After the rise in popularity of the Nissan 1400 champ, which was in production for 37-years, the new Nissan NP200 review clearly had large shoes to fill. The streets were crowded with these bakkies in the 1980s and 1990s, and they quickly became a firm favorite among South Africans. This was because they were affordable, light on fuel and practical in use.
But shortly after this trendy bakkie peaked, the model was discontinued because these bakkies could no longer fulfill local emissions requirements that came into effect in January 2008. Keep reading this Nissan NP200 review to learn about the updates…
Fast forward to 2019, and you’ll see the upgraded NP200 half-ton bakkie– the best small bakkie in South Africa. This roaring light commercial vehicle (LCV) is spacious, yet compact, and ideal for business or leisure activities. It is equipped with an ultra-modern interior to offer drivers a luxurious feel when you’re roughing it out in the dunes. Each year, the NP200 road test impresses and Nissan continues to provide customers with an affordable, workhorse.
According to Janine Van der Post from Wheels24,“it’s great as an everyday workhorse and definitely plays the part of a lifestyle bakkie when you need it. It’s zippy enough to race about to and from and steady enough to handle heavy loads for agricultural and commercial duties.”
This pretty much sums up the Nissan NP200 experience. But if you haven’t read enough to seal the deal on buying your first car, read on for an extensive Nissan NP200 review. The only decision you’ll have to make is the right engine to go with…
Any Nissan supporter knows how much goes into delivering a vehicle that truly exceeds customer expectations in every way possible. Customers want (and expect) their bakkie of choice to add value to their life regardless of their activity. And this is exactly where the all-new Nissan NP200 comes into play. This model has been perfectly engineered to offer customers a durable, cost-effective vehicle with a low Nissan NP200 fuel consumption. And confidently, the NP200 can offer this – without compromising on space or style.
Here’s why the Nissan NP200 is the best bakkie in South Africa
Almost everyone who looks at the Nissan NP200 needs to double-take. This impressive range has heads turning and tongues wagging because it’s too good to be true. It is compact in size, yet spacious enough for a comfy ride. The new and improved design is tough, sleek and stylish. And it’s designed to fit into any lifestyle – be it for work purposes, outdoor adventures or even your choice of vehicle for your daily commute.
The top light commercial vehicles (LCVs) in South Africa, as stated by the Ipsos Vehicle Quality Awards include the Nissan NP200: “The Ipsos Vehicle Quality Survey study calculates a quality score based on customer’s feedback at about three months after they’ve purchased the vehicle. Scores reflect proportions of problems and issues reported by these customers and so the lower the score the better the quality.”
The Nissan NP200 also won GOLD In the LCV segment as the best sub-one-ton pickup bakkie.
And if we look at the full LCV rankings, the Nissan NP200 is in fifth place
The reason why this utility bakkie is such a solid vehicle choice for younger and older generations alike is that its running, repair and maintenance costs are affordable. This combined with its fuel-efficiency… it’s a no-brainer as to which vehicle you should be buying. If, of course, you are looking for an on-and-off-road vehicle.
Nissan South Africa summarised it perfectly in their NP200 review: “High-quality aesthetics provide the luxury and styling of a passenger vehicle, without compromising on the practicality and versatility that’s consistent with a bakkie.”
The Nissan NP200 is spacious
In this Nissan NP200 review, it’s important to note that the standard NP200 does not come fitted with the latest accessories or trims. But it certainly comes with nice-to-have features that will add comfort and convenience to your driving experience. Now, you can head out onto the open road in a spacious environment that offers plenty of storage. 300-liters to be exact. Pack your goodies behind the seat, at the back or around you because there is more than enough space. You can also enjoy features such as a glove box, door bins, drink holders and more to accommodate you on your road trip.
As mentioned, the Nissan NP200 has plenty of leg and storage space to offer drivers. You can pack your goods comfortably without having to compromise on items because of your fear of too little strange space.
And to add to that here is further peace of mind. There is a Nissan NP200 best in class warranty of 3-years or 60 000 km, as well as a 5-year or 90 000km service plan. As an NP200 owner, you’ll be covered.
According to a Topcar review: “The NP200 – the ‘N’ stands for Nissan, the ‘P’ for pick-up and the 200 bit is apparently an internal Nissan designation – enjoys massive cabin space by half-ton class standards. As indicated by the addition of quarter windows behind the doors, there’s real-world stowage space behind the seats, and enough adjustment to accommodate large men (or women) up to around 1.9 metres in height.”
The Nissan NP200 looks good inside and out
With an attitude to match its sporty and stylish exterior, an accessorised NP200 could kit your vehicle out with features such as a stainless-steel nudge bar, custom-designed alloy wheels with 15-inch rims, roof rains and more. In addition, you could spruce up your vehicle with some branding decals, carpets, and seats.
Janine Van der Post from Wheels 24 says “The NP200 has sharper lines, a new grille that makes it fit in line with other Nissan siblings. It’s fitted with a bull-bar at the front and a sports bar at the rear. Bumpers are black plastic and help the bakkie achieve a more rugged look. It also sports spotlights and cool decals. It looks just as good on the inside.”
As far as the interior of the NP200 goes, you can expect standard features such as power steering, air conditioning, power windows, central locking, and a multimedia system. Should you wish to accessorise with new trims and Nissan approved accessories, you can opt for leather upholstery and much more.
The Group Nissan review team had the following to say about the NP200 interior features: “The Nissan NP200 is both modern and rugged in its styling, echoing its dual-purpose promise as passenger commuter and willing workhorse. Use it for one or the other or use it for both, you choose. Once inside, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the spaciousness of the cabin. In fact, it’s the biggest in its class, boasting ample storage space behind the seats as well as other storage areas including drink holders, a glove box and door bins to keep your valuables safe. Though it’s built to be functional, Nissan hasn’t skimped on aesthetics. From the instrumentation to the seating trim, the Nissan NP200 offers a sporty interior with quality finishes that allow you to enjoy a comfortable drive.”
It offers a large payload
One of the many perks of the Nissan NP200 is the payload. Offering an 800kg payload, as well as the ability to connect a tailgate of up to 300kgs, it’s not often that you see a smaller utility bakkie design transport such a heavy load. The payload’s volume and length are two factors that make this bakkie the most feasible purchase.
The NP200 provides next-level safety
To add extra safety to your NP200’s, you can add a cab protector roll bar to the back of your bakkie. This is particularly helpful when you want to transport objects that need to be tied down on specific points.
Autodealer views the Nissan NP200 as a confident bakkie
The Nissan NP200 review on Autodealer says “safety features of this new workhorse include ABS and EBD, which prevents wheels from locking, airbags, crumple zones from the previous NP200 which are engineered around impact resistance while the engine compartment is designed to stack up in frontal impact collisions and seatbelts.”
It offers anti-lock braking
A popular NP200 safety pack option is the anti-lock braking system (ABS). This feature assists you in normal and emergency braking situations, as it helps to prevent wheel lockup from happening. Now, you can travel safely, knowing that if you find yourself in an emergency, the breaks will pump early to slow you down.
Many customers will appreciate the engine immobiliser feature. Nissan has incorporated an anti-theft system into their Nissan NP200, with a chip that is embedded into the key. This feature ensures that you have a unique starting trigger that lets the vehicle know that it’s “you” when you start it.
The Nissan NP200 has the power to perform
The NP200 offers customers three different engine choices to choose from. These include an 8-valve petrol engine, 16-valve petrol engine or the standard-setting K9K turbo diesel. Regardless of whether you choose a petrol or a diesel vehicle to suit your driving needs, each option has the power to perform efficiently.
Browse through the Nissan NP200 models here:
- 1.6 8V BASE
- 1.6 8V BASE A/C
- 1.6 8V BASE A/C + SAFETY PACK
- 1.6 16V MID DUAL AIRBAGS
- 1.6 16V HIGH
- 1.5DCI BASE A/C + SAFETY
- 1.5DCI HIGH
The NP200 provides a 5-speed manual transmission
The all-new Nissan NP200 offers power, control, and efficiency with short gear ratios to improve your drive. This impressive 5-speed manual transmission gives drivers the ability to accelerate at low speeds when fully loaded, and taller ratios in the top gears provide added fuel efficiency when you’re driving faster.
Since this bakkie is designed to carry large loads, the suspension is set up to support it. It offers a leaf-sprung rear suspension with a coil spring supported H-shaped torsion bar at the back end. Together, these improve the ride quality when you’re driving or carrying a heavy load, in comparison to only the live-axle leaf spring.
According to Wheels24 and Pick a Car the Nissan NP200 has best-in-class fuel economy
As said in a Nissan NP200 review by Wheels 24: “With a rated combined fuel consumption of only 5.3 litres/100km, you could go quite distance with this little Nissan soldier. And since there aren’t too many systems other than the air conditioner to consume more fuel, you’re guaranteed to get more than enough kilometres for your hard-earned Rand.”
As far as the NP200 road test goes, Pick a Car says, “We tested the NP 200 mostly in an urban scenario without much load and achieved a decent economy of 6.5 L/100km. In its advantage, the diesel NP 200 does quite well up hill, and manages to keep the economy down thanks to the extra torque produced by the diesel engine.”
It has Nissan genuine accessories
The range of accessories you can choose from is genuine and Nissan-approved. By utilising accessories from our range, you will be able to spruce up your ride and add a touch of personality to your vehicle.
The standard Nissan NP200 is safe; however, you can look into the approved safety features to add to your car:
- Front passenger and driver airbags
- Pop-up engine hood pedestrian protection
- Anti-braking system (ABS) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
- Remote central locking
- Collapsible steering column
- Cab Protector
- Nissan Data Dot
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The all-new Nissan NP200’s Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Which Nissan NP200 should I buy?
Whether you want to drive a diesel or petrol vehicle, the Nissan NP200 offers both. With five petrol and two Nissan NP200 diesel price options to choose from, with different accessories and trims, the biggest decision will be deciding on which engine to select. Both are powerful and incredibly fuel-efficient; however, the engine you choose will offer natural advantages depending on what your bakkie’s core focus is. Our sales team are well-equipped with the information needed to assist you in making the right decision for your lifestyle and driving needs. You can call our agent on 087 075 1155 for a breakdown of each vehicle and their specs. Or, you can enquire online for more information.
What are the different Nissan NP200 options?
When choosing the best Nissan NP200 for your needs, there are five petrol and two diesel models to choose from. All of these are available to purchase in South Africa. The only difference between the five petrol vehicles are the accessories and trims, and vice versa for the two petrol options. Drivers can look forward to a standard base 1.6 8V or a 1;6 8V base A/C petrol variant, 1.6 8V base A/C with safety pack petrol variant, a 1.6 16V diesel variant or a 1/5dCi high spec diesel variant. Speak to our agent for a breakdown of each vehicle. After seeing many Nissan NP200 1.6 8v reviews, it’s clear that the 1.6V diesel engine is very popular.
What is the most popular Nissan NP200?
According to many Nissan NP200 1.6 8v reviews, it’s on par with the 1.5dCi high spec diesel vehicles in terms of popularity. The only difference are the engines, of course, as both cars come equipped with excellent safety and convenience features to make your drive all the better. You can enjoy features such as airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), adjustable seatbelts and headrests, central locking with power windows, a top-of-the-range multimedia player and much more!
What safety features can you add onto the NP200?
Nissan puts safety first and ensures that vehicles meet or exceed safety regulations. The standard range comes equipped with disc front brakes that are ventilated, brakes on the rear drums, safety steering columns, anti-theft and DataDot technology. If you look at upgraded accessories and trims, you can invest in additional features such as anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and central locking.
Is the Nissan NP200 reliable?
Absolutely! This vehicle is one of the most hardwired vehicles in its market range. This iconic design is reliable, economical and offers drivers a 15 000 km service interval. You can also choose their service plan that comes with a 6-year per 150 000 km standard or anti-corrosion warranty to ensure that you are safe.
How much the Nissan NP200 carry?
The all-new Nissan NP200 can transport 800kg. Whether you choose to load heavy equipment or tools for work or leisure, you can rest assured knowing that the 1250-litre big load box can lift your items with ease.