof reports that the interior is "far bigger" than it appears from the outside, while Cars.com describes it as "cavernous." The 2010 Nissan Versa is designed to maximize the space afforded by its small dimensions, and Nissan does an incredible job in that regard.
From the outside, the Nissan Versa can appear to be bland and uninteresting, especially in sedan form; a simple but well laid-out interior redeems the design.