Nissan e-NV200 Combi reliability & safety
Tried-and-tested running gear should ensure the Nissan e-NV200 Combi is reliable
While the e-NV200 Combi has Nissan's latest 40kWh battery, the rest of its running gear is feeling rather old these days. It uses the same platform as the NV200 diesel van, while the electric motor is from the first-generation Leaf. This should mean the e-NV200 Combi is reliable, though it’s not offered with the latest safety kit you get with the latest Leaf.
Nissan e-NV200 Combi reliability & problems
While low sales numbers mean the e-NV200 Combi failed to show up in the latest Driver Power satisfaction survey, Nissan as a brand did finish a respectable 11th in the top 30 manufacturers' rundown. There is some insight into how reliable the e-NV200 will be, however, courtesy of a small taxi firm in Cornwall. C&C Taxis in St Austell has been running a 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.
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.
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 spaceThe Nissan e-NV200 Combi's van-derived body means there's lots of space inside
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingTried-and-tested running gear should ensure the Nissan e-NV200 Combi is reliable