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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Top-of-the-range Tekna very comprehensively equipped
  • Go for smaller wheels if you want maximum ride comfort
  • e-pedal and quick-charging capability standard across UK range

Nissan Leaf hatchback gadgets infographic

The Nissan Leaf comes in four standard trim levels in the UK:

All of them are well-equipped – and more so than the previous model. The value sweet-spot is perhaps the Acenta, although many will undoubtedly be tempted by the loaded flagship Tekna trim.

Standard Nissan Leaf Visia equipment:

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system
  • Keyless entry and keyless go
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cruise control and speed limiter
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • e-pedal
  • 50kW Quick Charger compatible
  • 6.6kW on-board charger for faster home wallbox charging

We find it hard to believe, but one notable absence from this list is DAB radio.

Standard Nissan Leaf Acenta equipment (in addition to Visia):

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Front foglights
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Faster heater
  • Intelligent cruise control
  • NissanConnect EV 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto (a first for a Nissan) and Apple CarPlay, DAB radio and reversing camera

Standard Nissan Leaf N-Connecta equipment (in addition to Acenta):

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Part-leather heated seats
  • Leather heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system
  • Parking sensors

Standard Nissan Leaf Tekna equipment (in addition to N-Connecta):

  • Full LED headlights
  • Synthetic leather door trim
  • Full leather heated seats
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • ProPilot (for more safety equipment information see the Safety section)

2018 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf hatchback: optional extras

The lower specification models can be optioned up with items such as parking sensors and a temporary spare wheel, but only the N-Connecta can have the ProPilot system added – and ProPilot Park is only available on the range-topping Tekna.

The N-Connecta and the Tekna get the option of two-tone paint (black roof, white body), but we’d hardly make that the main buying point. Instead look to the improved used values of the higher-specification models, and carefully compare the monthly finance pricing to see which offers you the best value – you may be surprised how far your budget will stretch.

Charging the Nissan Leaf hatchback

All UK Leaf buyers also get a free home wallbox charger – the installation of this is partially funded by a government grant, with the rest of the cost picked up by Nissan.

The wallbox reduces the Leaf’s charging time from the 21 hours it takes using a domestic three-pin plug to 7.5 hours – easily short enough for comfortable charging overnight for most people. However, you will need a suitable charging location, so if you live in an apartment block, life with an electric car may prove more challenging than for those who have their own driveway.

To charge any faster you’ll need to use a Quick Charger – such as those installed at Nissan dealerships (where charging is available to Leaf customers for free). You’ll still need to put aside 40 minutes or so for an 80% top-up, so BEVs remain less convenient than conventional cars if you regularly expect to exceed the batteries driving range over a single journey.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Nissan Leaf Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

2.Zero equipment

2.Zero standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
2.Zero optional equipment
None available

Acenta equipment

Acenta standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Acenta optional equipment
None available

N-Connecta equipment

N-Connecta standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
N-Connecta optional equipment
None available

Tekna equipment

Tekna standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Tekna optional equipment
None available

Visia equipment

Visia standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Steel wheels
Visia optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Full five-star rating in more rigorous Euro NCAP tests
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard
  • ProPilot is fancy but not essential

2018 Nissan Leaf

When tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 under the organisation's more rigorous crash-testing regime, the Nissan Leaf scored a full five-star rating

The Nissan Leaf carries a cutting-edge image – and supports this with plenty of safety tech.

The following is all included as standard:

The ProPilot system – which combines active cruise control with lane-keep assist – is only standard on top-spec Tekna. Designed to make driving easier on the motorway, this can deal with stop-start traffic almost autonomously, while also keeping you safely in lane.

Nissan stresses that it is only an assistance system, though, so if your hands leave the steering wheel for more than 10 seconds it will sound an alarm. Several manufacturers offer more sophisticated systems these days, but the Leaf’s ProPilot does at least seem to work consistently well.

Nissan Leaf charging safety

As with the old Leaf, Nissan has ensured that there are plenty of safety systems around its charging technology.

When not charging (but plugged in), an electric relay within the vehicle turns off the power to isolate the charging port. Although the charging port is waterproof and has a drainage structure for use in the rain, in case of a short circuit, the supply of electricity is immediately interrupted.

The batteries themselves are well protected, and designed to withstand accident damage.

How many Isofix points does the Nissan Leaf have?

There are two pairs of Isofix points on the rear seat.

WATCH: Nissan Leaf hatchback Euro NCAP crash test video

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Nissan Leaf Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 86%
Pedestrian: 71%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Interior room matches most mainstream family hatchbacks
  • Boot space is impressive compared with PHEV rivals
  • Interior feels airy and is pleasant to spend time in

Nissan Leaf hatchback garage infographic

How far does the Nissan Leaf go on a single charge?

The official maximum claimed range is 235 miles – but that is not a real-world figure, so prepare to take that with a large pinch of salt.

How far you can travel on a single charge will be affected by a number of things – including the weather (EVs don’t like the cold), how many people are on board and your driving style. The faster you go the quicker you will use up the battery; be gentle and you might just be surprised at the distance the new Leaf will go.


2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a classically-sized medium hatchback in the mould of a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus, and its accommodation largely mirrors these cars. Headroom is ok given how high you sit, and the interior feels reasonably airy.

There’s room for five adults, though the middle rear passenger gets a poor deal compared with those sat either side of them.


Nissan Leaf hatchback luggage infographic

How big is the Nissan Leaf’s boot?

The Nissan Leaf’s boot is very impressive, with 435 litres of space with the rear seats in place – a huge amount for an electric car.

It’s also actually slightly more than the previous version (which is based on the same platform) thanks to the repositioning of some of the charging electronics, which has allowed it to be made wider.

Sadly, the need to accommodate all those batteries means you still don’t get a flat load floor when you fold the rear seats down.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Nissan Leaf Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback 443 litres
Nissan Leaf Hatchback 435 litres
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 272 litres
BMW i3 260 litres

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