- 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
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.
- 7.0-inch infotainment system
- Keyless entry and keyless go
- Automatic lights and wipers
- Cruise control and speed limiter
- Front and rear electric windows
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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)
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.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Nissan Leaf Hatchback.
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|
|2.Zero standard equipment|
|2.Zero optional equipment|
|Acenta standard equipment|
|Acenta optional equipment|
|N-Connecta standard equipment|
|N-Connecta optional equipment|
|Tekna standard equipment|
|Tekna optional equipment|
|Visia standard equipment|
|Visia optional equipment|
- Full five-star rating in more rigorous Euro NCAP tests
- Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard
- ProPilot is fancy but not essential
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:
- Six airbags
- Electronic stability control (including Nissan’s Intelligent Trace Control for safer high-speed cornering)
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Hill-start assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Cross-traffic alert
- Blindspot monitoring
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
|Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback||443 litres|
|Nissan Leaf Hatchback||435 litres|
|Volkswagen Golf Hatchback||272 litres|
|BMW i3||260 litres|