Nissan e-NV200 Combi practicality & boot space
The Nissan e-NV200 Combi's van-derived body means there's lots of space inside
With its square, van-derived body, the Nissan e-NV200 Combi makes up for its lack of driving thrills with the most practicality of any electric car at this price point. Double sliding side doors mean access to the rear is easy even in tight spaces, while the top-hinged tailgate leaves a big opening to get to the boot. However, the tailgate itself is big and bulky to open and close. If you want them, Nissan offers double doors that are split 40:60 as an alternative to the tailgate, although these won’t necessarily be any easier to open and close in tight spots.
Nissan e-NV200 Combi interior space, storage & comfort
There’s decent room inside the e-NV200. Headroom isn’t an issue thanks to its tall body, and a high seating position means the view of the road ahead is good. But the extra quarter lights ahead of the wing mirrors aren’t much good at boosting forward visibility, while the windscreen pillars are rather thick, too.
Large wing mirrors offer a useful view back, and the large windows help this, too, while the Evalia version adds a wide-angle reversing camera. There are no parking sensors, though. Storage comprises a shallow tray between the seats with 12v and USB sockets next to it, two cup-holders on the dashboard, a modest glovebox, small door bins and a dash-top tray behind the centre console. There are picnic trays attached to the back of the front seats that flip up for passengers in the back, while cup-holders are available at the very rear of the seven-seat model.
The five-seat model has 1,900 litres of space in five-seat mode, which grows to 3,100 litres when only using two seats. In comparison, the seven-seat version has 600 litres of space with all seats in place, 1,500 litres in five-seat mode and 2,300 litres of space in two-seat mode. The rear seats in the Combi aren’t removable, but they flip up to make the extra room. The second row flips up and forwards to make more space, while the third-row seats in the seven-seater fold sideways to make boot space in the back.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Nissan e-NV200 Combi is a seven-seat electric MPV that's temptingly affordable, but has been left behind by more recent arrivals to the market
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe battery from the latest Nissan Leaf gives the e-NV200 Combi enough range to make it appealing for everyday use
- 3Running costsThe Nissan e-NV200 Combi is one of the cheapest electric seven-seaters on sale and its electric powertrain promises minuscule running costs
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Nissan e-NV200 Combi is safe and secure, but not very quick – even without a full set of passengers on board
- 5Interior & comfortHard plastics and dated on-board technology mean the e-NV200 is a disappointing inside
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe Nissan e-NV200 Combi's van-derived body means there's lots of space inside
- 7Reliability & safetyTried-and-tested running gear should ensure the Nissan e-NV200 Combi is reliable