What's the used Nissan Primera hatchback like?
It's often overlooked, but a used Nissan Primera makes a fine low-cost family car, provided you can live with the bland styling and aren't interested in impressing the neighbours.
You can fit a couple of six-footers in the back, and this hatchback version is even more practical than the saloon that might tempt you. Up front, there's no shortage of space, most people will find the driving position comfortable and the dull-looking dashboard is easy to use.
It's all well built, too, and the quality of materials is a cut above the contemporary Ford Mondeo's. You get a decent amount of kit, too.
So the Primera is very family friendly, and the driver will like it. It's an involving drive and the petrol engines rev willingly. However, the diesel is short of refinement, the ride is firm and, on a motorway trip, it gets on your nerves.