Nissan NV200 review - I try to change public attitude towards the ´white van man´!
Oh you boys, what a pickle you manage to get yourselves into when you are left unattended …..57% of motorists the RAC surveyed really truly believed that the white van man deserved his reputation as a really bad driver ……..Sometimes you just need a woman to help sort things out for you – so don’t worry I’m here to help! I left the Rivervale Leasing offices for the day in a Nissan NV200 and set about trying to change the public’s perception of the white van man ………
I set out and drove with impeccable manners around the streets of Portslade and then to help the cause even more I stopped the van, jumped out and handed out gifts to passers-by! I encourage all van drivers to brighten someone’s day with a present and we can change the public’s perception of the white van man one town at a time!
So what did I notice about the van? No windows at the back initially concerned me but there’s a rear view camera that made parking easy. It was a slightly bumpy ride ……but if I said I didn’t enjoy the vibrations I would be lying ………..it made me feel more connected to the road I was travelling on! There’s loads of room it’s a massive 4400mm long, 1695 wide and 1860 mm high. It’s perfect for loading and unloading as you can gain access through the side or the back. You definitely won’t win any races in this one though, with a top speed of 98mph this little Nissan can get from 0 to 62 mph in a looooong 16.3 seconds, but hey you wouldn’t buy a van to get somewhere in a hurry anyway. What is impressive is the engine, the 1.5 diesel engine means motorways will be no problem and you could get a massive 65.70 mpg so that’s great for the wallet.
You can choose to add sat nav, air con and there are a choice of colours – flame red, metallic black, alabaster white, twilight grey and my personal favourite starburst silver – I’m sure people would think more kindly of a driver in a starburst silver van it just sounds nice!
Now inside the cab ……only 2 seats, so if you are giving people lifts you will have to pick your favourite! On the plus side 2 seats means you may get out of being the children’s chauffeur! The interior is grey cloth and I happen to know what else van drivers get up to in their vans from a previous blog of mine ………… so here’s what you get up to and whether it’s possible in the Nissan NV200 ………
The majority of van drivers, 50% use their van as a tea break room - there are cup holders drivers and passengers side so all is well there, other uses include dining, playing on mobile ……. Hopefully not while driving…..30% read – I won’t ask what! All possible inside the NV200 ……. Then we get down to what 5% of you are using your vans for …….. Relations with others …….. I felt it was really important to make sure this was possible as I really didn’t want to ignore the need of 5% of all van drivers. So, purely for research purposes I set about finding a man to help …… I asked all the men at Rivervale Car Leasing ……I asked all the men over at Rivervale Cars and I even went and asked all the men at Victoria Road Service and MOT nobody would help so I’m sorry I will have to leave you to discover whether the Nissan NV200 is suitable for relations with other all by yourself!
The van I was driving was the Nissan NV200 Diesel 1.5 dci Acenta, the NV200 also comes in the Tekna and Visia ranges and here’s where our prices start for business contract hire or business finance lease …….
Business contract hire from
Business finance lease from
£166.81 per month
£155.67 per month
£170.55 per month
£159.41 per month
£179.98 per month
£168.99 per month
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13 March 2015
Written by Natalie Faughy