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Nissan e-NV200 Combi

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By Jonathan Crouch

Nissan's e-NV200 Combi offers the cleanliness and cost-effectiveness of pure electric power to family MPV buyers. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 51

Affordable fully electric 7-seat family MPVs are pretty thin on the ground, so we welcome this one. The Nissan e-NV200 Combi offers family MPV folk a clean, cost-effective alternative to a diesel-powered vehicle. Quieter, with more torque and featuring lower day-to-day costs, here's a way to balance family value with eco-mindedness.

Backgroundword count: 153

Some vehicle developments leave you scratching your head. Did we really need a bigger MINI? Why do coupes need four doors these days? What were the team that came up with the BMW X6 thinking? Then there are some new vehicles that make all the sense in the world. Put Nissan's e-NV200 Combi firmly in that category. The market for compact yet spacious family 7-seat MPVs has remained steady in the last few years and if you're going to be covering fairly low mileages in places where emissions are an issue, electric power makes all the right numbers. Given that Nissan's experience with the LEAF has armed it with a huge amount of experience in electric vehicle development, it's hardly surprising that potential buyers might approach this e-NV200 model with a degree of uncertainty. But if you want a People Carrier that lacks an internal combustion engine, don't worry. Nissan has got this.

Driving Experienceword count: 270

The e-NV200 shares a base vehicle platform with the Nissan Micra, which should give you an idea of quite how compact this MPV is. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is ditched in this instance for an 80kW AC synchronous motor, which is fully integrated with the battery charger and inverter in one compact, self-contained unit. There's MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear, and the Lithium-ion battery has been designed to fit under the cargo floor without impinging on available space. This battery pack is 40kWh in size and is packaged very efficiently. This battery assembly also helps boost the torsional and lateral stiffness of the vehicle by 20 percent and 35 per cent respectively over the old conventionally-engined NV200 and helps reduce the centre of gravity. This also aids ride and handling, while the instant torque delivery is perfect for stop and start city driving. It's quicker than the old diesel version of this model to 62mph too, eventually running out of amps at 75mph. The tall panel van shape of the NV200 gives rise to an upright seating position that will help drivers who are forever clambering in and out of their vehicle during the working day. The dash-mounted gear lever features a simplified look and feel - shifting like a conventional automatic rather than the computer-style joystick of LEAF - to help drivers regularly moving from internal combustion-engined vans into the e-NV200 acclimatise more quickly. The steering column adjusts for rake but not reach but it shouldn't be difficult to find a decent driving position. Good visibility and an ultra-tight turning circle also help urban drivers.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

100

Boot capacity min (litres):

870

2940

CO2 (g/km):

8

Length (mm):

4261

Price:

29755

34675

Width (mm):

1809

Electric WLTP-Rated Driving Range (miles):

124

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: MPV People Carriers

Performance
60%
Handling
40%
Comfort
40%
Space
90%
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