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NISSAN NV300 28 L1 DIESEL

2.0 dCi 120ps H1 Visia Van

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Nissan's NV300 is a mid-sized van that offers a very complete all-round package. Jonathan Crouch checks out the revised version.

Background

If your business is searching for a medium-sized light van, then you're certainly not short of choice. Ford's Transit Custom, Volkswagen's Transporter and Mercedes' Vito may all be options that spring to mind, though in truth, these stand-alone models account for a relatively small slice of the European market for mid-range LCVs of this kind. No, the biggest sales in this segment are spread across just two main designs shared by a variety of manufacturers. First there's the model badged variously as either a Citroen Dispatch, a Peugeot Expert, a Toyota Proace or a Vauxhall Vivaro. And up against it is the design that takes nearly 30% of the European market in this segment, the vehicle we're looking at here, badged as either a Fiat Talento, a Renault Trafic or, as in this case, a Nissan NV300. The Nissan is less familiar than its two design stablemates on British roads, despite the fact that it's priced sharply and offers a longer warranty. How much else has it to offer today's demanding operators? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

New 2.0-litre, turbocharged dCi engines and the availability of a six-speed DCT (Dual Clutch) automatic transmission ensure this NV300 LCV is better suited to the needs of business customers. All engines comply with Euro 6d-TEMP standards and, with a variable geometry turbocharger, achieve greater power outputs spanning 120hp, 145hp and 170hp and increased torque of up to 380Nm. All engines are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the 145 and 170hp versions can also be specified with a freshly introduced six-speed DCT automatic, which optimises economy and allows smoother, faster gear shifting. A 1.6-litre dCi unit with 95hp is offered at the base of the range. Nissan reckons that this NV300 will feel pretty much like a large MPV to drive and the driving position's as commanding as you would expect. Big door mirrors with convex surfacing on their lower and outer edges are present and correct to help with manoeuvring that can be aided by the neat wide angle mirror fitted to the back of the passenger sunvisor. Further embellishments intended to help you avoid urban scrapes include options like parking sensors and two kinds of rear view camera. This NV300 should prove to be a tough workhorse whatever its working conditions. Maybe that'll involve towing. If so, this vehicle's able, when equipped with a towing hitch, to pull a 750kg unbraked trailer and up to 2,000kg for a braked unit.

Design and Build

We're very familiar with this design now, though more so when it bears either a Renault or a Vauxhall badge. But it still has something of an avant garde look that works well with Nissan's distinctive 'V-motion' front grille. The outside of the NV300 isn't the big story here though. We reckon users will like the cabin. The NV300 interior has also been given an impressive revamp in recent times, thanks to upgraded seat fabric, satin chrome finishes, a smarter dashboard colour (black instead of the previous grey) and improved equipment, including a new-generation DAB audio system. The cabin feeling is much more like a modern People Carrier, with higher-end versions getting a chromed console surround, along with a chromed gear lever knob and chrome-finished front speaker trims, plus lidded dashboard stowage and reasonably high quality upholstery. Supportive seats offer high density foam padding. The front bench seat incorporates lateral strengthening for both the seat cushions and passenger seat backs. Comfort is further enhanced by the inclusion of an armrest built into the door panel. There is also a new-look interface on the 7-inch touchscreen, which replicates the familiar layout of a smartphone and provides fast access to maps and media services.

Market and Model

The NV300 is a flexible and highly adaptable LCV platform, with potentially diverse use catered for by four sizes of panel van (L1H1, L1H2, L2H1, L2H2), two sizes of six-seater crew van (L1H1, L2H1) plus a floor cab variant (L2H1). Prices start at around £21,500 ex VAT. Numerous rear tailgate and side door combinations - solid or glazed - are available for extra flexibility. For users who need space for passengers, there are two variants of the NV300 Combi (L1H1, L2H1), providing seating for up to nine people. Panel van pricing sits in the usual £20,000 to £30,000 ex vat bracket common to this class of mid-sized LCV and is, inevitably, very similar to that of design stablemates Vauxhall's Vivaro and Renault's Trafic. Factory-fitted protective wooden trim and LED roof lights are available, along with versatile interior racking, solid and glazed body-coloured bulkheads and up to 20 interior hooks for securing cargo. A tow ball with electric hook-up is on the options list, as is Trailer Sway Mitigation. For business customers with more bespoke LCV needs, the NV300 floor cab provides the perfect base for conversions across a wide range of industries. From camper vans and refrigerated transport to tipper trucks and multimedia broadcast units, versatility should be assured.

Practicalities and Costs

The NV300 panel van is offered in two lengths. The standard L1 configuration measures 4,998mm from stem to stern, with the L2 breaking the tape at 5,398mm. There are also two roof heights to choose from. Compared to its Primastar predecessor, you get an extra 100mm interior load length and cargo capacity ranges between 5.2 and 8.6 cubic metres. Even in the smallest L1 model, you can carry up to three standard Europallets and accommodate 10 x 2.5-metre plasterboard sheets. Nissan has also been smart about accommodating even longer loads too, with a flap that extends through the bulkhead and below the front seats to allow up to 2.95m long items. Need even more length? Then simply open a secondary flap that extends into the front footwell, allowing up to 3.2m long items to be taken on board. Of course, you could always just opt for the longer L2 model with its cavernous 4.15m load length. Efficiency is improved in this revised model, with the 145hp version delivering a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 0.6 L/100 km (NEDC back-translated values). A thoughtful touch is the 'Eco Mode' you can select by pressing the button by the gearstick. This restricts the pulling power of the engine and promotes greater efficiency. We shouldn't forgot what is possibly this model's strongest selling point either, the five year /100,000 mile warranty that's far better than the packages rivals offer.

Summary

This NV300 van certainly looks a competitive proposition. We like the efficient engines, the spacious load bay, the hugely practical cab and the decent quality throughout. But should you select it with a Nissan badge rather than from a Renault or a Vauxhall showroom? Aggressive pricing matched by a superior class-leading warranty suggests that perhaps you should. A tempting package then, for cost-conscious business buyers shopping in this sector. It won't be the first contender you think of in this segment but it remains one of the more sensible choices you could make.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency48.70mpg
Emissions
Emissions154.00g/km

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audio switch on steering
  • Bluetooth
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • PAS
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Aux port
  • Digital radio (DAB)
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • 180 degree unglazed rear french doors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Electric front windows with one touch drivers window
  • Fog lights
  • Glazed left side sliding door
  • Heated exterior mirror with temperature sensor
  • Right side sliding door glazed

Interior Features

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver seat with lumbar support
  • Full steel bulkhead
  • Normal heating system
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering wheel

Safety

  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • 3 button key with single door opening
  • Alarm
  • Superlocking

Technical

  • ABS + EBD
  • ESP
  • Hill start assist

Wheels

  • 16" steel wheels
  • Full size spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2
    154
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    179

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Bore
    85
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1997
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Codes
    M920v g5
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Stroke
    88
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    Yes
  • EC Combined
    48.7
  • EC Extra Urban
    51.4
  • EC Urban
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    41.5

General

  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    120
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    25000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Steering
    PAS
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    No
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    120
  • Engine Power KW
    88
  • Engine Power RPM
    3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    236
  • Engine Torque MKG
    32.6
  • Engine Torque NM
    320
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1500

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    NEDC Correlated

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    933
  • Height
    1971
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4999
  • Load Deck Height
    552
  • Load Height
    1387
  • Load Length
    2537
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1268
  • Load Width
    1662
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1391
  • Rear Door Height
    1320
  • Rear Overhang
    968
  • Side Load Door Height
    1284
  • Side Load Door Width
    1030
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.8
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    12.4
  • Wheelbase
    3098
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1956
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2283

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    80
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2780
  • Load Space Volume
    5.2
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1699
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1081
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Julie Judge

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