Nissan NV300 Combi gets new look for 2021

  • Facelifted front end and new interior for NV300 passenger models
  • Engines now meet Euro 6D Full, with slight performance increase
  • New look headed for the NV300 van later in 2020

The Nissan NV300 Combi is the passenger-carrying version of the NV300 van with space inside for up to nine people. For 2021, the Combi been given a fresh new look, which we understand previews changes also coming to the van version later in the year.

The upgrades include not only a substantially updated front-end facelift, but also changes to practicality features on the inside, engines that meet the latest Euro 6D Full emissions standards and an increase in active safety equipment – something that can only be good news, since the NV300 is one of few vans currently ‘not recommended’ by Euro NCAP on the basis of ‘general lack of safety systems.’

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2021 Nissan NV300 facelift

On the outside, the NV300 Combi has received a pretty unmissable facelift, based on the ‘interlock grille’ design of the larger NV400, which was updated in 2020. It’s quite an angry, angular-looking thing, complete with LED headlights and ‘Nissan specific’ daytime running lights.

2021 Nissan NV300 Combi - facelift front view driving round corner, silver

You can even option 17-inch alloy wheels, if you wish – though this may not be the best news for ride comfort.

2021 Nissan NV300 interior

On the inside of the Combi there’s a ‘completely refreshed’ cabin, including an all-new dashboard finished in satin chrome and dark carbon that ‘reflects the style of a passenger car’ thanks to its ‘premium appearance’.

2021 Nissan NV300 Combi - new interior, dashboard, NissanConnect infotainment touchscreen

Practicality gets a boost, too. Where the front bench seat is fitted there’s a 54-litre underseat storage compartment, contributing to a total in-cabin storage volume of more than 88 litres.

2021 Nissan NV300 engines

The 2.0-litre dCi engines fitted in the NV300 Combi now meet Euro 6D Full emissions regulations – an upgrade from the previous Euro 6D Temp motors.

Offered with a choice of 110hp, 150hp and 170hp, that’s a slight power increase for the less potent pair, while the 170hp model gets an increase in torque to 380Nm.

2021 Nissan NV300 Combi - side view, driving, silver

The 110hp and 150hp versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the impressive DCT automatic is available as an option on the 150hp model and standard on the 170hp variant.

Improved safety equipment

The 2021 NV300 Combi gets improved front airbags and, depending on equipment grade, an increase in advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) – namely Blind Sport Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

However, there is still no mention of any form of autonomous emergency braking system.

2021 Nissan NV300 Combi - rear view, silver

Buyers can select a new ‘multi-touch’ NissanConnect infotainment system with 8.0-inch screen, sat-nav and smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Does this mean the NV300 van is getting a facelift, too?

We understand that the same makeover is heading for the van version of the NV300, though exactly when this is likely to arrive in the UK is not clear at this stage.

When does the new-look Nissan NV300 Combi go on sale?

The facelifted Nissan NV300 Combi is set to go on sale in the UK from May 2021.

There’s no pricing information just yet, but as with all of Nissan’s other light commercial vehicles, the Combi comes with a five-year / 100,000-mile pan-European warranty.

Also read:

>> Our main Nissan NV300 review

>> Euro NCAP rates the best and worst vans for safety

>> Is the best family car actually a van?

>> Our Ford Transit Custom review