Used Nissan Primera Saloon 2002 - 2006 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2002 - 2006 review
Nissan Primera Saloon (02 - 06)
  • Nissan Primera Saloon (02 - 06)
  • Nissan Primera Saloon (02 - 06)
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Our recommendations

Which used Nissan Primera saloon should I buy?

If you want a saloon, the newest will be a mid-2004 car, as that's when Nissan ditched it from the line-up. We prefer the handier five-door overall, but at least there's no difference in how the two cars drive.

You won't go wrong with any of the engines: a 114bhp 1.8 petrol, 138bhp 2.0 petrol and 2.2 turbodiesel (124bhp from 2002, then 136bhp from March 2003). We like the diesel's pull and economy, but it's more pricey than the petrols. Of those, the 2.0 is refined and strong, but the 1.8 is keen, more frugal and cheaper, which makes it our favourite.

Basic S trim means climate control, six airbags and electric front windows. SE adds alloys, electric rear windows and a better CD, which makes it the best trim to buy, and we'd ignore SVE, even with standard sat-nav. A display screen controls the stereo, climate control and, where fitted, sat-nav and rear parking camera.

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