Nissan e-NV200 7-seater review

11 Dec, 2015 12:15pm Mat Watson

Verdict on Nissan's electric seven-seat e-NV200 MPV

Verdict

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The Nissan e-NV200 sits happily in a niche market of its own. However, if you’re looking to buy an electric-powered seven-seat people carrier and the sums (and charging infrastructure) work for you, there really is very little choice. Thankfully, while the e-NV200 does have some flaws, these won’t be sufficient to put you off if you’ve already made the decision to go green. It’s spacious inside, surprisingly nippy and will be cheap to run.

For those with a large family seeking zero-emissions transport, Nissan has the answer: the seven-seater version of its van-based e-NV200 people carrier.

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It uses the motor and lithium-ion battery pack from the Leaf EV and features two fold-down seats in the boot. The car has been built primarily for private hire taxi drivers, fleets and hotels, but it could also work as a cheap-to-run family car for private buyers.

It’s not suitable for long journeys, though. Nissan quotes a range of just 106 miles, yet admits 70 miles is more realistic. Still, the e-NV200 has its merits on short trips. As it’s based on a van, you sit high up, so visibility is brilliant – although the bouncy suspension and remote driving experience betray its roots. But you don’t suffer the diesel clatter associated with commercial vehicles, plus it’s nippy at lower speeds – the instant response of the electric motor makes it feel far swifter than its 14-second 0-62mph time suggests.

There’s plenty of space inside the e-NV200 and the sliding doors make it easy to fit a child seat in the middle row. The rearmost bench is very tight on kneeroom, but unlike in many car-based MPVs, their bases are a normal height – so headroom’s fine.

In five-seat configuration, boot capacity is 870 litres. That rises to 2,940 litres with all the seats down, which is 601 litres more than in a Ford Galaxy. But storage is lacking, and quality is down on car-based rivals’.

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Even so, you can get it with gadgets such as CarWings telematics, sat-nav, a reversing camera and even a heated steering wheel. The biggest issue is price. Our Tekna Rapid Plus costs £26,429 after the £5,000 Government grant. It’s cheap to run, though, and if you can find a rapid charger, you can restore the batteries to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.

Key specs

  • Model: Nissan e-NV200 Combi Tekna Rapid Plus
  • Price: £26,429 (after Gov grant)
  • Engine: AC electric motor
  • Power/torque: 108bhp/254Nm
  • Transmission: Single-speed auto, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 14.0 seconds/76mph
  • Range/CO2: 106 miles/0g/km
  • On sale: Now