Four medium vans to look out for: Dispatch, Transit Custom, NV300, Vivaro

Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2018


Nissan NV300

A rebadged Renault Trafic, the NV300 is available in two wheelbases, a standard or high roof, and three trim levels.

Gross vehicle weights extend from 2,700kg to 2,900kg, with payloads ranging from 1,073kg to 1,310kg and load volumes going from 5.2m3 up to 8.6m3.

A load-through hatches extends the load length.

Power comes from a 1.6-litre dCi diesel with outputs of 95hp, 120hp, 125hp and 145hp.

All engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

We drove a 125hp twin-turbo L2H1 and found the engine delivers generous pulling power and was unperturbed by the half-load in the back. It’s quiet too, while road noise does not penetrate the interior to intrusive levels.

While the handling may not quite match the Ford Transit Custom’s, it comes close.

The steering tightens up nicely as you punch through bends and offers lots of assistance when wriggling into parking spaces. On the motorway the gear changes are slick.

Acceleration from rest and up through the gears is strong, too, and the ride copes well with the varying quality of road surfaces. The cabin, meanwhile, has ample storage.

Sample model: Tekna 125hp Twin-turbo L2H1

Engine size    1.6-litre
Payload     1,243kg
Load volume    6.0m3
Combined mpg 46.3mpg
CO2    159g/km
Price (ex VAT) £25,360


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