What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Roomy, reliable, cheap to run and well equipped

Against Firm ride and bland styling

Verdict A practical, sporty family car in a plain wrapper

Go for… 2.0 petrol in SE/Sport

Avoid… 1.6 petrol and 2.0 TD

Nissan Primera Saloon
  • 1. It's generally reliable, but electrical problems and suspension failures are possible
  • 2. Saloon is only a little less cash than a hatch, so we'd spend the extra on a more practical hatchback instead
  • 3. SE trim is the one to go for. S spec cars are okay, but entry-level E models lack too much kit
  • 4. 138bhp 2.0-litre petrol is the best all-round engine. Avoid the slow 1.6-litre
  • 5. The Primera is cheap to buy, cheap to service and, if it goes wrong, cheap to repair
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