Nissan E Nv200 Practicality and Boot Space | Electrifying

Nissan e-NV200 Review

Price: £20,005 - £33,955

Electrifying.com score

7/10

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We're all rather fond of a practical workhorse and although it's getting on a bit, this is one of the few electric offerings around on sale right now that's up for the job. 


  • Battery size: 40kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.35
  • E-Rating™: D

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  • Max charge rate: 50 kW
  • Range: 124 miles
  • Battery size: 40kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.35
  • E-Rating™: D

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 50 kW
  • Range: 124 miles
  • Nissan ENV200
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  • Electrifying.com E-Rating D
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 2/03/2020・Updated: 6/12/2022

Ginny Says

“It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the Nissan Leaf and van drivers can benefit from the same technology, as the e-NV200 uses exactly the same tech but in a larger-than-average small van and the driving range is the best out of the electric vans on the market.”

Tom Says

“It has got loads of space and can seat up to seven, so it's certainly practical and I like the app that lets you do things like start the air-con whilst it's still charing. It works well for last-mile deliveries, or if you work in city centres with congestion charging.”

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With the batteries stashed under the floor the e-NV200 is a useful van, with a big load space and reasonable carrying ability.

  • Length:4,560mm
  • Width:1,500mm
  • Height:1,358mm
  • Boot space:4200/1,900/600 litres

Practicality and Boot Space

Despite having a battery pack stashed underneath the floor, the load space of the e-NV200 is the same as the (now discontinued) diesel version. That means it’s bigger than most of the car-derived vans and is able to swallow two standard-sized Euro pallets with a weight of up to 705kg. That’s about 35 fully-loaded holiday suitcases, one and a half Renault Twizys or more than 2,000 cans of Coke.

The Combi comes with either five seats and a massive 1,900 litre boot (bigger than most estate cars with the seats folded down) or seven seats and a still-reasonable 600 litres.

As the e-NV200 is taller than most vans in this class it is ideal for businesses which need to carry higher loads such as hanging clothing, plants and furniture. The exact maximum dimensions of the load space are 2,040mm long by 1,500mm wide and 1,358 high, but there is some intrusion from wheel arches and other lumps.

This load space can be accessed via two sliding side doors and a pair of side hinged rear doors. A steel bulkhead is fitted across the van range as standard. 

Technology

Under the skin, the Nissan e-NV200 has exactly the same sophisticated control systems for the motor and chargers as the Leaf car, which means it is a very advanced vehicle. But all this technology might not be immediately apparent to the driver of the van who gets a pretty raw deal. The equipment list on the two lower trim levels includes such items as an AM/FM radio and CD player which most teenagers would consider an antique. 

There are a few bright spots though. All e-NV200s have an ‘intelligent’ key and push-button start, Bluetooth and a USB connector so you can at least listen to a music format from this century.

If you want to treat yourself or your employees to a bit more luxury, the middle trim level adds a rear view camera and cruise control. The top Tekna gets navigation and automatic lights.

The passenger-carrying Combi models get a few extra trinkets on the top Evalia trim, including a DAB radio and LED headlamps. 

More useful is a telematics system called NissanConnect EV which digitally tracks and exchanges data about mileage and charging status remotely. If you’re managing a fleet of e-NV200s it will make admin and monitoring much easier.

Safety

It’s tricky to compare the safety levels of cars and vans, especially as most businesses will be more interested in keeping the list price of a working vehicle as low as possible, so safety kit can fall down the list of priorities.

As a consequence, the e-NV200 doesn’t come packed with gadgets to help keep you safe such as lane departure warnings, automatic braking assistance. The entry level Visia doesn’t even have side or passenger airbags.

On the positive side, the e-NV200 has better visibility than most small vans, a tyre pressure monitoring system and the mid-range version upwards gets a reversing camera.

The independent testers at Euro NCAP did test a Combi passenger version of the e-NV200 in 2014 and it got a pretty poor three-star rating. If it was tested today under the stricter rules it would fare even worse. 

Although it is comparable to most other commercial vehicles and isn’t likely to be a worry if most of your day is spent at low speed in traffic, it might play on your mind if you’re looking for an all-electric alternative to a conventional people carrier. 

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