Nissan NV400 Review & Buyers’ Guide

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nv400-2012-bg4Previewed at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, Nissan’s replacement for the Interstar range of large panel vans and chassis cabs is due to go on sale in the UK in November 2011.


Nissan NV400 Review & Buyers’ Guide

£18,995 – £30,045

nv400-2012-bg4Available as: Van, Crew Cab, Chassis Cab, Chassis Double Cab, Platform Cab, Dropside, Tipper, Box Van, Refrigerated, Minibus Engine options: 2.3TD 100/125/150hp Volume (m³): 8.0 – 17.0 Payload (kg): 1,030 – 2,254


Our Verdict

A welcome addition to the Nissan line-up, but the extent to which it succeeds will depend heavily on the ability of the manufacturer’s dealers to get to grips with the light commercial market.

nv400-2012-bg2While Nissan may sometimes appear to be in denial about the fact, there is no escaping the bald truth: the new NV400 is a re-badged and slightly-restyled version of Alliance partner Renault’s Master and is also on sale as Vauxhall’s Movano.

That does not mean that it is a bad van, however — far from it — and the restyling makes it look the most appealing of the three in our opinion.

Grossing at from 2.8 to 4.5 tonnes and up for grabs with either front- or rear-wheel drive, NV400 is marketed solely with a 2.3-litre dCi Euro 5 diesel generating 100hp, 125hp or 150hp. CO2 emissions run from 214g/km to 260g/km and the engine is married to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an automated manual transmission.

Load volumes range from 8.0m3 to 17.0m3 while gross payload capacity extends from 1,030kg to 2,254kg.

nv400-2012-bg3aThere are two trim levels — E and SE — and it is worth noting that front-wheel drive models in SE specification come with Electronic Stability Programme as do their rear-drive counterparts. Ask for ESP on any front-wheel drive Master/Movano and you will pay extra for it, although it is standard on rear-drive variants.

NV400 is quiet, rides and handles well and — if you opt for the 150hp engine — does not lack performance. Fuel consumption should not be an issue, apart from the outrageous price of the fuel thanks to taxation, as the engines are latest generation.

Service intervals are set at two years/25,000 miles and NV400, which replaces the Interstar — itself a re-badged version of the previous Master/Movano — is protected by a three-year/100,000-mile warranty.

A crew van variant is available along with dropsides, tippers and box-bodied chassis cabs.

 
 
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