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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

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Nissan Leaf running costs are low; that’s the whole point of a car like this. Especially when it costs a not inconsiderable amount to purchase in the first place.

Nissan claims you’ll spend just £257 per year filling the Leaf up with electricity. An estimated eight-hour charge should cost around £2. That’s cheap.

Nissan Leaf emissions are, as you’d expect because of its electric powertrain, non-existent. This is the Leaf’s greatest selling point.

With zero emissions, there is no road tax to pay and you will be safe in the knowledge that little harm is being done to the environment –though it’s worth bearing in mind production of the car will bring its own levels of energy consumption so it’s not entirely carbon neutral.

You could be forgiven for thinking Nissan Leaf reliability would be something of a grey area given its complexity, but you’d be wrong. Mechanical parts are few and far between which should make it cheap and relatively easy to service. Of course the latter needs to be carried out by those with EV specific training.

The firm has sold nearly 60,000 Leafs globally since its launch, and so far no-one has had any problems with the batteries running out completely.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
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Insurance group 19 - 26
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