NISSAN NV400 2.5D SE COMFORT L2H2 3500 SAT MANUAL
As Nissan aim to sell more commercial vehicles in the UK with the launch of their brand new electric van the e-NV200, it may be easy to forget that they also offer a larger van the NV400. Although it’s looks have been tweaked by Nissan particularly the front, it is actually a joint venture with Renault & Vauxhall sharing most of it’s DNA with both.
The NV400 grosses 2.8-4.5t & is on offer with the choice of either front- or rear-wheel drive, with three different wheelbases, four different lengths & three different heights. It’s volumes range from 8m3 to 17m3 & in keeping with the competition, it’s also available as a crew van, tipper, drop side & as a box-bodied chassis cab. Power comes courtesy of a 2.3-litre dCi Euro V tried & tested Renault diesel engine with 100 bhp, 125 bhp or 150 bhp. You can also choose from a 6-speed manual or auto gearbox, the former likely to prove the more popular & the one that was fitted to my SE test model.
NV400 SE’s come well equipped with Bluetooth, electric windows, electric exterior mirrors, an aux-in socket, Bluetooth, Tom Tom, rear parking sensors, ABS, EBD, a drivers air bag & cruise control. I struggled to find the cruise control which is normally located on the steering wheel. In the NV400’s case it’s actually a button on the dashboard which I did find in the end. The stereo & SatNav display is housed in a swivelling unit positioned where the interior rear view mirror would normally be. The driver’s seat,with an armrest & the steering column are height-adjustable & the drivers seat is comfortable with plenty of head & shoulder room.
Storage space is excellent, with shelves above the windscreen on both the driver and passenger sides, a small shelf between them, four bins of varying sizes, one of which will accommodate a large bottle of water in the doors. There are an additional four shelves on top of the dashboard & the ubiquitous glove box is a good size. The centre seat’s back can be folded down & transformed into a desk that can be swivelled towards the driver. As with most vans in this class, the gear lever binnacle protrudes into the leg space of the centre front passenger & hinders cross cab leg movement. There’s a shelf above the radio/CD player and a two-tier shelf in the middle of the dashboard – the upper tier incorporates two cup-holders – that robs the centre passenger of some knee space. with the adjacent moulding projecting from the fascia on hindering cross-cab movement.
Take the NV400 out on the road & it’s really quite good, being quiet & easy to use around town & with cruise control engaged, a pleasure too on the motorway. The full bulkhead keeps the cab fairly quiet & you can have a civilised conversation with your passengers & via Bluetooth without resorting to shouting. There was however a noticeable squeak coming from the bulkhead which was exasperated over uneven ground. The six-speed gear box was well set up & the clutch not too heavy. It also handled well for a van of it’s size. The claimed combined mpg for the NV400 I drove was 34 mpg. I averaged less about 29 mpg. CO2 emissions were 218g/km & the NV400 comes with a three-year/100,000-mile warranty with service intervals set at two years/25,000 miles.
You get into the van either via the twin rear doors and a sliding nearside door. Both the back doors can be swung through 90° or 180° if you unlatch the release stays. There are 8 tie downs mounted on the floor as well as 3 on each of the rear door pillars. Gross payload is 1620kg with a braked trailer gross of 2500kg. For those of you with a tape measure, the load bay is 3083mm long, 1765mm wide, narrowing to 1380mm between the wheel boxes & 1894mm high. Rear loading height is 562mm & the rear doors are open to 1580mm wide & 1820mm high. The dimensions for the side door are 1270mm wide by 1780mm wide. The cargo area itself is an impressive 10.8m3.
Just as with my review of the NV200, I found the NV400 to be a very competent performer & well worth a look at. Both Renault & Vauxhall shout louder than Nissan about their versions, but if you are in the market for this class of van, then the NV400 should be on your shopping list, because the Nissan NV400 is just as good as either & comes with the added bonus of being better looking.
A well kept secret 3.5/5.