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Nissan Primera Hatchback (02-06) - rated 3.5 out of 5

The origin of the Nissan Primera is a bit complicated because in the past, the Japanese company cars sold in Europe had different names to those sold elsewhere. 

Basically, the first model sold over here was a replacement for the Bluebird that was based on a Pulsar. You could have a hatchback, a saloon or an estate, as well as petrol and diesel engines. 

The second generation came along in 1996 and picked up where the old one left off. It was a nice thing to drive although slightly let down by forgettable styling. You got a range of engines again with a 2.0-litre, 150bhp range topper in the GT version. 

By the time the third generation was released in 1999, the Primera had built a solid fanbase among fleet buyers and those out for a second hand bargain. It was sold in hatchback, saloon and estate as before, with a gentle adaptation of the previous car’s looks.