Nissan NV200 (2009 – 2019) Review

Nissan NV200 (2009 – 2019) At A Glance


+Good quality small van, very car-like to drive, good turning circle, impressive 1.5 litre dCi engine is also economical, rides much better than most vans.

-Fairly utilitarian cabin.

Unlike the larger NV400 and Primstar, the NV200 is Nissan's own work and a van designed to set new standards for interior space, comfort and practicality. It's certainly an impressive vehicle and its light steering and tight turning circle mean that it's well suited to town driving, making ideal for courier drops. It's not out of its depth on the motorway, either.

Most models are powered by an efficient 1.5-litre dCi turbo diesel developing 90PS with a five-speed manual gearbox. It's a refined and flexible engine with 200Nm of torque available at just 2000rpm. If you need more power there's the 110PS version of the same dCi engine that also gets a six-speed gearbox.

Despite its small exterior dimensions it's surprisingly practical with a cargo floor that's 1.22m wide at its narrowest point - between the wheel arches - and an impressive 2.04m long. This can be extended with the optional Versatility Pack which adds a swivelling bulkhead to complement the standard front passenger seat which can be folded flat to allow a load of up to 2.8 metres in length to be carried inside the vehicle. The NV200 also has the lowest loading height in its class, just 524mm from ground level. 

As well as the standard panel van there are also five and seven-seat Combi versions available which again are impressively spacious. Even with all seven seats in use there's still space for two large suitcases in the luggage area. Fold the two rear seats away and there's enough room for five suitcases.

One of the few criticisms of the NV200 is there isn’t any choice in the body style: it’s a panel van or nothing. There are combi and refrigerated versions available as conversions, but they are essentially the same in size and footprint as the panel van model.


Used Buying Guide - Nissan NV200

The Nissan NV200 is easy to drive and packs lots of practicality into its compact size, with 4.2 cubic metres of load space and a maximum payload of 795kg. We tell you what to look out for when buying second hand.

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Ask Honest John

Does the Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi use a timing belt or chain?

"Does the Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi have a timing belt or chain?"
The 1.5 dCi uses a timing belt.
Answered by Dan Powell

Is the Nissan NV200 a good base for a camper conversion?

"I’m looking for some advice before buying a Nissan NV200 to convert to a camper. I am looking for vans with a tailgate. There are suddenly a lot of 2016 available, I’m assuming as the three-year warranty has ended and there is nothing younger than this. Is it worth waiting to see if a newer one becomes available or would you say that this is a reasonable age? How do I decide between the various ones available as I understand low mileage is not necessarily always the best deal - do I go with the best dealer warranty?"
There's no reason to shun older or higher mileage Nissan NV200 vans. If anything, they will be in better mechanical condition than those that have been used for repeated short runs from cold. Aim to buy the van that's in the best condition and has a comprehensive service history. Ideally, it should have a folder full of receipts that trace its history back to the original dealer. Check the quality of the gearshift, the five-speed gearbox is - like the engine - car derived, so if it’s been abused or frequently hauled at maximum capacity it might fail. For more information see our Nissan NV200 review and used buying guide, here:
Answered by Dan Powell

What's the speed limit for a dual purpose vehicle?

"What are the speed limits when driving a Nissan NV200 Combi model?"
Most Nissan NV200 Combis are classified as dual purpose vehicles, which means it has been constructed or adapted for the carriage both of passengers and of goods and can travel at the same speed as a car, but you’ll need to check the V5C logbook to be sure. If it has M1 classification then it’s a dual purpose vehicle, but if the V5C has N1 or N2 identification it’ll be classed as a van, which means you’ll be limited to 30mph in built-up areas, 50mph on single and 60mph on dual carriageways. As with cars, the motorway limit for vans is 70mph.
Answered by Dan Powell

Waiting three months for NV200 warranty repair - what are my rights?

"My Nissan NV200 van developed a fault in August 2016 and was returned to my local dealer for repair under warranty. Since then I’ve called them numerous times and asked for a call back back with a firm date for the repair, but I’ve heard nothing definite. They gave me a small family car as a substitute, but this is totally unsuitable for my business. I have to make two or more trips to work to get everything there. The dealer keeps referring me to its customer service department who say they are waiting for a part, but that's as far as we've got in three months. What should I do?"
Demand a like-for-like replacement vehicle while yours is off the road. If they refuse, inform the dealer that you'll hold them liable for the costs incurred for renting a vehicle until yours is fixed. That should prompt them into finding you a temporary van. Otherwise you'll need to take legal advice on suing them to recover the costs incurred by renting a vehicle. Law here:
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