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Nissan’s NV400 offers a versatile and practical choice to those looking for a large van. With a huge choice of body styles, load volumes and options, plus an efficient set of Euro 5-compliant diesel engines, it’s a class act.

Driving Experience

I always look forward to driving a particularly large van. You perch higher up than you would in any SUV, bearing down on other road users with purpose. This NV400 sets you in an even loftier position than you would have been seated in its predecessor, the Interstar, and this, along with revisions to the windscreen and side windows, provides a commanding view ahead.

Under the bonnet, the engine’s the same whichever model you choose, a direct injection four cylinder 2.3-litre dCi diesel unit, though you can choose between three engine outputs — 100, 125 or 150bhp — and select between either front or rear wheel drive.

These engines are a pretty willing bunch, even the entry-level 100bhp unit offering 285Nm of punch through the 6-speed gearbox (there’s also a robotised semi-automatic transmission). That’s a figure the top 150bhp variant extends to 350Nm, sufficient to haul a trailer grossing at 3.0 tonnes. That’s also enough to deal with gross vehicle weights of either 2.8, 3.3, 3.5 and now a whopping 4.5 tonnes, giving payload capacities than run between 1030 and 2254kg, depending on the version you choose.

On the move, though the gearbox could be slicker and the engine a little quieter, you’re immediately impressed with this van’s composure, both around corners and over poor surfaces. Rear wheel drive makes this vehicle especially manoeuvrable. It’s true that the steering is a little on the light side for motorway work, but you appreciate that when trying to thread this large vehicle through tight city streets.

Or indeed, exercising the tight turning circle, which can be as tight as 12m on entry-level versions.

Design Build

Aware that they would need to share Renault and Vauxhall underpinnings for this model, Nissan went to particular trouble to style their version differently — and sure enough, this NV400 does have a distinctive look. The styling was completed at Nissan Design Europe in Paddington and engineered by Nissan’s Technical Centre in Bedfordshire, so there is a distinctly UK-based approach to the whole thing. A thick bumper adds aggression to the front end, curling up at the edges to protect the corners from knocks. There are also useful steps cut into the front bumper so that owners can get a leg-up when cleaning the windscreen.

Side rubbing strips are a boon along the flanks too.

And inside? Well, the cabin isn’t anything too exciting, but the stubby gear lever that sprouts from the fascia falls nicely to hand amidst the usual sea of tough and durable elephant grey plastics. There isn’t quite the same kind of soft touch, granite build quality you’d find in more expensive Volkswagen or Mercedes rivals but fit and finish has certainly improved over what was provided in the old Interstar and what this model lacks in tactile feel, it more than makes up for in practical touches.

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Both seat and wheel can be height-adjustable and there’s now a minefield of storage options inside the cab (150 litres in total), from the usual door bins, overhead shelf, cup holders, chilled glove boxes and cubby holes to compartments for laptops and sunglasses, plus an optional clipboard that folds out of the dash for holding invoices, maps or delivery notes.

Market Model

Prices range in the £20,000 to £30,000 bracket common to this class of large van. As you’d expect, that’s pretty comparable with this model’s design stablemates, the Renault Master and the Vauxhall Movano.

Nissan can supply a huge array of NV400 variants. As well as the factory-built panel vans and combis, there are crew vans, box-bodies, tippers and dropsides, all built in-house. The brand also offers a chassis-cab for specialist body builders.

Most customers though, will want a simple van, for which you’re likely to pay somewhere in the £21,000 to £27,000 bracket for front wheel drive and somewhere around £26,000-£30,000 for a rear wheel drive model.

That front or rear wheel drive decision is an important one to get right. Front-wheel drive offers a lower kerb weight for improved payloads, a lower frame height and improved fuel economy. Rear-wheel drive offers greater choice for chassis cab conversions and, thanks to its high rear axle capacity, is better suited to medium duty applications.

Rear-drive versions are available with single or twin rear wheels.

Next, you’ve to choose your preferred power output from the 2.3-litre diesel engine, with a 100bhp option for front wheel drive customers, then both front and rear wheel drive models getting 125 and 150bhp alternatives. Then you’ve the decision to make on gross vehicle weight — either 2.8, 3.3, 3.5 or 4.5 tonnes. Before you go on to choose one of three height options (H1, H2 and H3) and select between three wheelbases and four lengths (L1, L2, L3 and L4).

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