Nissan NV300

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

 

No surprises.

Renault have been the number one van brand in Europe for 20 years. No surprise then that their best selling model the Trafic has found it’s way into the market with a Vauxhall, Fiat & now a Nissan badge on the front of it. The NV300 is Nissans new mid-size van & it’s based on the ever so popular Renault Trafic. It’s even built in the same factory as the Trafic & Talento & European Vivaros, in Sandouville, France. The Renault-Nissan Alliance means that both brands share parts as well as engines, so the NV300’s the interior is much like that of the Renault Trafic.

The NV300 is available with three trims; Visia, Acenta & Tekna trims, with all coming with hill start assist, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB & heated door mirrors. Acenta trim adds aircon, body-coloured panels, a smartphone dock, front fog lights& rear parking sensors, while Tekna includes in rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cruise control, the NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system with SatNav

You can choose from a panel van or crew van that are available in two different lengths & two different heights. There’s also a combi-nine-seat passenger van & a chassis cab model that can be fitted with a body of your choice. There’s only one engine to choose from the 1.6-litre dCi. There are two single-turbo versions offering 94bhp & 118bhp with two twin-turbo offerings of 123bhp and 143bhp. All engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox.

CC& V were lane the L1H1 125 2.7T Acenta twin-turbo, which offers a top sped of 109mph, a 0-62mph tome of 10.2 seconds, ( with Eco disengaged), combined economy of 47.9mpg & emissions of 155g/km. This is most efficient panel van thanks to the addition of Start/Stop that the single turbo engines do without. The Eco button is standard on all NV300 models, which decreases torque & softens the accelerator response to increase efficiency. I should say. I found that in non Eco mode I really couldn’t drive the NV300 properly. With Eco on it’s incredibly dull making everything go past in slow motion.

Inside, the cabin is comfortable as well as functional. Three seats are well spaced out around the gear stick, so that the middle passenger has room for their right leg. There’s good headroom as well. The Acenta I drove offers most of what you need in the way of equipment, but not SatNav or cruise-control, which I really missed. I drove over 500 miles in the NV300, 80% of this was on the motorway & a lot of that was in traffic. Cruise would have made life easier, ditto for SatNav. There is a full bulkhead hatch fitted as standard, allowing a relatively quiet drive & hands-free Bluetooth phone calls without too much background noise.

To chuck your stuff into, there’s a top-loading glovebox , two decent sized door bins, two pop-out cupholders fitted to the dashboard & a handy pull out drawer where I put my wallet again fitted to the dash. All in all, there are 89 litres of storage space in the cabin, most of which I utilised.

At 4,999mm long, 1,956mm wide without mirrors & with a wheelbase of 3,098mm, the NV300 offers the user 5.2m3 of load space. For longer loads there’s a useful hatch under the passenger seat, meaning that you can get materials up to 3.5 metres long in the van. I used this to buy a couple of pieces of wood that were 3m long. If you want to get even longer things in the bulkhead hatch, the rear door fitted with the number plate can be locked, while the opposite door is left open so long items can fit.

Thanks to appalling traffic, I experienced a near five-hour drive back from the Cotswolds to Altrincham. Utilising Google Maps on my iPhone & fitting my phone into the useful smartphone dock, Google sent me on an interesting journey along single track roads in Gloucestershire, as well as B roads in Staffordshire to avoid the jams. This meant that I was able to test the NV300 on all types of roads & over all kinds of obstacles including a Ford, cattle grids & in one instance a gravel track. It performed brilliantly. Not only did I find it easy to drive & to handle, it was also pretty quick when required, with 320Nm of torque, but not in Eco mode. Despite the roads travelled, I managed to average 39.8mpg in the NV300 which even though unladen, is pretty impressive.

If your NV300 goes wrong heaven forbid, it’s covered for five years or 100,000 miles, one year longer than the Trafic & two more than the Vauxhall Vivaro. Service intervals are every two years or 40,000 miles. Also part of the NV300’s warranty package is a five-year paintwork warranty, five years of cover for genuine Nissan parts and a 12-year corrosion warranty.

If you need to tow anything in your van, all versions of the NV300 will tow a 2,000kg braked trailer, or a 750kg unbraked trailer. We didn’t, but we did take advantage of the NV300, to transport most of my daughters stuff back to her student house in Leeds. This fitted perfectly flat on the van floor & was a real Godsend.

The LCV market is so big in the UK now & the van makers are really competing with each other to create commercials that are first & foremost a work horse, but are both now car-like to drive with specifications to match. The NV300 as with the Trafic, Vivaro & Talento is no different, all combining great load space, easy access, comfortable well-equipped cabin’s with practical touches. Competition though, in the form of the Transit Custom & the three identical models from Peugeot-Citroen-Toyota, in the form of the Expert, Dispatch & Proace have made choosing a van in this sector even harder. My 500+ miles spent in the NV300 wasn’t half bad & proved yet again that modern vans are almost like cars to drive.

A late to the party 3.75/5

 

NV300 L1H1 125 Acenta 2.7T. Price as tested £23,740 + vat 

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