Nissan Primastar

Used Nissan Primastar

A typical panel van with a dependable nature

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Nissan Primastar

The Nissan Primastar was around for a decade between 2006 and 2016, before being replaced by the Nissan NV300.

Like many vans, its design was shared with other manufacturers, therefore you'll notice it looks almost identical to that of the Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro of the same era.

Despite being discontinued in 2016, the Primastar is still a decent choice when buying a used van, and features the following highlights:

  • Multiple bodystyles available
  • Good economy considering age
  • Good all-round panel van
  • Refined engine choice
  • Decent load space

Economy, Towing, and Performance

Nissan Primastar Load Side

There's a 2.0-litre diesel available in the Nissan Primastar: the sibling Renault and Vauxhall offer multiple power outputs but in the Nissan you only get the higher powered 115bhp option. This is still good for circa 40mpg, which for a boxy van of this age is actually pretty good all things considered.

The engine itself is rather refined for a diesel and sits very well at motorway cruising speeds. On the whole, it's a nice balance of grunt and economy.

If you're looking to use the Primastar for towing, you'll be able to tow 750kg unbraked (as with all vans) and 2000kg with a braked trailer.

Bodystyles, Payload, and Capacity

Nissan Primastar Load Area

There's a fair few bodystyles to find when looking for a used Nissan Primastar. You can get short and long wheelbases - with low or high-roof options, along with two crew-van models.

Payloads therefore vary, but you'll find them between 1,000kg and 1,200kg.

As for capacity, the following dimensions apply for the Primastar:

  • Load Width = 1,690mm across all bodystyles
  • Load Height = 1,387mm (low roof) or 1,913mm (high roof)
  • Load Length = 1,430mm (SWB Crew Van), 1,830mm (LWB Crew Van), 2,400mm (SWB High and low roof), 2,800mm (LWB High and low roof)

Interior, Technology, and Safety

Nissan Primastar Interior

Interiors are simplistic and ergonomic, but look very dated when compared to the latest vans. There's lots of plastic, but it feels very robust and van-like. There's almost a charm to how basic yet normal it all feels.

There's no fancy screens or gimmicks, you get some clean dials, some black switches and simplistic finishes - it's all very utilitarian, but it works well being a no-nonsense commercial vehicle.

Standard safety equipment comes in the form of a driver's airbag, seatbelt pre-tensioners and ABS - again very dated when compared to modern vans, but again, it does the job. Electronic stability control is standard from SE+ models onward.

Is the Nissan Primastar right for me?

If you're after a no-nonsense van, and don't want or need the latest tech, then the Nissan Primastar, along with its Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro siblings are well worth a look.

Sure, they may be basic in terms of the latest tech and styling, but if you're in business where the van will spend its life muddy, such as on a building site, its simplistic nature is spot on.

The Ford Transit will also be more sought-after, but as an alternative, the Nissan isn't a bad shout at all.


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At Evans Halshaw, we stock an exceptional range of used vans, with a comprehensive selection of quality, robust vehicles from compact vans to pickup trucks.

All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same-day delivery on a selection of used vans, meaning you never have to wait for the van you want.

If you're still in the market for your perfect used van, our friendly associates at your local Evans Halshaw dealership can help you find the vehicle that's ideal for you.