At the NV200's relatively low price, not much should be expected in terms of the design, build quality, and materials used within its cabin. The overall impression is as rudimentary as it gets, barring the fairly modern seven-inch touchscreen that adorns the dashboard. Otherwise, the steering wheel, dashboard, and seats feel as low-grade as they look, and the driver's controls and AC buttons are chunky, tacky-looking, and totally outdated - although are likely to stand the test of time. The layout is easy to understand though, and the cabin's construction is reasonably ergonomic, thanks to all the room upfront. There is the occasional rattle from the cargo area but everything does seem to be relatively well put together and purposefully built to last, at least. Its sheer practicality over luxury in the NV200, and sensibly so.
There's seating for only two in the NV200 Compact Cargo with a spot for the driver and another for a single front passenger. There's no adjustability featured in the steering wheel at all and both the front seats get only a limited level of manual adjustment (six ways for the driver, and four for the passenger); fortunately, there's plenty of free cabin room available for the front seat passengers to make use of. As might be expected, the NV200's cabin is still a lot less spacious than that of competitors. While this means less capacity for cargo, it doesn't hamper passenger room to any extent. While it's easy to see out the front, rearward visibility is severely impeded by the windowless side and rear doors. The large side-view mirrors help make things a little easier, but the optional sliding door glass and rear door glass window packages are recommended.
|Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Trims||S||SV|
|Headroom Front Seat||41.7 in.||41.7 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.6 in.||42.6 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||54.1 in.||54.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||51.3 in.||51.3 in.|
Both NV200 models are fitted with a basic polyurethane steering wheel, while the dashboard and door panels consist of mostly hard touch plastics and share a dark/light gray dual-tone color scheme. The seats are upholstered in gray cloth upholstery with vinyl wear-patched bolsters, and the headliner is featured in a light gray cloth material. There's a hard plastic cover on the backside of the passenger seat that acts as a table-top for doing paperwork when folded down, and the cargo floor at the back is layered with a thermoplastic polyolefin covering for added durability.
Unlike most vehicles in this class, the NV200 Compact Cargo is available in only a single body configuration, capping cargo-hauling capabilities to a set capacity while many competitors are available in various wheelbase lengths. The NV200's diminutive dimensions, along with its compact drivetrain and rear suspension, provide for a cargo bay area of 82.8 inches in length, 54.8 inches in width (48 inches between the wheel wells), and 53 inches in height, with a step-in height of only 19.2 inches. A total of 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space is offered up in the cargo bay with a maximum payload capacity of 1,480 lbs in base form; the slightly heavier SV grade carries 30 pounds less. The Ford Transit Connect offers 127.4 cubes of cargo space and a payload capacity of 1,550 lbs in its long-wheelbase format, dropping to 104.8 cubes with the shorter wheelbase. The Ram ProMaster City offers class-leading figures of 131.7 cubes of cargo space and a payload capacity of 1,890 lbs.
In-cabin storage points include a handy dashboard tray, a broad center console storage cubby, a deep passenger-side glove box, a slide-out storage tray under the passenger seat, useful door side pockets, and two large cupholders.
|Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Trims||S||SV|
|Trunk Width (Wheelhousings)||48 in.||48 in.|
|Trunk Height (Area)||53 in.||53 in.|
|Trunk Volume||53 cu. ft.||53 cu. ft.|
As with many utilitarian vehicles, the NV200 is outfitted with pretty much just the bare necessities. Manual air conditioning is standard with no upgrade options available, and there are power doors and windows with a driver's side one-touch auto-up/down feature. The driver's seat features six-way manual adjustability and the passenger's seat gets four-way settings with fold-flat capability. Pre-wiring for telematics upfitting is inclusive as well. A rearview camera, cruise control, and hill start assist are the only standard driver-assist features in the S trim. The SV gets a remote keyless entry system along with power-operated and heated side mirrors. Rear parking sensors are equipped to the SV.
Nissan upped the ante on infotainment in the NV200 last year, fitting every trim with a seven-inch color touchscreen display, the largest standard-fit multimedia touchscreen featured in the segment. Both the NV200 trims also come inclusive of full smartphone integration with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is also unique in the segment as rivals need to have these optioned on. The system includes an AM/FM/CD stereo with two front-door-mounted speakers, and there's also SiriusXM satellite radio connectivity which comes with a three-month subscription. Bluetooth hands-free smartphone connectivity and audio streaming are included, and conventional connectivity is provided via a single auxiliary audio input jack, a USB charge port, and a 12-volt power outlet.