This is the vehicle that many people unfairly overlook when considering a used people carrier. As recently as 1996, however, the Serena outsold the car that started the European MPV ball rolling, Renault's Espace. Available new and used at prices well below those of most of the competition, Nissan's high-sided hold-all makes sense if, like many family buyers, price is all.
The Spanish-built Serena is based heavily on the Japanese original, itself derived from a van. Compromises had to be made for the European market, though the main one, narrow width, is actually appealing to many buyers. It makes the car easier to manoeuvre in narrow streets but also results in high-sided styling.
Because Nissan didn't have to spend billions designing a people carrier from scratch, the Serena is sold at prices that undercut most of the new (and used) competition. To be fair, you won't be buying a vehicle that handles as well as some sophisticated European competitors but you will get a well-equipped family car, readily available on the used market, at prices that give it the edge over most rivals.