NV200 Combi 1.5 dCi SE
transport option for family and
business use. Based on the 2010
International Van of the Year, the
new Combi is available with 5 or 7
seats, twin side sliding doors,
opening rear doors or optional top-
hinged tailgate and a whole load
of practical load space...
THIS VEHICLE COULD BE JUST THE RIGHT CHOICE for active families with cycles,
pushchairs, dogs or for a combination of business and family use. And the less
able, who need to carry a wheelchair, should also consider this model.
Two friends saw my NV200 Combi five-door test model and both were impressed
by its versatility. One runs an event management and promotions company, so
it's ideal for carrying staff and equipment to a job. The other person shows
dogs and the Combi's space and low load floor is ideal for carrying animals
and all their show equipment. That's just two examples of the many and varied
uses this practical vehicle offers. Despite it being a boxy van with windows,
the aerodynamic front looks really smart and stylish.
This vehicle is a do-it-all magic box because its compact size gives no indication
as to the considerable interior people and load carrying space inside. The package
has an extremely compact footprint 4.4m long, 1.86m tall and 1.695m wide.
Add agile driving dynamics and a tight turning circle and it becomes a sensible
option for our do-it-all motoring requirements as we cut our motoring costs.
Although it comes from the Nissan NV200 commercial vehicle family, the whole
range is based on the Nissan-Renault Alliance B-segment passenger car platform
so the ride, comfort, road holding and overall driving refinement are all pretty
The fact that it's powered by a frugal 1.5-litre dCi common-rail turbodiesel
83bhp engine with a healthy 147lb ft of torque from 2,000rpm means it is pleasant
to drive. And good on fuel, too: my test week of everyday motoring returned
48.2mpg down on the official 53.3mpg Combined Cycle figure but still
impressive. CO2 emissions are 139g/km.
command driving position gives good visibility and the Combi offers outstanding
leg and knee room plus a mix of practicality. With all seven seats in use there's
still space for two large suitcases in the luggage area. Fold the two rear seats
away so it's a five-seater and there's enough room for five suitcases.
is built on a car platform
the ride comfort and
handling is pretty good,
as is the vehicles
agility and small turning
five-seat Combi S costs only £15,685 including VAT yet comes fully equipped
with safety features including ABS, EBD braking and passenger airbags. A CD
player complete with an MP3 jack, electric windows and mirrors and a trip computer
are also standard. Access to the huge luggage area is via twin rear glazed doors,
while twin sliding side doors open to access the 60:40 split second row bench.
The maximum payload is 667kg but for activity-mad families the NV200 will still
tow a boat or trailer as long as it does not exceed the 1,100kg braked towing
grade Combis start from £16,998 and enhance the S spec with alloy wheels, body-coloured
bumpers, air conditioning and a reversing camera. For buyers who want to combine
space and value with the highest levels of safety there's the Combi SE Plus
which adds an ESP handling programme and side airbags to the standard equipment
To make the most of the Combi's huge cabin, a third row of seats can be fitted
to both SE and SE Plus models taking the total passenger count to seven. None
of the seats needs to be removed from the vehicle to increase load space since
the second row folds and tumbles forward, while the two third row seats fold
up against the side panels.
In addition to the rear passenger load area there is a reasonable amount of
storage space for personal items although not having a lid for the glovebox
seems a bit penny-pinching; likewise, having electrically-operated door mirrors
but not heated. The rest of the controls, trip/fuel computer and displays were
good, as was the standard-fit reversing camera.
Because the Combi is built on a car platform the ride comfort and handling is
pretty good, as is the vehicle's agility and small turning circle. It is easy
to manoeuvre in tight spaces and nimble on the open road and while there is
some bodyroll during cornering, it's predictable. Being front-wheel drive, carrying
any weight tends to 'push' the vehicle during fast cornering so understeer will
be experienced but there is still plenty of grip from the front wheels. Although
ESP electronic control stability is standard fit for SE Plus versions it should
be fitted to all models as standard.
1.5-litre turbodiesel unit might, on paper, look a bit feeble for this vehicle
but it isn't. It is a well-known Renault-Nissan family engine and because
the five-speed gearbox and final drive have sensible ratios (not deliberately
over-geared for low CO2 emissions), it is flexible and responsive throughout
the rpm range. If pushed hard the unit gets a little noisy but generally it
is efficient and willing. Top speed is 98mph and 0-62mph takes 12 seconds.
is flexible and
the rpm range...
The NV200 Combi isn't unique in its class; Renault, Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot,
Ford and Hyundai all have similar offerings and of course if you look at the
MPV market then there are even more options. Against: More expensive than a
Renault Kangoo or Fiat Doblo but then the Combi is slightly larger, not cheap
with VAT included, no ESP as standard, no glovebox lid, no heated door mirrors.
On the plus side it offers useful practicality for business or family use, very
low load floor for easy access, is comfortable and roomy, fuel efficient and
the road tax is low. In addition, it's good to look at, easy to use and easy
to live with so it ticks many boxes for many people for both work or play.
Nissan NV200 Combi 1.5 dCi SE | £16,998
Maximum speed: 98mph | 0-62mph: 12 seconds | Overall test MPG: 48.2mpg
Power: 83bhp | Torque: 147lb ft | CO2 139g/km