This is the new shape Primera with a six speed manual gearbox.
The car was delivered on a Friday and the very same day I started to drive from Finland to the UK and France, during my one month holiday the car covered 6000kms and performed faultlessly, not bad for a car that's factory fresh and running in!
It is extremely quiet and in 2.0 litre form fast as well, at 150kms/hr all you hear is the wind noise.
It handles very surefootedly and the seats and driving position are excellent and very comfortable on a long haul.
Initially, the centrally located instruments seem bizarre, but they very soon grow on you and are quickly mastered and logical, it's so good to see a manufacturer offering something different and better.
I read an article or two in the British motoring press about the Primera and sometimes wonder if motoring journalists actually DRIVE the cars they write about? Some complained about the Primera's 6speed box, mine's perfect. Others doubted the ergonomics, they should try a VW Passat for overated ergonomics out of sight switches and very dubious reliability, mine at least.
The cabin is original and I think attractive, the only complaints I have is why no analogue clock and there's no pull down handle on the boot-lid a ridiculous omission. Overall fit and finish is very high.
I like the shape of the car very much indeed and believe me the headlights give an excellent field of vision, an important point here in Scandinavian winters.
I'm very pleased indeed with the car and the dealer network, fuel consumption is high on this engine as it's a heavy car 1470kgs, but it's fast, quiet accelerates well and is refined. I expect reliabilty to be high too even if it is Euro built rather than Japanese. Strongly recommended all round.