There’s plenty of space in the front of the Leaf, equal to that offered in many other mainstream hatchbacks. Even taller drivers won’t feel cramped, and the myriad useful storage points, including twin cupholders and door bins that can also hold bottles, serve to improve the Leaf’s day-to-day usability. There’s a neat little tray in front of the gear selector that can accept a mobile phone, too, or any other shrapnel you might need to put down.
Up front you’ll also find a USB port and 12v point next to the cupholders and phone tray, making it easy to charge a device while having it stored securely. You’ll find the aux-in connector here, too, so you don’t have to trail cables all over the cabin.
The glovebox isn’t particularly big, though, but it’ll hold a few books or some odds and ends with ease.
Nissan Leaf rear space
Decent space for all but the tallest
Three adults will be able to sit in the back in reasonable comfort but those over six feet tall will bemoan the shortage of head room. The prominent central tunnel that runs down the centre of the car does cut foot space a little for the central passenger, though, but it’s unlikely many Leaf owners will routinely be carrying around four adults.
There are map pockets in the front of the rear seats and a small door pocket that will hold a small bottle. There’s no central armrest, but rear passengers all get headrests and a decent view out.
Nissan Leaf seating flexibility
Folding seats but limited flexibility
All versions of the Leaf feature 60:40 split folding rear seats. It’s a pity, then, that they don’t fold down flat and that there’s a big step up from the boot floor to the back of the seats. This means that longer items will only be supported at the top and bottom, meaning they could bend or break.
At least folding the seats is easy enough, because you need only pull the toggles and they tumble down. You don’t have to remove the headrests to fully fold the seats, which is useful. The front seats, meanwhile, adjust manually and are easy to operate.
Nissan Leaf boot space
Plenty of luggage space
The Nissan Leaf’s boot is far bigger than that of, say, a Volkswagen e-Golf. Having said that, it isn’t as easy to use as it could be, because the opening is curved and not very wide, while the boot itself is quite deep. It all means that hefting luggage into and out of it can be unnecessarily difficult.
The rear seats do fold down, in a 60:40 split, but there’s a big step left between the boot floor and the seats. You won’t be able to lie larger objects flat as a result. The Leaf’s suspension also intrudes into the rear bay as well, narrowing the available space towards the middle of the car. The charging cables themselves, too, take up a bit of space, as does the Bose subwoofer in flagship Tekna models. A storage hook provides a point for you to tether the Leaf’s charging cable bag, though.