This is a new release from Nissan and the company is confident the e-NV200 Combi is a ‘game changer’ given its long range and large loading capacity. As Nissan has had enormous success with the Leaf, it’s no surprise to hear it being so confident. Read on to see if Nissan’s latest attempt to increase its stake in the EV is a hit or a miss.
Nissan have taken the electric motor from the Leaf and plopped it straight into it e-NV200 Combi; this move should save motorists a fortune on diesel but one can’t help but wonder if a more powerful motor should have been used since it is a van.
The steering wheel has been designed at a flat angle which means it will take a while to get comfortable in this vehicle but the steering rack is very sharp and the turning circle of the e-NV200 Combi is small for a van. Naturally, this will prove to be exceptionally useful when driving in towns and cities.
There are three trim levels: Acenta, Acenta Rapid and Tekna Rapid. The term ‘rapid’ refers to the inclusion of fast charging capability. The EV’s equipment pack includes air conditioning, electric windows, Bluetooth and a rear camera. The CARWINGS service from Nissan is also included and this allows remote access to the amount of battery charge remaining whether you are on a Smartphone or computer.
When we heard the e-NV200 Combi was designed to change the market, we expected a huge range and 106 miles is not bad at all. However, add in the fact that the top speed is 76mph, the range drops to 70 miles when loaded, it takes 14 seconds to go 0-62mph and it all seems a little underwhelming, even for a van.
The e-NV200 Combi performs well in the city thanks to the instant response of the electric motor and single-gear ratio; travelling through traffic is a breeze and much less frustrating than in a normal van. When it comes to quicker roads, the e-NV200 Combi is less impressive and you’re in for a bumpy ride if there is no load in the back.
If you live in London, the e-NV200 Combi is a worthy investment as you will save £11,000 in congestion fees in four years along with the £5,000 grant. This saves a huge chunk of the £22,900 purchase price and it gets even cheaper if you choose to take on the battery lease contract of £61 a month offered by Nissan.
Overall, it is a good effort by Nissan but we don’t feel the e-NV200 Combi is a ‘game changer’.
- Rating: 3.5/5
- Cost: £22,900 ($37,900)
- Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): estimated at 153mpg
- Official Driving Range (Miles): 106 miles
- Standard Charging Time (Hours): 8 hours – 80% charge in 30 minutes with supercharger
- Practicality (Seats & Doors): 6 doors, 5 seats
- Engine Size: 80kW synchronous
- Engine Power: 109bhp
- Transmission: Single-speed front wheel drive
- Acceleration (0-62mph): 14 seconds
- Top Speed (mph): 76mph
- NCAP Safety Rating: N/A