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.