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Nissan e-NV200 Combi Test Drive Review

Date: 18 June 2015   |   Author:

Category: MPV
Key rival: Nissan Leaf
P11D: £31,254
On sale: Autumn 2014

Bridging the gap between the Leaf car and e-NV200 LCV in Nissan's electric range is the e-NV200 Combi.

Available in five-seat and now seven-seat configurations, it is the most practical of passenger electric vehicles thanks to its boxy van roots, while also offering  an official 106-mile range.

Nissan is offering the choice of buying the Combi outright or leasing the batteries. Buying this top-spec Tekna Rapid Plus outright (the Rapid Plus element adds 6.6kW fast-charging for £666) costs £31,254 before the £5000 Government grant, and that drops by just over another £5000 with the battery leasing options, which range from an extra £61-£106 per month depending on mileage and duration of the lease. The e-NV200 Combi takes four hours to charge with the Rapid Plus or it can be charged in 30 minutes to get to 80% capacity using a 50kW super charger.

To drive, the Nissan can't hide its van heritage. The interior is nicely laid out though, and everything is designed to look as normal as possible.

This top-spec model features Carwings iPhone app connectivity, with satnav, which can set the vehicle temperature and charging controls, plus safety pack and privacy glass, among other kit. All Combis get cruise control, rear parking camera, Bluetooth and climate control.

There's no reach-adjustable steering wheel, but the sliding rear doors are great for rear access, and the luggage area dwarfs that of any car.

It's worth noting that the more distance an EV covers, the cheaper it becomes versus a diesel equivalent, and KwikCarcost has the e-NV200 Combi down as 2.6p per mile more expensive than the diesel over three years and 60,000 miles, mainly due to a residual for the electric model that's five percentage points lower.

But for taxation costs, for driver and company, the electric Combi certainly has enough merit to be considered in the right circumstances, and where the Leaf, which is nearly 4ppm cheaper to run thanks to a better RV, can't offer the person and luggage space required.

Nissan e-NV200 Combi Tekna Rapid Plus

Model price range £19,327-£31,309
Residual value 19.7%
Depreciation £25,103
Fuel £1415
Service, maintenance and repair £988
Vehicle Excise Duty £0
National Insurance £906
Cost per mile 59.7p
Range 106 miles
CO2 (BIK band) 0g/km (5%)
BIK 20/40% per month £26/£52
Warranty 3yrs/100,00mls
Boot space (min/max) 2270/3100 litres
Engine size/power 24kWh


Good EV development but below par as a base vehicle
  • Low in-life operation and taxation costs
  • Higher purchase price, and not the best vehicle to drive