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Nissan NV400 van Review

The Nissan NV400 is the largest panel van in the Nissan light commercial vehicle range, with gross vehicle weights (GVWs) of between 2.8 and 4.5 tonnes and load volumes of between 7.8 and 17 cubic metres. The Nissan NV400 is powered by a 2.3-litre diesel engine and offers one of the highest payloads for the all-important 3.5t sector.

Cab and interior

While the cab may be a little lacklustre when it comes to styling, there are plenty of internal storage spaces, it’s very spacious and the visibility is great thanks to the raised seating position and a low sitting windscreen and side windows.

The NV400 was updated recently and Nissan took the opportunity to upgrade the specification list. The standard ‘E’ grade models come with remote control central locking, electric windows and electronically-adjustable door mirrors, a full solid bulkhead and radio with USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary connectivity. Moving up to the ‘SE’ grade, customers also receive a trip computer, cruise control and rear parking sensors, as well as a plastic covering for the floor and side in the cargo area.

Load area and usability

The Nissan NV400 is available is a wide range of body lengths and heights, so it can easily adapt to the needs of your business. There are four load lengths of between 2,583mm and 4,383mm, three load heights of 1,700mm, 1,894mm and 2,144mm and a maximum internal width of 1,765mm (1,380mm between the wheelarches).

One of the biggest advantages of the Nissan NV400 is its light kerbweight, which means it can return more payload for the all-important 3.5 tonne sector. The 3.5 tonne derivatives can offer up to 1,638kg of payload, which is one of the highest in its class. The 4.5t variants have a payload of up to 2,200kg, although you will be subjected to a 56mph speed limiter and will need a tachograph, and, depending on when you passed your test, a different licence to operate this vehicle.

Nissan NV400 engine and driveline

The Nissan NV400 is powered by a chain-driven 2.3-litre diesel engine, which has been developed specifically for heavy duty commercial vehicle use. There are four power ratings available; 145hp/360Nm and 170hp/380Nm on front-wheel drive variants and 130hp/340Nm, 145hp/360Nm and 170hp/380Nm on rear-wheel drive models. All engines are Euro-6 compliant and are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Cost of ownership

There are a variety of aspects that also make running the NV400 financially attractive, too. With a combined fuel economy of up to 40.9mpg (according to official NEDC figures), the 2.3-litre unit is one of the most fuel-efficient engines in its class and means there are fewer trips needed to the fuel station.

This is complemented by long service intervals of up to two years or 40,000 miles and, of course, Nissan’s fantastic five years or 100,000 mile manufacturer warranty.


With low running costs, excellent loading attributes and a neat and functional cab, there is very little not to like about the Nissan NV400. Chorley Nissan has a wide range of Nissan NV400s in stock with fantastic offers. Get in touch with our team today to arrange a test drive.