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2008 Nissan Versa Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Nissan Versa was new.

The Versa gets high marks for interior comfort and quality. The Los Angeles Times finds that the Versa is just as "quiet, stout and reassuring" as its more expensive siblings, the Sentra and Altima.

From the comfort to the storage to the features, nearly all auto writers find something positive to report from inside the five seater. Although the base model is not as loaded with features as a Honda sedan, reviewers appreciate generous cargo space and a navigation system option.

Seating

Auto writers describe the Versa's interior as generous. As Kelley Blue Book depicts, "not too many larger cars are as easy to get into an out of, and as spacious for knees and feet, as the Versa." Automotive.com suggests riders try the back seats first to get an idea of the amount of room you'll have. "As you get in you'll be pleasantly surprised by the size of the rear door and how the front edge of the rear wheel does not intrude as you step in."

Trying the rear first is partially tied to a general displeasure at the 2008 Nissan Versa's front. As Edmunds notes, the front seats "lack adequate side bolstering, and the cushions are too short for optimum thigh support."

Interior Features

Reviewers praise the materials used to outfit the Versa. Automotive.com says the Versa "has made sure that most of the surfaces you touch, such as the armrests and door handles, have a soft feel to them. No hard plastics here." Automobile Magazine takes it a step further, writing, "take a look around, and it's evident the Nissan's dance with the devil's own bad plastics has finally ended."

Some reviewers did have concerns with how to keep cabin materials clean. CNET fears the S model's suede/tricot "upholstery on the seats and door panels might not stand up too well to a lifetime of soda spills." The About.com reviewer calls the Versa's interior a "magnet for dirt," then adds, "we have a dog that sheds. She never set a paw in the car, yet after a week it looked like she slept there – the seats worked like a giant lint brush, pulling all the dog hair off my clothes."

Several reviews dislike the features packaging. CNET complains, the Versa S "has to be one of the least-equipped cars we have reviewed here." Standard features on all Versas include air conditioning with an in-cabin microfilter, a tilt steering column, variable intermittent windshield wipers and rear intermittent wipers with washers. The rear window also has a defroster. Standard with the SL trims are features like remote keyless entry, an audio system with MP3 auxiliary input jack and power windows and locks.

Although Nissan has steadily been increasing the standard and optional features inside the Versa, the 2008 model does not offer a navigation system. Check out our GPS reviews if you're interested in a portable navigation unit for your car.

Cargo

As MSN notes, "cargo space is generous because a 'twist beam' rear axle allows for a deep cargo area," and other writers agree. As the About.com reviewer notes, the S trim's trunk "was surprisingly tall and long, and even my wife Robin's bulky massage table, which won't fit into many larger cars' trunks, was able to squeeze into the Versa sedan's cargo bay. Very impressive."

Storage is also provided in the upper dash and front door, and both the front and rear seats have cupholders.

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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