The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
You sit quite high up in the Leaf, almost as if you were driving an MPV. You’ll either like that or you won’t, but the fact that the steering wheel moves only up and down only (not in and out) is a big issue; it means there’s a good chance that you'll be forced to sit closer to, or farther away from, the wheel than you’d ideally like. It's a far cry from the Mini Electric's comfortable and infinitely tuneable driving position.
The dashboard is mostly user-friendly, and there are simple, physical buttons to operate all the major controls, rather than the silly touch-sensitive interfaces you'll find in some rivals, including the VW ID.3.
Sat nav and infotainment
Every Leaf comes with an 8.0in touchscreen that’s reasonably simple to use, thanks to its logical operating system. Being a touchscreen, it's not as easy to use while you're driving as the BMW i3's or Mini's iDrive rotary controller, but the physical shortcut buttons that flank the display make it easy to hop between functions. We’re also grateful that Nissan hasn’t bowed to the latest trend and swapped the volume knob for a fiddly touch-sensitive pad.
The resolution of the touchscreen is disappointing, though. It is nowhere near as sharp as the Kia e-Niro's, and it can be tricky to see in bright, sunny conditions.