Nissan e-NV200 Combi reliability & safety

Tried-and-tested running gear should help the Nissan e-NV200 Combi to be reliable

While the e-NV200 Combi has Nissan's latest 40kW battery, the rest of its running gear is looking rather old these days. It uses the same platform as the NV200 diesel van, while the electric motor is from the first-generation Leaf. While this should mean the e-NV200 Combi is reliable, it’s not offered with the latest safety kit you get with the Leaf.

Nissan e-NV200 Combi reliability & problems

While low sales numbers mean the e-NV200 Combi has failed to show up in our Driver Power owner survey, there is an insight into how reliable it is courtesy of a small taxi firm in Cornwall. C&C Taxis in St Austell has been running an e-NV200 Combi since 2014 and has racked up over 100,000 trouble-free miles in that time. It was so impressed with the Combi’s performance that it has since converted its entire fleet to Combis and Leafs.

And if something should happen, there are a variety of warranties covering different parts of the Combi. The MPV itself gets Nissan’s standard five-year warranty, while the electric running gear gets eight years of cover. That includes a guarantee against capacity loss on the battery – it'll be replaced if the charge meter doesn’t climb above nine bars (out of 12) when the e-NV200 is fully charged.

Safety

Euro NCAP crash-tested the e-NV200 Combi in 2014, when it earned a three-star rating. This was a decidedly average score at the time and the test has been made even tougher since then, so it’s likely the Nissan would score even lower if it was tested today.

Adult occupant protection was rated at 75% and it managed a respectable 80% for child protection. Pedestrian safety was 60% (probably not helped by the charging hardware mounted in the nose of the Combi) and the car received a 38% score for its safety assistance features.

Six airbags are fitted as standard, with driver and passenger bags and two pairs of curtain airbags for the doors. All cars get electronic stability control, tyre-pressure monitoring and anti-lock brakes, while there's a pair of ISOFIX child-seat brackets in the rear bench. Cruise control with a manual speed limiter is offered on the Acenta and Evalia versions, but there are none of the advanced autonomous driving aids that Nissan has rolled out with the latest Leaf.