Nissan Leaf boot space & seating
We have few complaints about the amount of space inside the Nissan Leaf – for both passengers and luggage
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Like the Volkswagen ID.3 and Peugeot e-208, the Nissan Leaf is a spacious electric hatchback that’s ideal for a family of four. However, while the boot might be almost as big as the Volvo XC40’s, we’d like to see a better cable-storage solution than the awkward net holdalls.
Nissan Leaf interior space, storage & comfort
The Leaf’s batteries are located under the back seats, which doesn’t intrude on space, although the rear-seat passengers sit a little higher than in a regular hatchback, with their knees up a bit as a result. There’s enough space for two adults in the back, but as is par for the course for any car this size, three abreast is a squeeze. The Leaf competes with the best similarly sized hatchbacks, although a Kia e-Niro is a fraction roomier.
Space in the front is more than adequate, although the steering wheel only adjusts up and down, not in and out, so it can take a bit of trial and error to get comfortable. There’s no powered seat adjustment, either. The Leaf is less impressive when it comes to interior storage – there isn’t a huge amount of it over and above the usual door pockets and centre-console cubbies.
The Leaf's boot measures an impressive 435 litres. It's easily big enough for a couple of suitcases and has nets that you can use to keep the cables out of the way, although folding them up neatly enough to actually fit properly in these storage areas is a feat of patience that some may find tiresome on a day-to-day basis.
The rear seats split 60:40 and when fully folded down, increasing space to 1,176 litres, but the depth of the boot means there’s a big step and no flat floor, which may limit usability. Leafs fitted with the Bose stereo upgrade have slightly less luggage capacity due to the installation of additional equipment in the boot. Finally, there’s no 'frunk' storage area beneath the Leaf’s bonnet, as there is in some electric cars.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe second-generation Nissan Leaf is one of the more affordable and practical electric cars on the market, with both standard and long-range versions available
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Leaf does a good job of getting close to its claimed range figures, although more modern rivals are starting to go further
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Nissan Leaf is relatively affordable to buy and also one of the cheapest family hatchbacks to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Nissan Leaf's very impressive performance on the road is marred only by slightly stiff suspension
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Nissan Leaf's interior is quite conventional in appearance and material quality is a little hit-and-miss
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingWe have few complaints about the amount of space inside the Nissan Leaf – for both passengers and luggage
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Nissan Leaf has been proven to offer reliable and safe family transport across two generations so far
- 8Living with itWe spent six months running a Nissan Leaf in Tekna spec to get a thorough overview of what it's really like to own one of these pioneering electric cars