As there’s only one power unit on offer, the choice comes down to specification. If you’re looking at owning with a view to moving on reasonably early (up to three years), we’d advise getting the best-equipped model that your monthly payment will run to.
You’ll enjoy a car with all the toys, but also, selling a car to tech-savvy early(ish) adopters will always be easier if it’s laden with interesting kit to impress them on the test drive. The Tekna became the range-topping Leaf when it went on sale in March 2018, and that’s where we would advise you to put your money. Just be careful optioning it up.
- November 2017 – Second-generation Nissan Leaf available to order in launch edition 2.Zero guise, with deliveries set to begin early in 2018.
- March 2018 - Mainstream models in the range available to order, following Nissan's familiar trim level hierarchy of Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna. All models have a 40kWh battery pack.
- January 2019 - Limited edition 3.Zero available to order for May delivery with improved multimedia system, while the 3.Zero e+ has a 62kWh battery pack and a more powerful 217hp motor.
Buying a new Nissan Leaf hatchback
- While this is a new model, don’t expect much in the way of discounts
- If you can’t haggle on the price, try driving down the finance payments
- Don’t spec your car with pointless options – unless you really want them
Nissan’s finance schemes around the Leaf have been traditionally unimpressive and while the Mk2 model remains in the realms of newness, don't expect this to change much, especially given the strong level of demand.
If your budget will stretch to it, we'd recommend the fully ladened flagship Tekna trim, but we'd restrict the optional extras to LED headlamps and the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology - they will also help make the Leaf easier to sell on in due course.
Buying a used Nissan Leaf hatchback
- A new model, but suffering stiff depreciattion already
- Used Mk1 Leafs are likely to be bargains in comparison
- All models expected to lose value at a similar rate
There’s a growing demand for electric cars, but it’s a slow-burn on the secondhand market. This is particularly obvious when considering the Nissan Leaf's resale values - regardless of trim level it's only likely to be worth 38% of its new price after three years and 30,000 miles of use..
So be prepared to hunt around, and stray not too far from the dealer network – at least in the short term. Nissan retailers are likely to have the best examples.
For additional peace of mind, ensure you invest in a Car History Check to prevent yourself from buying a car with outstanding finance against it or an unsavoury accident history.
Selling your Nissan Leaf hatchback
- As time passes and acceptance grows, BEVs will become easier to sell
- Tight supply initially will mean prices will be high
- Don’t rule out selling you car to a main dealer
If you have a Leaf to sell then you’ll probably not struggle to find a new owner for it, as long as you’ve kept the miles low, and ensured it's remained in in pristine condition. As they don’t get sold with leased batteries, used buyers won’t find any complications when buying a Leaf – you buy the car, and that’s it.
So, to maximise your sale, photograph it well, write a good advert, and don’t be afraid to sell it back to the dealer network. They will be struggling to find good condition cars to sell on, and will no doubt find your car very appealing indeed.
Price your Leaf sensibly using Parkers' Valuation tool to prevent it being sold too cheaply or appearing so expensive would-be buyers are put off.