The interior layout, fit and finish
So far we’ve only tried a top-spec Exclusive model, whose standard electric driver’s seat has lumbar support adjustment; adjustments in Excite trim require muscle power, but do include lumbar support. Setting the seat to a position that’s comfortable is a breeze although some may wish it dropped a little lower. A height and reach adjustable steering wheel makes it even easier to tailor your driving position – the Nissan Leaf’s only moves up and down.
All trims place a 7.0in digital display between a pair of analogue dials that is able to show a variety of information. It’s bright and clear enough, with easy to use steering wheel mounted controls. Just don’t expect snazzy graphics like those of the Peugeot e-208. There are handy physical controls for the heater and stereo, though.
From behind the wheel it feels much like a regular car (like the e-208) unlike the loftier Leaf and Renault Zoe. Forward visibility is good thanks to relatively thin windscreen pillars, although the rising window line and chunky rear pillars do limit over the shoulder visibility. All models get rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, but front sensors and LED headlights aren’t available.
The 8.0in touchscreen for the infotainment is mounted a little low in the dashboard, so you have to take your eyes a long way from the road to use it. The home screen icons are usefully big and there are some physical shortcut buttons below the screen to make navigation easier. Unfortunately the system is painfully slow to respond to commands and many of the icons are far too small to hit on the move. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on both trims, with Exclusive adding sat nav.
Like in the Leaf, you’ll find hard plastic almost everywhere you look and feel, save for a few padded areas on the dash and armrests. Still, liberal application of chrome and piano black trims improve the ambiance, although the only leather you’ll find is on the steering wheel and certainly not on the seats, despite appearances to the contrary.
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