Nissan NV300 Van Review 2017
If you are considering a van this year, and you are courting the Vauxhall Vivaro, Fiat Talento, or the Renault Trafic, then you may want to consider one rival in the form of a Nissan NV300. Built in the same factory as all three of the above in France, it may offer the best choice for the savvy driver looking for a business van lease.
What’s on offer with the Nissan NV300?
Nissan claim that they have decided to go with the new design of the NV300, to match the looks of their retail range of SUVs. The car-like design is continued also on the inside, and is very similar to the Trafic. The NV300 is available to buy in the same car trims you will find; Visia, Acenta, and Tekna; and all panel vans come with hill start assist, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and heated door mirrors. Acenta trim brings air conditioning, body-coloured panels, a smartphone dock, front fog lights and rear parking sensors, while Tekna throws in rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control and the NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.
There’s only one engine to choose from – the 1.6 litre dCi that’s used in the Qashqai and X-Trail – but comes in four states of tune. There are two single-turbo versions offering 94 and 118 bhp and two twin-turbo offerings with 123 bhp and 143 bhp. All engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The most efficient panel van is the lesser-powered 123 bhp twin-turbo model, which reaches a claimed 47.8-mpg and 155 g/km, thanks to the addition of start/stop that the single turbo engines do without. The Combi nine-seater version manages to do a little better at 50.4 mpg and 145 g/km. The solitary 1.6 litre diesel engine is available in four states of tune: 94 bhp, 119 bhp, 123 bhp and 143 bhp.
The NV300 is 110mm longer than the outgoing Primastar, so that means even the smallest version can carry three Euro-pallets, 10 sheets of plasterboard or up to 270 inflated footballs with a load space of 5.2m-cubed. The tallest and longest model is capable of carrying up to 8.6m-squared.
Safe as houses
All Nissan NV300 models come with a range of safety tech fitted as standard; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, stability control, traction control and hill start assist are equipped no matter which model or configuration you choose. If you go for the nine-seater Combi version, tyre pressure monitoring is fitted, too.
The Nissan NV300 offers home comforts on the road
The material quality is impressive too, as a result of the passenger car connections, with soft-touch plastics used to top the dashboard. Other plastics lower down are pretty hardwearing and durable, while the instrument cluster is clear and easy to read. Options include a Rear Glazing Pack that adds a fixed window to the steel bulkhead, glazed rear doors, a heated rear screen and rear wipers. There are also various practical accessories like mobile phone and tablet holders and little touches like a delivery note holder, a separate space for your laptop and a tachograph. Nissan will also factory-fit protective wood panelling and LED lights in the load bay.
For the driver that wants to feel at home on the road, the Nissan NV300 could be the perfect choice. Or, as a fleet owner that wants to treat drivers with comfortable, adaptable vehicles that makes their job easier, you could win over even the pickiest of driver with this vehicle.