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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Nissan Leaf safety levels are high, and in fact the Leaf was the first full five star electric car tested by EuroNCAP.

The Leaf is fitted with ABS and Electronic Brake Distribution, six airbags, (front side and curtain) and there are two ISOFIX points and a rear-view camera for safe and easy parking.

When not under charge, 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 platform has been designed to protect the batteries and prevent short circuits in the event of an accident. In short, there’s no safety reasons to worry about when choosing a Leaf.

It’s larger than most electric rivals and at least on a par inside with conventional family models so Nissan Leaf practicality was obviously high on the list of priorities for the designers and engineers behind the project.

There’s ample space for five adults to get comfortable, though the middle rear passenger does have a rather large ‘transmission tunnel’ to contend with. Still, the airy feeling afforded by the deep side windows will likely prove a hit with families as children should be able to see out easily.

The boot’s grown by 40 litres over the old car by moving the charger under the bonnet rather than behind the rear seats.

It now has a maximum range on a single charge of 124 miles, however, that figure will drop significantly if it is not driven sympathetically. There is an ECO mode to improve this though.

Charging from empty takes eight hours with a household socket, but you can opt for a quick charge which will see the battery regenerated to 80% in only 30 minutes.

The public infrastructure is still in its infancy in the UK but Nissan’s revised CarWings app will now inform you en-route if the charging point is already in use.

Range anxiety should be a thing of the past as well, as the sat-nav system will now tell you how much energy you will have left at the end of your journey so you can plan your next move accordingly. There’s even an eco route option which takes into account topography to maximise the efficiency of your journey.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Nissan Leaf (11-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Acenta equipment

Acenta standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Acenta optional equipment
  • CD

Acenta+ equipment

Acenta+ standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Acenta+ optional equipment
  • CD

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Black Edition optional equipment
  • CD

Tekna equipment

Tekna standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Tekna optional equipment
  • CD

Visia equipment

Visia standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Visia optional equipment
None available

Visia+ equipment

Visia+ standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Visia+ optional equipment
None available
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