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The Nissan Leaf is still a good choice for first-time EV buyers

Nissan Leaf Hatchback (18 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £28,995 - £36,445
Lease from new From £349 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,580 - £34,465
Used monthly cost From £314 per month
Fuel Economy 3.0 - 3.7 miles/kWh
Insurance group 21 - 28 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Quiet, refined and easy to drive 
  • Reasonably priced – starting from £26,995 
  • Intuitive one-pedal driving mode

CONS

  • Plenty of rivals with greater range 
  • Infotainment and cabin design feels dated 
  • Unusual driving position

Nissan Leaf Hatchback rivals

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Written by Keith Adams on

When the second-generation Leaf was launched back in 2017, Nissan pretty much had the electric hatchback market to itself. However, manufacturers have since recognised the importance of the segment, and started throwing money at it. As such, the Leaf now has a broad range of competitors, which includes the Volkswagen ID.3, Cupra Born and Hyundai Ioniq 5 – all of which are arguably better cars.

That’s not to say the Nissan Leaf is inherently poor, though. Quite to the contrary, in fact – its low starting price, comfortable ride and maximum range of more than 200 miles means it’s still a good choice for first-time EV buyers. But the car’s infotainment system and charging technology aren’t quite up to scratch, especially when compared with the Ioniq 5.

Nissan has recognised some of the Leaf’s shortcomings and has launched an updated version of the hatchback for 2022, with the aim of giving the EV a little more kerb appeal. Tweaks include redesigned alloy wheels, some fresh paint finishes and a revised version of its ProPilot driver assistance technology.

Powertrain options remain the same as before, though. The cheapest Acenta model has a 150hp electric motor and a 40kWh battery pack, which offers a maximum range of 168 miles. Mid-range N-Connecta cars and up can be specified with a more powerful 217hp motor and a larger 62kWh battery, which increases maximum range to 239 miles.

Charging speeds are adequate rather than stellar, when compared to the competition. The fastest type of charger the battery can use is a 50kW DC unit, which can top the cells up from 20 to 80% capacity in around 90 minutes. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 can sprint through the same charging cycle in less than 20 minutes, although you’ll need to have a 350kW DC rapid charger within easy reach to take advantage of this – and that’s easier said than done.

The Leaf is quite practical, though. Because it’s an EV, there’s no tunnel running through the centre of the cabin, which means it feels more spacious than your average petrol-powered family hatchback – especially in the rear. The flat floor gives rear-seat occupants some extra legroom, and also means you can comfortably get three passengers on the rear bench.

 

Over the next few pages we’ll review every aspect of the Nissan Leaf, discussing our findings on how easy it is to live with, how well the cabin is screwed together, how expensive it is to run and how it drives, before giving our overall verdict. Click through our review to find out whether the Nissan Leaf could suit your lifestyle.

Nissan Leaf Hatchback rivals

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3.8 out of 5 3.8