Nissan Leaf Reviews

The Nissan Leaf is easily recommendable – on the proviso that its limited range isn’t a problem for you

The Nissan Leaf was the first mainstream bespoke Electric Vehicle (EV), and remains the world’s best-selling electric car. That makes it hard to fault from a purely commercial perspective, but what about as a genuine ownership prospect? Is the Leaf a good enough car to be considered a viable alternative to conventional offerings? Well, Nissan Leaf reviews all seem to agree that, yes, it is a good enough car to be considered worthy of consideration against family cars like the Focus and Astra – but with one caveat. That is, you have to be aware of its limited range and its charging requirements. Nissan quotes 124 miles for the 24kWh battery model and 155 miles for the 30kWh version, and one new car review states you’ll need to wait around for 30 minutes to achieve an 80 per cent charge.

But otherwise, the Leaf is a genuinely usable, capable, enjoyable car to own and drive. Indeed, it enjoys certain advantages over combustion-powered cars. One such advantage is refinement. With no engine noise to speak of, the Leaf is a very relaxing and comfortable car to drive, helped largely by its smooth, seamless power delivery, soft and quiet ride, light and easy controls, and airy and roomy cabin. The latter makes the Leaf a practical car too, providing plenty of space for passengers and luggage, while the interior is well laid out and easy to use. Another advantage of an EV is incredibly low running costs, with no fuel or tax to pay for and only very small charging costs, although the Leaf is expensive to buy and depreciation can be quite heavy compared to some rivals.

Should I buy a Nissan Leaf?

As stated above, so long as its limited range and charging requirements don’t jar with your motoring habits, then the Leaf is a decent proposition. You’ll pay a high purchase price for the privilege of enjoying pure electric motoring, but the advantages in low running costs, and good comfort and refinement levels could be enough to sway you.

Auto Express:
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“Nissan’s Leaf is still one of the best electric cars on sale – but it’s not without its drawbacks.” Read more...

Car Magazine:
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“There’s little for enthusiasts of sporty driving here, but there’s plenty if you want to join the battery revolution.” Read more...

Top Gear:

“Does most things mostly as well as a family hatch. Better and more viable now it’s British-built.”  Read more...

What Car?:

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“The Nissan Leaf is easy, fun and comfortable to drive. Just make sure you can live with the limited range.”  Read more...

Nissan Leaf Awards

Next Green Car – Small Family Car Awards 2015. Read more...

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