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Nissan Leaf interior, dashboard & comfort

The Nissan Leaf's interior is quite conventional in appearance and material quality is a little hit-and-miss

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£28,440 - £34,890
Fuel Type:
Electric

Unlike some other electrified models, the Nissan Leaf is fairly conservatively designed inside. That means there are few sweeping lines and neon-lit panels. This may please buyers trading up from regular family hatchbacks, but those looking for a plethora of on-board technology and screens may be disappointed. It looks especially dated next to the new Nissan Ariya.

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 smaller than the huge tablet-style displays that are becoming common in more recently launched models, while there’s a digital screen that displays a conventional dial alongside other information.

Technology fans may be a little disappointed, then. but those seeking a dose of family-car familiarity won’t be. 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

As of early 2022, the standard Leaf is offered in three trim levels, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna, while the longer-range Leaf e+ version is offered only in the last two of those three versions. Acenta offers a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, air-conditioning, automatic wipers, automatic headlights and adaptive cruise control with a speed limiter, plus alloy wheels and a parking camera.

To that, 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, while Tekna adds Nissan's ProPilot driver-assistance technology, leather upholstery, LED headlights, a Bose stereo, 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 these days. 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 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.

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