The Versa’s exterior is simple, if not straightforward, marked by the brand’s horse-collar grille up front and honed in by expressive headlamps. Overall, the canvas attempts to emulate Nissan’s larger models, but falls short, in part because of its size. The base model seems quite spartan, but once you move up the trim level chain you get such features as chrome trim and aluminum wheels. Still, the overall look is focused on value.
The interior is surprisingly roomy, nearly matching some compact models. Four can sit comfortably thanks to the ample second-row legroom, although squeezing a fifth person in to sit in the back requires some negotiation with passengers on either side. The tall roofline delivers an extra measure of room not available in most competing models. The 14.9-cubic-foot trunk is very large for this segment and offers more room than some midsize models.
The cabin is spartan with plastics and some soft-touch materials evident, although the latter seems in more abundance than some other models. The knobs and buttons are easy to discern, the layout is clean and the instrument panel is uncomplicated.