European-market cars are often much more firmly sprung than those sold in North America. Either our roads are much worse, our car buyers are much less tolerant of a firm ride, or both.
This said, I enjoyed driving the 2014 Versa Note much more than I did the 2012 sedan. They revised the suspension tuning on the sedan this year, so it might now also drive better.
2014 Nissan Versa Note Pros and Cons: Michael's Review