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Why Lease The Interstar?

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Nissan Interstar Review 2023

The release of the new Nissan Interstar created quite a buzz in the commercial van market. As an upgrade to its predecessor, the Interstar brings a promising combination of functionality, reliability, and modern features. Nissan has produced a strong contender that competently meets the needs of businesses and individuals alike.

Rivals to the Nissan Interstar include the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit, Volkswagen Crafter and Renault Master

Our Nissan Interstar review covers:

Nissan Interstar Key Features

  • Sleek and contemporary design, emphasizing both style and practicality
  • Inside there’s a well-thought-out cabin that prioritizes comfort and convenience
  • Carrying capacity of 17m3 and can hold cargo up to 4.4m in length
  • Range of powerful and fuel-efficient engines catering to load capacities and mileage requirements
  • Four trim levels are available: Visia, Acenta, TEKNA and TEKNA+

Nissan Interstar Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Versatility
  • Reliability
  • Spacious Cargo Capacity

Cons:

  • Interior Design
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Lack of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Nissan Interstar has a modern and functional design suitable for commercial use. Its exterior featured an aerodynamic shape to improve fuel efficiency and enhance overall aesthetics. The van is designed to accommodate various business applications, making it a versatile choice for transporting goods efficiently. The focus was on providing a practical and durable exterior that could withstand the demands of daily use.

Nissan Interstar Exterior

Nissan designed the Interstar with practicality in mind to cater to the needs of businesses and professionals. Its spacious cargo area, with wide-opening rear doors and sliding side doors, allowed for easy access to the load bay, simplifying the loading and unloading process. The van was designed to handle various commercial tasks, from deliveries to transporting tools and equipment for tradespeople. The practicality of the Interstar extended to its driving experience, with features aimed at reducing driver fatigue and providing a comfortable journey.

The boot space, or cargo capacity, of the Nissan Interstar is 17m3 and can hold cargo up to 4.4m in length. It’s also ideal for heavy duty jobs capable of carrying up to 1,587kg. It is important to note that cargo capacity can vary across different trim levels, wheelbase options, and roof heights. The Interstar, being a commercial van, typically offered a substantial amount of cargo space to accommodate various business needs.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the Nissan Interstar is designed with a focus on driver and passenger comfort and functionality. It offers a spacious cabin with ample headroom and legroom for occupants. The dashboard featured a user-friendly layout with easy-to-reach controls and modern technology to enhance the driving experience.

Depending on the trim level and options chosen, the interior might have been equipped with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and other modern amenities to keep occupants connected and entertained during their journeys.

Four trim levels are available: Visia, Acenta, TEKNA and TEKNA+.

Visia models of the Nissan Interstar are equipped with various features that enhance its functionality. These include a Gross Vehicle Weight of 2.8T, Front-wheel drive, seating capacity for three, Length L1, Height H1, adjustable driver's seat with longitudinal and height adjustment, a nearside sliding door, and 50:50 split 180 unglazed rear doors. Additionally, Visia models offer a Full steel bulkhead, DAB Radio, and a grey bar for added convenience.

Moving up to the Acenta models, they offer a range of advanced technologies as standard, such as rear parking sensors and cruise control. These models also feature practical and comfortable enhancements, including lumbar support for the driver's seat, one-touch front driver window, and a foldable central seat. The Acenta models come with a choice of Gross Vehicle Weight, ranging from 2.8T to 3.5T, and offer different Length options from L1 to L4, as well as Height options from H1 to H3. Additionally, Acenta models include Lumbar support on the driver's seat and a 105lt fuel tank.

TEKNA models take it up a notch by adding front fog lights, automatic wipers, and headlights. Similar to the Acenta, TEKNA models are available with various Gross Vehicle Weight options (2.8T to 3.5T) and Length and Height options (L1 to L3 and H1 to H3). They come equipped with manual air-conditioning featuring a pollen filter, 50:50 split 270° unglazed rear doors, and a 7-inch Nissan Connect MediaNav system.

At the top-tier, TEKNA+ models offer all the technological, safety, connectivity, and assistance features found in other Interstar grades. Like the other models, TEKNA+ offers different Gross Vehicle Weight options (2.8T to 3.5T) and Length and Height options (L1 to L3 and H1 to H3). Additionally, TEKNA+ includes Lane Departure Warning, Auto high/low beam, and Blind spot detection for increased safety and convenience.

Power and Performance

The Nissan Interstar offers a diverse and potent engine range to meet the needs of businesses with varying load capacities and mileage requirements. Under the hood, drivers can choose options providing a versatile selection tailored to individual preferences.

At the heart of the engine lineup is a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel unit, which serves as the focal point of the Interstar's power and performance. This reliable and efficient diesel engine has undergone enhancements, resulting in an expanded range of power outputs. Previously offering six power variants, the new Interstar now boasts seven, with a new 108bhp entry-level option.

The power outputs for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) models are a 135PS, 110PS and 150PS, 180PS which are both available with both manual and automatic transmission. For the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) models, the power outputs are a 145PS and a 165PS.

Nissan Interstar Interior

These power outputs ensure that businesses can select an Interstar model that best aligns with their operational needs and budget. Whether it's the efficiency-focused 108bhp variant or the commanding 178bhp option, the Interstar provides a well-rounded and adaptable engine lineup.

The new Interstar has proven to deliver smooth acceleration, stable handling, and responsive steering. This combination makes it surprisingly easy to maneuver, even in congested urban environments, allowing drivers to navigate busy streets and tight spaces with confidence.

Furthermore, the suspension system in the Interstar is engineered to absorb road imperfections effectively. As a result, both the driver and passengers experience a comfortable and composed ride, minimizing discomfort during long journeys and ensuring cargo remains secure.

Overall, the new Nissan Interstar delivers an all-around excellent performance, making it a commendable option in the commercial van segment. Its sleek design, comfortable interior, reliable performance, and robust cargo capacity contribute to its appeal for business owners seeking a capable and versatile van. Furthermore, its emphasis on safety features ensures that drivers can transport goods with confidence and peace of mind. The Nissan Interstar proves to be a worthy competitor in the market, offering practicality, reliability, and modernity in one impressive package.

Leasing vs Buying

The Nissan Interstar is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £39,708.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from Price On Request.

If you're considering leasing a Nissan Interstar, we proudly offer excellent van leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Nissan Interstar can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest Audi retailer. 

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