Used Nissan Primera Hatchback 2002 - 2006 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2002 - 2006 review
Nissan Primera Hatchback (02 - 06)
  • Nissan Primera Hatchback (02 - 06)
  • Nissan Primera Hatchback (02 - 06)
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What's the used Nissan Primera hatchback like?

The Nissan Primera may not be quite as sharp to drive as a Ford Mondeo, but it isn't far off. It handles nicely through the bends, with plenty of grip and taut body control, yet it also smooths out bumps at higher speeds.

The steering is overly light, though, and the ride is firm around town. However, all the engines are crisp, rev cleanly and work well with the standard manual gearbox.

On the motorway, it's a generally refined cruiser. However, there is a bit of wind noise, and the CVT auto (continuously variable transmission) can make the engine sound rowdy under hard acceleration.

The well-built cabin is a roomy five-seater, with the rear bench sited slightly higher than the front seats for an airier feel. The driving position is comfortable and, while the big boot is a useful size, it has an irritating narrow opening.