Trusty and versatile with a HUGE load space.
The most significant upgrade to the Nissan Interstar is its revised and simplified engine line-up which is available in three levels to provide greater versatility and improve the running costs. The engines are fully compliant with Euro 4 emissions and include revised pistons, high pressure common rail direct injection and cooled exhaust gas recirculation. There is even a Diesel Particulate Filter on the 120PS version.
We had the 6 speed semi-automatic version which we found quite jerky when changing gear automatically. When we knocked the gear stick back to manual, the gear change was much smoother and made for a more controlled journey. We road tested the medium wheel based Interstar with a full load capacity of 1.5 tonnes, and with peak torque reached at 1500 rpm, the vehicle provided excellent lugging ability, even at low speeds. Manoeuvring the vehicle isn’t an easy task, but the huge wing mirrors provided plenty of visibility which helped.
The van is designed with a low step height for ease of access, yet it still felt quite high in comparison to a Mercedes Vito or a Citroen Dispatch. A dash mounted gear stick provides more space on the cabin floor which has been designed flat for ease of movement. The seats were comfortable with easy to read dials, however, the stereo system wasn’t that easy to utilize and was separated into 2 parts across the dashboard. We were impressed by the heavily sound-proofed cabin which kept the interior noise levels impressively low. There was plenty of room for bottles, lunch boxes and other materials in the central storage area and in the doors.
Placed in the 2.8 to 3.5 tonne GWV category, the Interstar is designed to work hard and our medium wheel based model held a maximum payload of 1598kg. With the cargo length representing a higher percentage of the vehicle length than any other LCV, the Interstar provided maximum practicality and use of space. The cargo heights are again best in its class and we were able to fit 4 standard sized cardboard boxes vertically inside the space. In total, the van would hold approximately 84 boxes, and is certainly a van worth considering if you’re moving house – it’s the largest van available to drive on a normal licence with the highest pay load. The side sliding door and the 180 degree folding rear doors provided further ease of access, however, the rear doors do have a tendency to swing back if it’s windy.
A load space which accommodates your every need, with little compromise on cabin comfort.
Engines: 2.5 dCi
Gearbox: 6 speed manual / semi-automatic
Power Output: 120 HP
Insurance Group: 14E
Security Features: 2 button key, engine immobiliser and alarm, remote central locking, deadlocking
Maximum Pay Load (kg): 1598
Load Space (m3): 10.8
Loading Area: length / width/ height (mm) 3214 x 1764 x 1912
Wheelbase (mm): 3578
Standard safety features: Driver airbag, 4 disc brakes, 3-point seatbelts with pretensioners, side-impact door bars, full steel bulkhead
Service Intervals: 18,000 miles (includes a 6 year anti-corrosion warranty)