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Nissan NV400 dropside Review

The Nissan NV400 dropside is available in three different wheelbases, in front or rear wheel drive and as either a single or double cab. Unlike most of the competitors, the Nissan NV400 dropside is a factory fit conversion, which helps reduce the cost and lead times.

Cab and interior

The NV400 has a raised seating position which provides great all-round vision, and the cab is spacious thanks to a forward sitting dashboard. The cab is also very practical too, with a five-litre glove compartment, a double overhead storage shelf and large pockets in the doors, which are big enough to store two-litre bottles.

Single cab models have three seats and double cab models come with up to seven seats. Entry level ‘E’ grade models come with a full solid bulkhead, remote control central locking, electric windows and radio with USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary connectivity and ‘SE’ models get a trip computer and cruise control.

Nissan NV400 dropside single cab

The Nissan NV400 dropside single cab is available is three load lengths of 3,170mm, 3,840mm and 4,370mm, and there is a standard load width of 2,100mm and a side wall height of 400mm. In terms of weights, payloads vary between 1,000kg and 1,419kg for 3.5t models (1,995kg – 2,129kg for 4.5t models), while the 2.5 tonne towing capacity is increased to 3 tonnes on double rear tyre models.

Nissan NV400 dropside double cab

The Nissan NV400 dropside double cab also comes with a choice of three load lengths; although they are slightly smaller to accommodate the extra row of seats. They start at 2,420mm for the short wheelbase, 3,170mm for the medium and 3,720mm for the long, and they have the same width (2,100mm) and side wall height (400mm) as the single cab models. The towing capacity are also the same (2.5 tonnes for single rear tyres, 3 tonnes for double rear tyres), although the payload is slightly compromised at between 950kg and 1,262kg (1,934kg – 1,950kg for 4.5t models).

Engine and driveline

Under the bonnet is a Euro-6 compliant 2.3-litre unit, which has proved itself to be a reliable and durable performer since its introduction in 2011. There are three power ratings of 130hp/340Nm, 145/360Nm and 165hp/380Nm, all of which are couple to a six-speed manual transmission.

Cost of ownership

Thanks to its low running costs, the Nissan NV400 dropside also makes financial sense too. The 2.3-litre engine is very fuel efficient, and returns up to 40.9 to the gallon on the combined NEDC test cycle. The service intervals are a lengthy two years or 40,000 miles and all new Nissan light commercial vehicles come with an outstanding five years, or 100,000 mile manufacturer warranty.


There is very little not to like about the Nissan NV400 dropside; the cab is spacious and practical, the running costs are low, there are various configurations to meet the needs of most businesses, while the Scattolini tipper body is renowned for its strength and durability. Chorley Nissan has a wide range of Nissan NV400 tippers in stock with fantastic offers. Get in touch with our team today to arrange a test drive.