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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.
Nissan boasts that the Versa Sedan has the cabin space of a mid-size sedan. If you go strictly by the numbers that may be true; but we wouldn't call it upscale in any way, or capable of making a car full of average or taller adults truly comfortable.
The front seats in the Versa have an odd construction that contours around your back and holds you in place; yet the bottom cushions let you slide around, and they're quite short. Trunk space is huge for a subcompact or compact sedan, but it's odd that rear seatbacks don't fold forward—not even as a single piece—on many of the models. Chalk it up to cost-cutting.
The Versa's suspension is soft and absorbent compared to many other small-car models, so ride quality is quite good, and the Versa soaks up urban potholes or freeway choppiness quite well.
Materials and trims are no revelation here; the hard and hollow dash materials impress as every bit as cheap as the Versa's sub-$13,000 base price (including destination).
In CVT versions especially, there's quite a lot of engine noise when accelerating; road coarseness is also an issue inside, especially on the highway, even though you'd think the soft suspension would soak up some of it. You won't mistake the Versa's interior for anything much above its price point.
If you're okay with a no-frills feel throughout, the Versa Sedan is quite spacious and comfortable.