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Nissan has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity in recent years, thanks to the development of some key models, including the 350Z, Altima and GT-R supercar. It also created the first crossover, the Qashqai, a car that many have tried to emulate but few have managed to equal.

Nissan cars cover a wide range of genres – city cars, crossovers, 4x4’s, sports cars and electric. It even has a range of light commercial vehicles to be proud of. Whatever you need from a car, there could be a Nissan to suit, and an insurance policy too. Comparing quotes with Confused.com could help you find the best price on your car insurance, and get the level of cover you need. 

Nissan insurance groups

Below are tables for each of Nissan's models and their probable insurance group*. Typically, the higher the number, the higher your insurance premiums will be; although your age, driving history, location and other factors are also taken into consideration when calculating quotes.

If you'd like more information, try reading our guide on how car insurance is calculated.

Nissan 370Z

The 370Z is not a cheap car to run - its V6 is not a particularly economic engine, and due to the amount of CO2 it produces it’s in the highest road tax band. It’s also in the most expensive company car tax bracket. But for some people, it’s entirely worth it.

Euro NCAP have yet to test the Nissan 370Z, but with its Vehicle Dynamic Control system (VDC) it is expected to score well.

The VDC includes a range of safety technologies such as ESP stability control, sports brakes, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, multiple air bags and a pop-up bonnet that rises in a crash to help protect any pedestrian that may be involved in the impact.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Nismo (13 on) 3.7 44 L
Coupe (09 on) 3.7 44 - 47 L
Roadster (10 on)
3.7 47 L - M

Nissan Almera

Produced between 1995 and 2006, the Almera (which replaced the Nissan Sunny), is a mid-sized hatchback from Nissan. Ideal for a small family the Almera is now only available second-hand. In 2003 Nissan gave the Almera a facelift with updated styling and a new engine.

Nissan haven't released a successor for the Almera in the UK yet, however the Qashqai crossover has taken the lead as an unofficial successor.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
E 1.5 - 1.8 14 - 18 G - J
S 1.5 - 2.2 14 - 18 G - J
SE
1.5 - 2.2 14 - 22 G - J
 Sport 1.8 - 2.2 18 G - J
Elegance 1.5 - 1.8 14 - 18 G - J

Nissan GT-R

The GT-R is the updated Skyline, Nissan's famous sports car. Nissan dropped the skyline tag in 2009 when this one launched. The GT-R conforms to many sports car rules, being fast, handling well and looking good.

Sitting at the top end of the insurance group and tax bracket range, this isn't likely to be a cheap car to run. It comes with 20" alloys, a V6 twin turbo engine and has the option of adding a track pack if you're buying one new.

Boasting upwards of 471 BHP, this 3.8l engine sure does pack some punch. What you could find with a car of this calibre is that insurance quotes may not be as competitive as cars of a smaller engine or lower insurance group, as some will specialise in the more everyday cars than the high performance ones.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Standard trim 3.8 50 M
Recardo 3.8
50
M
Premium
 3.8
50
M
Black Edition 3.8
50
M

Nissan Juke

Introduced to the UK in 2010, the Nissan Juke is a new breed of crossover. Whereas most crossover cars are a mix of a SUV and hatchback – think Nissan’s Qashqai or the Audi Q3 – the Juke is a cross between an SUV and a supermini.

Available in both two and four-wheel-drive, the Juke comes with an array of technology and gadgets as standard, like climate control, cruise control, ABS and multiple airbags, amongst a range of other features. In 2011 it earned five stars from Euro NCAP for safety, which is the highest level that can be awarded.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Visia 1.5 - 1.6 12 -13 D - E
Acenta 1.5 - 1.6
12 - 21 D - G
Tekna
1.5 - 1.6
 12 - 21 D - H
 Kuro  1.5 - 1.6
 13 - 22 D - G 
N - Tec 1.5 - 1.6
 16 - 26 D - H
 Ministry of Sound  1.5 - 1.6
 14 - 23 D - H
 Shiro 1.5 - 1.6
 13 - 22 D - H

Nissan Micra

The Micra has been around for just over 30 years with 4 different generations of design. The modest 1.2 litre engine has featured in each of the Micra's evolutions since 1982. It's arguably a good first car, as with its smaller engine and low car insurance grouping (the current range of models are all between groups 5 & 9), it could help keep insurance prices down.

It's a popular choice with young drivers, who often have higher insurance premiums as they're generally seen as a higher risk.

Hatchback (09 - 13) Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Visia 1.2 5 - 8 A - D
30 1.2
5 C - D
Elle 1.2
6 - 9 A - D
Acenta 1.2
5 - 9 A - D
Kuro 1.2
5 - 9
A - D
Suiro 1.2
5 - 9
A - D
Tekna 1.2
5 - 9
A - C

Nissan Note

Nissan released the Note on the British public in 2006. It is an MPV-style hatchback built for getting the family around the city. Similar to the Renault Modus, with which it shares its underpinnings, the Note is a deceptively spacious vehicle with a family friendly interior.

Nissan gave the Note a slight facelift in 2009, altering the bodywork slightly and giving it a more economic engine.

The Note sits at the lower end of the typical car insurance group range with its lowest being group 10, and it's highest being a 16. This isn't an exhaustive list, but you can use it to gauge whereabouts the Note sits.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Visia 1.4 - 1.6 10 - 15 A - K
S 1.4 - 1.6
10 - 14 A - M
SE
1.4 - 1.6
10 - 14  C - K
N-Tec 1.4 - 1.6
10 - 15 B - G
 Acenta 1.4 - 1.6
10 - 15 B - G
Tekna 1.4 - 1.6
13 - 16 B - G

Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder is a sizeable car, boasting up to 7 seats that convert into a mind boggling 64 different combinations. Despite being one of the biggest cars in Nissan's fleet, the price tag for a brand new model isn't as big as you might expect. Models in the current range start from just under £33,000.

The Pathfinder received four stars for adult safety and three for child safety from Euro NCAP. These are pre 2009 ratings, before the crash test organisation toughened its tests and criteria.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
S 2.5 27 L
SE 2.5
28 L - M
Acenta
2.5
31 K - L 
Sport  2.5
31 L - M
 Tekna 2.5
31 - 32 K - M

Nissan Primera

The Primera was in production for a total of 16 years in Nissan's UK Sunderland facility, finishing its run in 2006. During that time it went through 4 different facelifts before they eventually retired it.

Having ceased production, the Nissan Primera is now only available to buy second-hand. It is a mid-sized family car available as a hatchback, estate or saloon.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Estate (02 - 06) 1.8 - 2.2 19 - 26 G - K
Hatchback (02 - 06) 1.8 - 2.2 19 - 26
G - K
Saloon (02 - 04)  1.8 - 2.2  19 - 26
G - K

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai has won several awards, including the 2007 Best SUV from Top Gear and What Diesel Car. In 2008 it won Best MPV at the Scottish Car of the Year Awards and Best Medium Family Car in the What Diesel Car awards. The Qashqai also won the What Car? Green Award in 2010 and Best In Class in the 2011 Driver Power Survey.

The table below looks at a selection of models from the original Qashqai range (not the Qashqai+2).

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Visia 1.5 - 2.0 15 - 21 D - K
Acenta 1.5 - 2.0
15 - 21
D - K
N-Tec
1.5 - 2.0
16 - 23
D - K
Tekna 1.5 - 2.0
16 - 22
D - K

Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail has been available since 2001 and is now in its second generation. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two generations just by looking at them as the body hasn’t changed; all the changes took place under the bonnet and in the cabin.

The X-Trail is another SUV which is a 4X4 that isn’t really meant to go off-road – it’s a soft-roader as some people like to call them. It might not be ideal for taking up a mountain or across rough terrain, but it could be great for pulling a trailer, or getting your sports equipment across the fields or beach.

Specification Engine Capacity Insurance Group* Tax Bracket Range
Acenta 2.0 35 H - J
Trek 2.0
26 - 32 J - K
Sport
2.0 - 2.5
29 - 35 J - L
 Adventura 2.0 - 2.5
30 - 35 J - L 
 Tekna 2.0 32 - 35 H - K

*Information sourced from Parkers.co.uk

Nissan cars: did you know?

  • Established - 1933 as Jidosha Seizo Company
  • Founder - Yoshisuke Aikawa
  • Headquarters - Yokohama, Japan

Originally named Jidosha Seizo, the company changed its name to Nissan in 1934 when it manufactured its first cars, marketed under the brand name "Datsun".

In 1999, Nissan formed an alliance with Renault, with each part-owning the other company.

Nissan engines are well regarded in the motor industry for their performance and durability – their VQ engines have been rated among the best by Ward’s Auto World magazine for 14 straight years.

Nissan has a luxury range of cars marketed under the badge of Infiniti.

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