Nissan Leaf interior & comfort
Unlike some other electric models – step forward the Toyota Prius – the Nissan Leaf is fairly conservatively designed inside. That means there are few sweeping lines and neon-lit panels, which will please buyers trading up from regular hatchbacks.
Nissan Leaf dashboard
Although the Leaf is conventional inside, there are still some neat design touches, such as a number of blue accents and flashes to highlight the electric nature of the car.
The infotainment screen is of a size and shape commonly found in other cars, rather than a huge tablet-style display. There’s a digital screen that displays a conventional dial alongside other information, but technology fans may be a little disappointed. Those seeking a dose of familiarity won’t, though.
Things get a little more mixed when look at the materials used. Most of the parts you’ll frequently touch feel tactile, but run your hand across the top of the dashboard or along the top of the door panels and it feels surprisingly low-rent, given the asking price.
Equipment, options & accessories
The Nissan Leaf range includes three trim levels: Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.
Acenta offers a seven-inch TFT screen, air-conditioning, automatic wipers, headlights and cruise control with a speed limiter, along with alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, a parking camera and the Nissan Connect EV 7 infotainment system.
From there, the N-Connecta adds larger alloy wheels, folding mirrors, part-synthetic leather seats and Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor, which includes various object detection and driver drowsiness warning functions.
Tekna adds ProPilot self-driving technology, leather upholstery, LED headlights, a Bose stereo upgrade, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
The choice of options depends largely on the trim you go for. Some of the standard features on the next model up are optional on the one below, but a space-saver spare wheel is a must-have extra on all models.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The Nissan’s touchscreen system is adequate but far from class-leading. It allows you to plot a route that takes in public charging stations on the way, and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to use your phone’s map and music functions.
The standard stereo is decent, but the Bose upgrade will please keener ears. Many Leaf owners will like having the NissanConnect EV app, which allows you to check the car’s battery charge, remotely start the charging and even set the air-conditioning.
Other features include a car location service to prevent you losing your car in the car park, and a route planner. It’s all useful stuff, but the app can be slow to operate and sometimes even fails to connect to the car at all in our experience of living with the Leaf, which is why it gets a poor sub-two-star rating on the app store.