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Nissan e-NV200 Combi Acenta

Strong torque from electric motor

March 2016

Likes:

  • Strong torque from electric motor
  • Silent running at lower speeds boosts comfort
  • Practical cabin is endlessly versatile
  • Good specification on Evalia model

Gripes:

  • Limited range will put off some buyers
  • Commercial origins hard to miss
  • Heating and ventilating large cabin drains battery
  • Interior quality behind most rivals
Having already put down a significant marker with the introduction of the all-electric Leaf, Nissan is expanding its electric car range in the shape of the e-NV200, which it claims is the only seven-seat all-electric MPV currently on sale. That makes it a potential proposition for family buyers as well as professional drivers who need space and versatility.

The NV200 has been available in the UK for some time, both as a commercial product and as a five- and seven-seat vehicle with conventional powertrain options. Now Nissan is looking to exploit an increasing demand for electric vehicles, particularly in urban environments and for shorter journeys, by introducing the e-NV200 model to the range.

The e-NV200 comes in many of the same guises as the combustion-engined version, although it is most likely that the seven-seat version will be of particular interest to private buyers as an MPV. Its commercial origins are an advantage in this case, as it has the box-like exterior design that maximises interior space for any given footprint on the road.

Underneath the skin of the e-NV200 lies much of the mechanical hardware already put to good use in Nissan's all-electric Leaf. While the NV200's rear suspension layout is carried over, the e-NV200 receives the Leaf's front suspension and 24kWh battery pack feeding an AC electric motor. Nissan gives a claimed maximum range of 106 miles.

The e-NV200 is available in a number of configurations, including the more basic Combi model and the highest specification Evalia version. Each model can be bought outright or with battery leasing, while there are also several options for each model in respect of charging modes, with one, two or three rates of charging possible.

Our verdict on the Nissan e-NV200 Combi Acenta
The e-NV200 is undoubtedly a niche vehicle, as its relatively limited range means longer journeys may require modest planning. Within the remit of lots of shorter journeys carrying varying amounts of people and luggage it excels; it is exceptionally versatile and in stop-start urban traffic it is both cleaner and quieter than the best combustion-engined rivals. If the e-NV200 suits your needs it is likely to prove more satisfactory than any alternative.