Choosing the base vehicle from Nissan

16 Feb

We wanted a safe vehicle, relaxing to drive and comfortable and economical for trips abroad. We chose the latest Nissan nv200 N-Tec 110, with Euro 5 spec engine and lots of luxury extras. Ordered it today for delivery estimated before April 2013.It’s got from the factory:
Airbag safety pack. Air Con to the cab. Cruise control. Sat Nav and reversing camera. Glass to rear doors with wash wipe. It weighs 2000kg has 110 bhp and 240Nm torque. A 6 speed box is fitted and should achieve 53 mpg on combined cycle.
It is small enough to use as an ordinary car, has 4 seat belts and super tight steering circle for accessing our car parking spot. We have chosen a white van which will have black security glass which should look cool. We have located a swivel seat mechanism for the passenger side which we think is essential for such a compact package. It is TUV approved but expensive. Also investigating a swivel seat manufacturer which is based locally. Just found out that it should be capable of 58 mpg extra urban so I am now challenged to try to achieve 60 mpg. We used to manage 38 mpg on a Ducato 2.3 TD which weighed in half as much again at 3000kg and this was beating later model Fiats which were supposed to be a claimed 20% more fuel efficient. Therefore pretty confident in my economic driving style!

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4 Responses to “Choosing the base vehicle from Nissan”

  1. daz vickers February 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Sounds like a good idea, This van allso makes a cracking builders van that does well on fuel..

  2. Steve March 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    I’ve been toying with the idea of going the van conversion route instead of MVP conversion. Good to see there are more accessories coming to the market now…. inc rear sliding door window conversions. Here’s a half sliding window to fit the nv200: http://www.thevehicleglasscompany.co.uk/NISSAN_NV200_2010__on_Half_Slider_Left_Front_–product–2648.html ….although it seems a trifle expensive at Ā£215 ….and presumably that doesn’t include fitting?! Hmmmm

    Is a shame Nissan didn’t fit the single tailgate version to the nv200 van, especially as there aren’t so many used nv200 mpv’s available at a reasonable price, ie under Ā£10k.

    • Steve March 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      I meant MPV not MVP! ….but i’m happy to have invented the new ‘multi vehicle purpose’ šŸ™‚

      • Pete Jones March 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

        Hello Dinkum, I’ve just ordered an NV200 N-Tec 110 Panel Van, I pick it up in a few weeks. My project is to make a van similar to your project, I’m looking at various options and layouts, thanks for this blog, keep it coming šŸ™‚

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