What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For It has a roomy cabin and distinctive looks

Against The ride is firm and the boot is too narrow

Verdict A decent family car that's great value and enjoyable to drive

Go for… 1.8i petrol SE

Avoid… CVT gearboxes

Nissan Primera Hatchback
  • 1. The five-door hatch is much more practical than the saloon
  • 2. The diesels are nice, but pricey, so the 1.8-litre petrol is the best to buy
  • 3. Servicing isn't as cheap as on a Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6, Peugeot 407, Toyota Avensis or Vauxhall Vectra
  • 4. Entry S trim has all the basics, but SE includes alloy wheels, electric windows and a better stereo
  • 5. The car's generally reliable, but electrical problems and suspension failures are possible
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