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The Top Gear car review: Nissan Leaf
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
As with the driving, even sitting in the Leaf does call on you to adapt from your habit. The steering column doesn’t telescope, so you might find it too close or distant unless you recline the seat in a way you aren’t used to. After a while for most people the issue goes away. The seats are quite squidgy, a match for the generally laid-back driving style the battery powertrain encourages.
In the back, room is OK, except for a lack of foot-room under the front seats. Behind, the boot is about average for mid-size hatches. But there’s no spare wheel, and the backrest fold is just a simple flop, leaving a very stepped floor in the max-cube mode.
In keeping with the new oddness-reduced external style, the cabin is now more visually orthodox. The instruments (a proper hardware speedo, the rest by screens) have relatively subdued graphics, while offering a cornucopia of factoids on journey, energy, assistance and entertainment.
On all but the base model, you get built-in connected apps plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A well-rounded Bose sound system is on offer.
It uses decently plush materials in the most eye-catching sections of the dash and doors. You don’t have to look far for let-down cheap elements though. Among them, the cupholders are simple hard-plastic cylinders. Only one vessel size will fit, while everything else rattles annoyingly. None of the oddments bins are soft-lined.
So, all-round a cabin that’s practical if not the very roomiest, and decently built if not offering the ooh-ah quality of a Golf.