Nissan NV200 Acenta 1.5 dCi £15475
Nissan don’t make too much noise about their commercial vehicles. In fact, when compared to the likes of Ford, Citroen, Mercedes & Volkswagen, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Nissan don’t do vans, only cars, with Nissans emphasis seemingly concentrated on the Qashqai & Juke. But offer vans they most certainly do & the smallest Nissan van the NV200 was the first Nissan commercial vehicle to arrive at CCV Towers for appraisal.
Unlike it’s fellow NV400 & Primastar, the NV200 is a Nissan.There’s a choice of three specced models, which are the Visia, Acenta & Tekna. I was driving the 89 bhp Acenta model which Nissan claims delivers 53.3 mpg/km fuel consumption & emits 139g/km of CO2. Unfortunately, Stop-Start isn’t available on the NV200, although every NV200 has a gearshift indicator on the dashboard to help drivers minimise their fuel consumption. Service intervals are 18,000 miles or two years.
Considering its compact dimensions, the NV200 offers generous space in the cab. The fixtures & fittings are adequate, with shiny black plastics making the dash a little bland. I found the drivers seat comfortable & the cabin as a whole wasn’t a bad place to be. All versions of the NV200 come with an immobiliser, remote central locking and superlocking for added security, while SE and N-tec vans add a rear view camera to aid reversing. I didn’t notice mine at first as it’s craftily located to the right of the speedo. Once seen though I found it very helpful. All vans come with an MP3-compatible stereo and steering wheel controls, plus USB/aux inputs, a trip computer as well as Bluetooth, which was very easy to set up & use. The only thing missing was air-con, which in the midst of a Summer heat wave seemed strange. It;s an extra £500 if you want it.
With 4.2 cubic m of volume & a 739kg payload, there’s enough room for two Europallets in the rear & loads up to 1.36m high will fit in, thanks to the tall roof. The basic E spec model is supplied with a tubular bulkhead behind the driver, whilst mty test model the SE as well as the N-tec have a full-steel bulkhead. All NV200 vans feature six load lashing points in the floor, while it’s easy to load from either side, because it’s fitted with twin sliding side doors.
There is strong competition in the sector from the likes of Doblo, Kangoo, Courier, Caddy & Citan, but cost wise & fuel wise the NV200 is a strong contender, even up against the best, although it does feel a bit old fashioned particularly up against the Ford. Still, if you want a budget van that will do a job for you then it’s most definitely worth a look.
Maximum Length mm 2040
Maximum Width mm 1500
Maximum Height mm 1358
Minimum Width between the Wheelarches mm 1220
Load Platform Height (Unladen) mm 524
Cargo Volume (Max Cube) – 1st row Van m3 4.2
Side Door Width mm 693
Height mm 1171
Back Door Width mm 1262
Height mm 1228
FUEL CONSUMPTION & EMISSIONS
CO2 emissions (Combined) 139g/km.