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Nissan Primera Hatchback (96 - 02) review

(1996 - 2002)
Nissan Primera Hatchback (96 - 02)
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Which used Nissan Primera hatchback should I buy?

There isn't much of a price gap between the hatch and saloon, so we'd take the hatch. We'd also look for an SE or Sport version; the entry-level E trim and the GX are pretty basic. SE equips you with everything you need for safe, comfortable family motoring, while Sport adds a splash of aluminium in the cabin and smart alloy wheels.

GT versions are well kitted out and have a 150bhp 2.0-litre engine for warm-hatch pace (0-60mph in 8.8sec, 136mph). It's a good car, but we wouldn't pay the extra over the standard 138bhp 2.0, which is our pick. With the manual gearbox, it's perky, eager to rev and quite frugal. Avoid the thirsty, sluggish CVT (continuously variable transmission) auto gearbox, though.

The willing 1.8 is a good second choice and as easy on the juice as the tardy 1.6. There's also a tough, fuel-efficient, if noisy, 2.0 diesel.

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Which used Nissan Primera hatchback should I buy?

There isn't much of a price gap between the hatch and saloon, so we'd take the hatch. We'd also look for an SE or Sport version; the entry-level E trim and the GX are pretty basic. SE equips you with everything you need for safe, comfortable family motoring, while Sport adds a splash of aluminium in the cabin and smart alloy wheels.

GT versions are well kitted out and have a 150bhp 2.0-litre engine for warm-hatch pace (0-60mph in 8.8sec, 136mph). It's a good car, but we wouldn't pay the extra over the standard 138bhp 2.0, which is our pick. With the manual gearbox, it's perky, eager to rev and quite frugal. Avoid the thirsty, sluggish CVT (continuously variable transmission) auto gearbox, though.

The willing 1.8 is a good second choice and as easy on the juice as the tardy 1.6. There's also a tough, fuel-efficient, if noisy, 2.0 diesel.

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