The Nissan NP 200 is a Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) designed for the emergent markets and is built in South Africa at Nissan’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria. The vehicle was designed for light duty commercial purposes and competes against models like the Peugeot Hoggar and Fiat Strada.
The Nissan NP 200 comes as a replacement for the old 1400 model and it’s powered by a highly efficient 1.6 liter engine which delivers a maximum output of 85 hp and 128 Nm of torque. Thanks to its torquey engine, the vehicle has a maximum load capacity of 800 kg. The Nissan NP 200 is offered with a class-leading warranty of 6 years or 150 000km.
Unlike its rivals, the Nissan NP 200 features a pretty basic design which hasn’t anything to stand out from the crowd. The overall design is clean without any dynamic creases to break up the monotony.
Up front there is a big V shaped radiator grille which features a pretty modern design and hosts the big Nissan Badge in its center. The hood continues the dull overall design, but it received two shy creases that converge towards the grille.
Our favorite part found at the exterior is the aggressive front bumper which has a modern style and gives the vehicle a rugged look. It’s also fitted with a hexagonal air intake and two neatly integrated round fog lamps.
The wheel arches are fitted with black plastics protections, while along the sides there are horizontal rubber stripes that further enhance the utilitarian character of the vehicle.
The load bed has a width of 1024 mm (between wheel arches) and a length of 1807 mm which is more than enough to permit you to carry big loads in complete safety.
On the inside, the Nissan NP200 looks pretty rudimentary with cheap plastics and a doubtful build quality. The overall design is rugged and isn’t as practical as the one from the Fiat Strada or Peugeot Hoggar. Fortunately you are treated with plenty of space and you won’t complain about leg or head room either.
The center console received a shiny silver treatment which looks pretty cheap and fails to give the interior a sporty feel. On the other hand we like the silver inserts that surround the circular air vents.
We find the big white faced gauges of the instrument cluster pretty easy to easy read and we also like the multifunctional center display. The center console is laid out in the classical way, with the audio system on top and the HVAC controls at the bottom, in front of the gear knob.
Unfortunately, the steering column isn’t adjustable, but the seats are multi-adjustable, and it’s easy to get comfy regardless of your size and shape. The road visibility is decent with pretty thin A pillars, a large windscreen and wide lateral windows.
Storage places abound and the Nissan NP 200 is equipped with the expected amount of cup holders and cubby holes to keep any driver satisfied. As indicated by the addition of quarter windows behind the doors, there’s also some extra useful stowage space behind the seats.
Engines and performance
The Nissan NP 200 is available with a 1.6 liter engine which develops 85 hp at 5500 rpm. The maximum torque is rated at 128 Nm achieved from 3000 rpm which is far from being the best in the business but it offers decent towing abilities.
The engine isn’t as refined as Fiat’s units as it feels a bit harsh when you rev it hard, but we’ll have to admit that it offers a proper punch, coping well with the city traffic. The engine is pretty efficient too, being able to score a combined fuel consumption of 8.1 liters/100 km.
The engine is married to a standard five speed gearbox. The first two gears are very short, thus improving the vehicle’s towing abilities.
The cab is pretty good isolated and you can run with 120 kmph without being disturbed by wind noise.
Nissan NP 200 Engines Specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||Nm @ rpm|
|1.6||85 @ 5500||128 @ 3000|
Ride and handling
The Nissan NP 200 uses independent McPherson struts with wishbone at the front and an H-shaped axle with coil spring and anti roll bar at the rear. The ride is more on the harsh side of things, but the vehicle has pretty good road stability.
The steering is pretty accurate but the overall handling isn’t something to rave about and you’ll find better performances at the Peugeot Hoggar.
The stopping power is decent with front discs and rear drums assisted by an optional ABS system. For increased safety, the vehicle is also offered with optional driver and passenger airbags. An additional feature is the impact-absorbent material underfoot found in the dashboard and doors, which is used for minimizing damage during impact.
The Nissan NP200 is a rugged and efficient workhorse which is capable of doing its job without too much drama. Its generous load area can be used for a wide range of applications and can transport voluminous loads and also generous weights with ease.
The cabin however is far from being the most comfortable environment you’ll find around due to its poor build quality and the cheap looking materials. On the other hand, the seats offer a decent mount of comfort and the overall ergonomy is adequate.
The 1,6 engine could’ve been stronger, but we’ll have to admit that you won’t need to worry about fuel consumption as it’s among the most efficient units you’ll find in this segment. On the other hand, ride and handling aren’t something to rave about, as the Nissan NP 200 is a half step behind its rivals.