Saturday, 22 February 2020

On the inside

Just like when driving, even when you're in the Leaf, you have to adjust to your habit. The steering column does not telescope, so you may find it too close or too far unless you lean back in a way that you are not used to. After a while, the problem disappears for most people. The seats are pretty squidgy, a match for the generally relaxed driving style that drives the battery.

Space in the back is OK, except for a lack of foot space under the front seats. The rear luggage space is about average for medium-sized hatches. But there is no spare wheel, and the backrest fold is just a simple thud, leaving a very stair-like floor in the max-cube mode.

In keeping with the new strangeness-reduced external style, the cabin is now more visually orthodox. The instruments (a good hardware speedo, the rest through screens) have relatively modest graphic images, while they offer an abundance of factoids on travel, energy, assistance and entertainment.

On everything except the basic model, you get built-in connected apps plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A well-rounded Bose sound system is offered.

It uses decent plush materials in the most striking parts of the dashboard and doors. However, you don't have to look far for cheap elements. Among them, the cup holders are simple hard-plastic cylinders. Only one barrel size fits, while everything else annoys. None of the waste bins are softly lined.

So, a cabin that is practical, if not the most spacious, and solidly built if it does not offer the ooh-ah quality of a wave.

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