Nissan Leaf review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Nissan Leaf will happily take four adults, and its boot is one of the biggest in the class
The Leaf comes only as a five-door, five-seat car - and if you’re wondering how well an electric car can accommodate all its batteries and a full load of passengers and packages, the answer is very well.
In part, that’s because the battery pack is underneath where the passengers sit, so it doesn’t intrude into the cabin at all. It’s also easy for the driver to get comfortable behind the wheel, although the steering wheel only adjusts for rake.
The one thing you might notice – especially if you’re in the back – is that you sit a little higher than you might expect. So, rear-seat passengers do sit with their knees a little tucked up, but the car will take four six-footers.
To cap it all, the boot is very generous, meaning the Leaf is one of the most practical cars of its size and type.
One look at the Leaf will show you that, in terms of size and shape at least, it’s a conventional five-door small family hatchback. And, at 4,490mm long, it’s slightly longer than a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf.
Where you will notice the Leaf – quite literally – standing apart from its rivals is its height. At 1,540mm high, it’s a fair bit taller than the Ford and Volkswagen; and, in fact, it’s not far short of SUVs like Nissan’s own Qashqai.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Other than sitting a bit higher than those in the front seats – and with their knees tucked up a little – rear-seat passengers won’t have anything to complain about. In fact, head and legroom are good throughout the Leaf, and it can happily take four adults in comfort.
The Leaf’s boot is simply vast. At 435 litres, it’s way bigger than what you’ll find in electric versions of the Golf or Focus. As a result, it provides enough room for a couple of suitcases or a weekly shop for a (very) large family. There’s certainly space for the thick charging cables EV drivers store in their boots, and even a couple of nets on either side of the boot to tidy those cables away.
And, for those times when you need even more space, you can fold down the rear seats, which are 60/40 split as standard on every model.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe all-electric Nissan Leaf is a practical and efficient family hatch, but it faces a growing number of appealing EV rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveElectric motor responds quickly and smoothly; and, with the e-Pedal system, it makes the Leaf a great car to drive around town
- 3Range, charging and running costsRunning on electric power only and with zero tailpipe emissions, this is a very cheap car to own
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe cabin looks fairly conventional, but there’s an impressive amount of technology fitted
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Nissan Leaf will happily take four adults, and its boot is one of the biggest in the class
- 6Reliability and SafetyA five-star safety rating bodes well, as do the high levels of safety-related technology fitted to the car