Nissan van models: What are the different types of Nissan vans?

Date Posted 18th February 2022
Read Time 8 min read

We’ve covered the extensive range of Nissan car models, highlighting the manufacturer’s almost nine-decade-long history in the motor trade. Nissan has carved out a loyal following, and for good reason: its constant progress, reliability, and, more importantly, affordability, has build a loyal following. Adding to Nissan’s success is its refined line-up of vans. Here, we round up all the current Nissan van models available to drive in the UK. 

History of Nissan van models

The very first Nissan Van was introduced at Mitsukoshi Department Store in 1939. The Japanese manufacturer was ahead of the game with vehicles that offered larger luggage room and riding space. Used mostly as a delivery van – due to its usefulness and ruggedness – the Nissan Van worked until 1962. 

By this time, technological advances favoured Nissan’s design and production line. From here onwards, more stylish cabover vans and pick-up trucks took charge. Through the 60s to the 90s, some of the brand’s most successful vans included the Nissan Cherry Cab, the Nissan Cherry Truck, the Nissan Vanette, and the Nissan Largo – to name but a few. 

With many generations of Nissan vans making it onto the market, the manufacturer has refined its comprehensive range of commercial vehicles to meet the needs of today’s drivers. Packed with innovative tech, you can find everything from a compact van to a powerful pick-up, and even an all-electric option. Variety and quality are key for Nissan, and drivers have a number of innovative features to choose from.

Nissan Townstar

Sharp, dynamic, and ready for business, the new Nissan Townstar builds on the tech and features of the popular e-NV200. The versatile compact van offers ample space and convenience, making it ideal for all-sized businesses as well as families too.

A 10-inch digital dashboard and an 8-inch infotainment system allow for seamless audio connectivity. While the comfortable interior is further underscored with a contemporary centre console and instrument panel.

The entire driving experience is made smoother and more reliable with the Townstar’s integrated 360-degree Around View Monitor. This allows drivers to park with precision. Other advanced safety assistance features include the Side Wind Assist and Trailer Sway Assist.

Available in both petrol and fully-electric powertrain options, both drive modes come with specific features. The petrol version is designed to reduce drag, and optimise fuel consumption and airflow. All of which equals a more dependable drive for the stylish Townstar. 

The all-electric version brings the aesthetics of its electric car counterpart, the new Nissan Ariya, into its design and functionality. There’s an intricate aerodynamic front shield and standout headlights that add to the sleek exterior and the on-road performance.

Also included in the all-electric Townstar is the ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system. This is a feature made for those who frequently drive on the motorway. It helps with  acceleration, slowing down, and lane control for safer, more faultless driving.

Nissan Primastar

The Nissan Primastar is the brand's reliable mid-sized van.

The award-winning Primastar is Nissan’s medium-sized van, available in different body types, lengths, and trim levels, giving businesses the flexibility to personalise the van for maximum load space and usage. The Primastar can be configured at three levels: Van, Crew Van, or Platform Cab. It has three variants: Visia, Acenta, and Tekna, all of which come with an array of standard, and optional, features.

Design takes centre stage with the front of the Primastar. It incorporates LED headlights and indicators, ensuring the driver can see – and be seen – more easily. The same applies for the rear lights. Further personalisation can be created via the different paint treatments for bumpers and body, helping businesses stand out on the roads. 

The latest in driver-friendly tech packs the user-focused Primastar. The distinctive dashboard not only has an updated range of audio systems and hands-free connectivity, it also features practical storage spaces. 

You can easily integrate your daily plans with Primastar. Sync up your tasks, reminders, and routes via Sat Nav, Android Auto or Apple Car Play. And view all your activity via an 8” touchscreen.

Safety is imperative too. The Primastar has a variety of smart features to help you drive better and safer. Some of the notable ones include automatic wipers with speed adaptive function, rear parking sensors, and cruise control. You can also have a three-button key, which lets you lock and unlock the front and cargo doors separately.

To top that off, the Primastar also has low running costs with its highly efficient fuel economy. All versions are equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. As an option you can specify the 6-speed semi-automatic transmission which helps to give you an easier drive in congested stop-start conditions.

Nissan Interstar

Strong, reliable and designed for practically, it’s the space and efficiency which make the Nissan Interstar a desirable choice for businesses. It offers a range of layouts, ready-to-go conversions and an economical engine, ticking all the boxes for business users. 

You can create a van to match your exact needs with a wide choice of wheelbase, length, height, payload and other personalised features.

An extended range of engines with seven power outputs, from the newly introduced 110hp up to 180hp, drive the Interstar. All are based on the 2.3cc engine updated to meet the latest Euro 6d and Euro VIe standards. No worries here if you’re driving in an emissions-free zone. 

With the ability to carry up to 17m³ of cargo – that’s up to five Euro pallets – or 22m³ with the Box Van conversion, the Interstar’s low floor and wide-opening doors make it easy to load cargo up to 4.4m in length.

Inside, the Interstar’s cabin is smart and spacious. The neat dashboard offers good visibility and noise-cancelling. While the ergonomic design allows for extra storage space and keeps everything within the driver’s reach. 

Some of the Interstar’s highlights include its wide-view mirror on the passenger’s sun visor, which doubles the driver’s angle of vision. This helps to reduce blind spots and makes lane-changing and parking much easier and safer. 

Adding to the new features is the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS), the Blind Spot Warning and Automatic High/Low headlights beam. 

The Interstar is made for long hours behind the wheel. It’s comfortable and user-friendly. Adjust the cushion tilt, lumbar support, and headrest to your preference and prepare for a comfy driving position that supports the body. There’s even a folding centre armrest for further ease. 

Nissan e-NV200

The all-electric Nissan e-NV200 is a clever and capable emission-free LCV. For a small van, it packs a big punch with a new 40kWh battery (the same that is used in the award-winning Nissan Leaf) delivering up to an additional 60% of range.

With three trim levels: Visia, Acenta, and Tekna, the e-NV200 has low running costs and zero emissions. Businesses can take advantage of the tax benefits and significant savings from choosing to drive sustainably. In fact, the e-NV200 won the title for Best Value for Ownership Costs at the What Car? Van Awards 2021. 

Four driving modes help maximise range. “D” puts the van into EV mode, great for motorway driving and utilising all the performance benefits of electric driving. “Eco” mode allows the driver to cover more distance by automatically adjusting the acceleration response and the climate control.

“B” mode increases the strength of regenerative braking to increase the driving range. And both “B” and “Eco Mode” combine smooth acceleration with regenerative braking. This can save up to 30% energy and provide even greater driving range.

With a full charge, you will have a driving range of 124 to 187 miles, enough charge to complete drop-offs, pickups, appointments and deliveries. You can charge up to 80% in around 40 to 60 minutes with the quick charge port, or fully charge in around 7.5 hours with a wall box using the 6.6kW on-board charger.

Alongside its all-electric usage, the e-NV200 has a host of equipment that makes it standout in the small van segment. The cockpit doubles as an easy-to-use workspace, with large-range adjustable seating and versatile storage. There’s plenty of leg room, and high truck-like seating offering greater visibility and helping to reduce fatigue. 

NissanConnect features navigation, hands-free calling and text messaging, and Bluetooth streaming audio, to accommodate an “office on the move” vibe. 

Choose from two models (Van or Combi), both with a versatile interior that allows you to configure racks, bins and custom seating. Plus, it’s easy to load, thanks to a low 524 mm rear load height.

For peace-of-mind driving, Nissan offers…
  • Five-year Pan-European Manufacturer Warranty
  • Five-year or 100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper protection and longer service intervals – at two years or 25,000 miles.
  • Five-year Nissan Genuine Parts and Accessories Warranty
  • Five-year Roadside Assistance – covering breakdowns, accidents, and non-warrantable incidents such as flat tyres, lost keys or use of the wrong fuel.