Volkswagen ID.3 vs Nissan Leaf: space and practicality
The Nissan Leaf has a bigger boot, but passengers will have more room inside the Volkswagen ID.3
Without the need for accommodating large internal-combustion engines under the bonnet, these electric family cars are very practical, with plenty of space inside. Part of their practicality is charging, and as we’ve already seen, the Volkswagen is a winner in that respect.
The ID.3 is also a winner when it comes to passenger space. There’s a completely flat floor in the back, so three people can sit on the rear bench in relative comfort, and there’s lots of head and legroom, too. The Leaf has nearly as much room, but access to the rear seats is more difficult and there’s no flat floor.
The Nissan does have a bigger boot, though, at 420 litres. The Volkswagen offers up 385 litres, which is average for a family car and enough for a few suitcases or a typical family shopping trip. Fold the rear seats down and the Volkswagen's boot expands to 1,267 litres, which is actually more than the Nissan’s 1,176-litre area in the same configuration.
Sadly, both cars have a bump in the floor with the seats down; it’s not completely flat, so sliding long items in is more difficult in either case. There are also more interior storage spaces in the ID.3, and the roomier driving position up front means it has a more spacious feel when you sit inside.
In This Review
- 1IntroCan Volkswagen’s electric newcomer, the ID.3, match the well established Nissan Leaf? Read our twin test to find out
- 2Range & chargingThese cars have similar battery sizes, but charging the Volkswagen ID.3 is more convenient
- 3Performance & handlingStrong performance from both cars means they’re good to drive, but the Volkswagen is more grown-up
- 4Space & practicality - currently readingThe Nissan Leaf has a bigger boot, but passengers will have more room inside the Volkswagen ID.3
- 5Interior & infotainmentModern-feeling interior means the Volkswagen edges ahead of the Nissan despite some quality issues
- 6Running costs & warrantyDecent efficiency and easy charging mean both of these electric cars are cheap to run
- 7Safety & reliabilityReliability of new models such as the ID.3 is tough to predict, but the Leaf has a strong reputation already
- 8Verdict & specificationsThe Volkswagen ID.3 feels like the next step for electric family car; the Nissan Leaf has now been left behind