Nissan Leaf UK Review


The Nissan Leaf has actually been around for the last decade but now has a better all-round model than the original.

It’s the best-selling modern electric car in UK history which is leading the new generation of eco-cars.

It’s fresher and more up to date than its predecessor and ticks all the boxes for those car owners who respect the environment.

Nissan has worked hard to modernise both the interior and exterior specifications by listening to customer feedback and those who took the plunge by investing in ecology.

The new generation Leaf is faster, better to handle, more spacious inside, and capable of going further than the original distances between charges.

So, by reworking this popular model by making it more nippy and more competitively priced, the Nissan Leaf is an incredibly electric contender.

The Leaf’s battery range has actually increased by 50%, its motor power by 40%, and torque by 25%, and it has also amazingly decreased its prices, depending on trim level, which certainly isn’t something to be sniffed at.

It’s viewed as sharper looking too than many of its opponents and is highly praised for its 239 NEDC-certified cruising range, better price, and relevant public fast-changing infrastructure.

However, the main criticism of the Leaf is still aimed at the interior…

Complaints are that the car’s driving position is too close to the battery, and therefore it feels as though you’re perching up front, which isn’t helped by the lack of telescopic steering column adjustment.

For all the moans, though about the inside, you’ll have to admit that the car is more resistant to body roll and is still an enjoyable and comfortable ride.

This is because the springs are softer, the dampers are more rigid, the anti-bars are stiffer, and there is more structural reinforcement to ensure the suspension works more effectively, giving you a comfier ride.

Likewise, the body roll is grippier and makes for a more comfortable journey.

It’s well-equipped with a semi-autonomous ProPilot cruise control system, as well as a much more modern infotainment system.

So, the 239-mile range version sits on top of the Nissan line-up, with the 168-mile 40kWh battery models offering a cheaper alternative for those who don’t frequently have such long journeys to make.

The Leaf has a 40kWh of battery power now to play with as well as the increase of motor – up to 236lb-ft.

This means the 0-62mph time is now 7.9secs. Its speed can hit 90mph to restrict the battery from being used up unnecessarily.

PROS
 Easy to drive, silent, and relatively refined
 Intuitive and easy-to-use e-pedal set-up
 The 62kWh Leaf e+ has up to a 215-mile range
CONS
 Strange, poor driving position and lack of enthusiast appeal
 Infotainment and interior feels slightly outdated
 Not available with the latest CCS charging system

Overall, it’s viewed as easy to use, cheap to finance, and generously equipped for the money spent.

It’s the world’s best-selling EV, with the majority of them being sold in the UK.

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