Leaf, grown: Nissan’s electric e-NV200 Combi driven

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There’s enough room for another row of seats in the back, but alas the Combi is available only as a five-seater.

Climb into the driver’s chair and you’ll find strong echoes of the Leaf, albeit much higher up in the air. The steering wheel looks identical, though when bolted to a van’s steering column it greets you at what feels like the same angle as a dinner plate. The helm can also be twirled, quite literally, with one finger. The steering is not especially direct or full of feel – I lost count of how many turns will take you from lock to lock but it’s a lot.

The centre console, finished in glossy black plastic and containing a bright display screen as standard, also looks familiar though is not quite identical to the equivalent fascia in a Leaf. Helpfully, a reversing camera comes as standard though the mirrors are big and give a good view of the rear corners when inching around in car parks. Nissan’s clever Around View Monitor, which makes use of multiple cameras to give a bird’s eye view of things in every direction on the centre screen, comes fitted to the plusher Tekna trim levels.

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