Four large vans to look out for: NV400, Master, Movano, Crafter

Date: Thursday, July 05, 2018


Nissan NV400

The NV400 is available in front-wheel drive from 2.8-3.5t and in rear-wheel drive from 3.5-4.5t, and in three different wheelbases, four lengths and three heights.

Load volumes range from 8.0m3 to 17m3, and crew vans, tippers, dropsides and box-bodied chassis cabs are available.

Power comes from a 2.3-litre dCi Euro5 diesel engine developing 100hp, 125hp or 150hp. It is up for grabs with either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed semi-auto.

There are two trims: entry-level E and SE, with the latter featuring a high level of equipment.
Usefully manoeuvrable at low speeds, one of the front-wheel drive NV400’s biggest plus-points is its handling, and ample feedback through the steering allows you to push hard along twisting B-roads.

The 125hp unit is no sluggard on the motorway either, and once you get the hang of the semi-auto shift it is smooth.

We had few quarrels with the ride bar some bumping and thumping from the suspension, but we were concerned about the amount of rattling and creaking generated by the body. However, noise levels inside the cab are well suppressed.

Sample model: F35.15 L3H2

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