Nissan e-NV200 van interior & comfort
Dated interior has failed to keep pace with the Nissan e-NV200’s battery technology
As the e-NV200 is based on a van that can trace its production history back almost a decade, it’s no surprise to hear that the interior isn’t at the cutting edge. There are plenty of hard grey plastics, while rubber floor mats are offered to emphasis the e-NV200’s van practicality.
The e-NV200 is a two-seater – if you want more passenger space, there are five and seven-seat Combi versions on offer – but there’s good room for two inside, and you sit high with a good view of the road ahead and big wing mirrors.
Unless you go for the top-spec Tekna model, you get a basic stereo, although it does include Bluetooth and a USB connection to improve connectivity.
Nissan e-NV200 dashboard
The e-NV200’s dashboard is dominated by a large circular display that has a digital speedometer and plenty of information about the van’s battery range and energy use.
There’s a horizontal meter that shows throttle and braking use, another display showing remaining charge and the trip computer shows the estimated range you’ve got left. It’s all easy to read, while the heavily cowled dials don’t suffer from glare.
The centre console features heater controls that are the same as those found on the Leaf, while Tekna models get a touchscreen nav system similar to that found in the Nissan Leaf. This is ringed by a large piece of gloss black plastic that gives the interior a bit of a lift, but can pick up marks quite easily.
Equipment, options and accessories
Starting off with Visia trim, the e-NV200 is reasonably well equipped. It’s spartan in places, with 15-inch steel wheels with wheel trims, halogen headlights and a basic stereo, but you get a Bluetooth phone connection, keyless starting and a USB socket with iPod connectivity. In addition, the passenger seat folds forward, there’s a steel bulkhead and a spare wheel.
Move up to Acenta trim and the door mirrors are power-adjustable, air-conditioning is included, cruise control with a speed limiter is added and there are steering-wheel controls for the stereo, plus a rear-view camera and floor protector for the load area are added.
Acenta also comes with rapid charging included and temperature control of the battery to help it maintain charge capacity. On top of that, Tekna has automatic lights and wipers and touchscreen sat nav with connected services.
If you buy a Visia, your only options are the rapid-charge function, heated seats, a folding mesh bulkhead and glazed rear doors. You can add these to Acenta and Tekna (although they come with rapid charge as standard), while metallic paint, sat nav (Acenta only) and a variety of kit designed to protect your van’s interior and load area is also available.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
While the basic e-NV200 has to make do with a conventional stereo, the top-spec Tekna comes with an infotainment system featuring NissanConnect EV services, exactly like those available on the Leaf hatch. This is optional on the Acenta.
If you download the accompanying app, you can track the van at all times, which is an especially useful feature for fleet managers, who can log reports automatically without having to fill out paperwork.
You can monitor the van remotely, so if it’s on charge, you can see how long it’s going to take, and you can also set up alerts notifying you of when the van is fully charged. You can also start the climate control remotely, so that the interior is up to temperature while the van is still plugged in, saving battery energy for the job of driving.
In This Review
- 1VerdictAs it uses the same technology as the Nissan Leaf, the Nissan e-NV200 currently offers the longest range of any electric van on sale
- 2Range, battery & chargingAs it uses the same technology as the Leaf, the Nissan e-NV200 has the longest range of any small electric van
- 3Running costsA competitive price and the best range in the class make the Nissan e-NV200 a tempting proposition
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThere’s reasonable power on offer, but the Nissan e-NV200 is designed for function rather than fun
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingDated interior has failed to keep pace with the Nissan e-NV200’s battery technology
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Nissan e-NV200 has the largest load area of the small electric van field
- 7Reliability & safetyIt’s an ageing design, so while the Nissan e-NV200 is a better electric van than before, safety kit is lacking