Onward and upward: Nissan Leaf version 2 reviewed

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The new Leaf’s instruments are more conventional than the old split-level layout, with a fixed analogue speedometer viewed in conventional fashion through the wheel, to the right of a large digital display showing battery state and a selection of information readouts, accessed via wheel buttons. The most useful screens are probably a demand gauge, swinging between power use and regeneration to help you drive frugally, or a simple digital speed readout. Road sign recognition will also help you keep tabs on your speed.

Elsewhere the cabin hasn’t changed drastically compared with previous Leafs. The steering wheel design is much improved and the buttons are more usable, but the central seven-inch touchscreen is lacking in both speed of response and graphical sophistication. When I tried pinching the satnav screen to zoom the map, the software ignored my attempt at such new-fangled digital witchcraft.

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