Legroom for the three-seater cab’s middle passenger is restricted because of the way in which the centre of the dashboard curves outwards. It might be okay for short, local journeys, but not for long-haul trips, and is yet another example of manufacturers trying to squeeze people into accommodation that only really has room for two.
Oddment storage facilities include a capacious lidded glove box, which, unfortunately, cannot be locked, with a shelf above it. They are complemented by two shelves on top of the fascia, one of which plays host to a USB port, and two bins in each of the doors.
As for the all-important cupholders, you will find one at each extremity of the fascia. The third, flip-down one in the middle cannot be used if the centre passenger seat is occupied.
Flip down the back of the centre seat and it turns into a desk complete with another cupholder and a removable A4 clipboard. Pull up the passenger seat cushions and you’ll discover plenty of hidden storage space underneath; just the place to hide your expensive power tools.
Both the steering wheel and the driver’s seat, which has an armrest, are height-adjustable and the wheel can be adjusted for reach.
Our van came with air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors – the latter are heated and feature a separate, lower, wide-angle section – a multi-function trip computer and a 12V power point in the attractive two-tone light grey/dark grey dashboard. There is one in the load area too. A driver’s airbag is among the other benefits provided, along with a smartphone dock, Bluetooth connectivity, and a digital radio with an aux socket for an MP3 player and remote controls on the steering column.
The NV300 comes with ABS, electronic stability programme, emergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, hill-start assist and an Extended Grip switchable traction control system that helps drivers cope more effectively with loose surfaces.
Disc brakes are fitted at the front, drums provide the stopping power at the back, and the front fog lights should prove a boon in gloomy winter weather. The reversing sensors are a boon all year round and can be switched off if you feel you really need to.