Nissan’s lineup of commercial vehicles is among the largest you’ll find around, but despite this fact the company didn’t manage to catch too much attention from the buyers. The Nissan NV200 however, was received with better eyes by the market mostly because it has the biggest load area in its class and a good reliability. The vehicle also comes with a spacious and comfortable interior and features a modern and attractive design.
Thanks to its relatively small dimensions, it’s also easy to be driven around town and it has a maximum payload capacity of 771kg. The vehicle has a starting price of $23000 and is powered by a 1.5 dCi diesel which develops a maximum power of 86hp.
The Nissan NV200 features a pretty modern design with a tasty front grille and dynamic swept back headlights.
The wraparound bumper gels great with the rest of the design and we also like the raked bonnet which was designed to improve the straight road visibility.
The sloped windscreen improves the vehicle’s aerodynamics and also gives it a touch of sportiness. We especially like the dynamic side windows which are fairly big and offer a proper lateral visibility.
The side view reveals the flared wheel arches which underline the utilitarian nature of the NV200, while the big sliding side door offers easy access to the load area. For more practicality, at back we find side hinged gates which come with a wide opening angle further facilitating access to the cargo bay.
It’s also worth to be mentioned that the Nissan NV200 offers the largest cargo area in its class. Despite its overall length of only 4.400 mm, the load area length is 2.040 mm. At 1.84m high the NV200 is at par with its rivals, but the 520mm from ground level, gives it the lowest floor in the class which is translated in easier loading but also boosts the cargo volume to 4.1m3.
On the inside, the NV200 looks pretty good and there is a fair amount of room for both driver and passenger. Though the dashboard design isn’t something to rave about but the materials and fittings are better than expected.
The airy interior is combined with an uncluttered center console and a tasty three spoke steering wheel. We like the gear knob position, but the steering wheel isn’t offered with any adjustments. Though the seats are fairly big and offer a proper amount of comfort. They are also available with a few convenient adjustments which will make your life behind the steering wheel much easier.
Above the gear lever the centre section houses the heating and ventilation controls and the double DIN radio controls, all of them being fairly easy to reach.
Due to their high position, the front seats offer an excellent road visibility which is also enhanced by the generous door windows and the plate sized exterior mirrors.
There are also a few useful storage places around the cabin so you won’t have any complains about this department either.
On the features list you’ll find Nissan’s Intelligent Key, power windows and ESP, while the safety is assured by ABS with brake assist (BA) and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) as standard. Driver and passenger airbags are also standard with curtain airbags available as an option. There is also an optional rear view camera which will come handy during parking and is a unique feature that can’t be found to other vans in this segment.
Engines and transmissions
Under the hood, the vehicle is equipped with a 1.5 liter dCi turbo diesel engine. This unit was engineered together with Renault and develops a maximum output of 86 hp @ 3750 rpm with 200 Nm of torque achieved from as low as 2000 rpm.
The engine is combined with a five speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels. The gearbox is pretty good and has smooth shifts, hence you won’t have any major complains about it.
The diesel units offers a generous torque which is spread on a wide range of revs allowing you to make only minimum downshifts in order to keep the vehicle nimble. Moreover, the dCi is also surprisingly smooth and remains well educated even when it gets close to the redline.
Nissan NV200 Engines Specifications
Ride and handling
Despite its bulky design, the Nissan NV200 feels pretty small behind the steering wheel. At the front it gets MacPherson strut suspensions and a single leaf spring rear axle. This configuration is translated in a pretty smooth ride as the vehicle is able to deal well with occasional road bumps and keeps interior vibrations to a minimum level.
We also like that despite its tall height, the NV200 has a pretty small body roll which is kept in check with the use of a front anti roll bar that was attached to the strut thus offering a proper stability at both low and high speeds.
The power steering is at par with its rivals and has a sharp and precise feel without being overly light or too heavy.
Given its utilitarian nature, the NV200 looks pretty modern. Moreover, it offers the biggest load area in its class which means that it’s more practical than most of its rivals. The interior comfort isn’t as good as other models, but it offers a good ergonomy and there is also the option of a rear view camera which can’t be found at many other vans.
Luckily, you won’t have any complains about the diesel engine either, as it offers a proper amount of power and it’s among the smoothest units in its class.
We also need to send a shout to the superior handling abilities which are among the best you’ll find around.