3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Longer range now, but starting to fall off the pace

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

New price £29,845 - £39,395
Lease from new From £257 p/m View lease deals
Used price £14,320 - £29,155
Used monthly cost £357 - £728
Fuel Economy 3.0 - 3.5 miles/kWh
Insurance group 21 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Easy to drive, silent and refined
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use E-Pedal set-up
  • The 62kWh Leaf e+ has up to 215-mile range

CONS

  • Strange driving position and lack of enthusiast appeal
  • Infotainment and interior feels strangely outdated
  • Not available with latest CCS charging system

Nissan Leaf Hatchback rivals

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Written by Keith Adams on

The second-generation version of the ground-breaking electric Nissan Leaf continues to perform a great job of cementing the company's position as an EV pioneer. It's easy to use, reasonably cheap to finance, generously equipped for the money – but don't ever expect to buy a petrol or diesel version.

The Leaf Mk2 wasn't entirely new when launched. It's a very heavily revised version of the original Leaf that's made to look more-normal looking and faster than before. Most importantly, it also comes with a longer range between recharges. Nissan is so far ahead of the game that, while the rest of the automotive world is just getting used to launching their own pioneering EVs, the Leaf powers through its second generation with few direct rivals.

The smaller Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-208 might appear on some shopping lists, but in terms of cars that match the Leaf for family-friendly size, there’s only really the electric motor version of the Hyundai Ioniq to contend with now the popular Volkswagen e-Golf is no longer made and the ID.3 is still months away from launch. The BMW i3 is another option, but it’s more expensive and isn't quite as spacious.

The Leaf is still a quirky-looking car compared with some of its EV rivals such as the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. But it's not so out of step with the funkier Volkswagen ID.3 and BMW i3. The design is still polarising, though, and different enough for those who want to highlight their own green credentials.

The Leaf is still the world’s biggest selling EV, with more than 300,000 produced so far. Many of these have been built right here in Britain at Nissan’s Sunderland factory, so clearly it has a growing and loyal following. It's easy to drive, but other issues – such as its poor driving position – remain as before.

Trim levels and interior quality

Inside, the second-generation Leaf has broader appeal than before, yet somehow manages to look less modern. It's well equipped with Nissan's semi-autonomous ProPilot cruise control system, as well as a much more up-to-date infotainment system. The quality has taken a notable lift, although it lags behind the brilliant Peugeot e-208. There are still lots of buttons, not all of which seem to be sensibly placed, making it feel curiously dated.

Nissan Leaf (2020) interior

Three standard trim levels are available for the 40kWh model: Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna. The more powerful Leaf e+ is available in N-Tec and Tekna trims. Equipment is generous across the board, and at 435 litres, the boot is bigger than any rival – including those part-electric plug-in hybrids you might be considering.

What's the battery range like?

For most people, the Nissan Leaf goes further between charges than it did before, as well as outpacing some well-fancied new electric rivals. As for the driving range, based on the official WLTP real-world standard presently used by all car manufacturers, the claim is 168 miles per charge for 150hp (40kWh) Leafs. For pure city use – the Leaf claims 258 miles on this basis.

The clunkily titled Leaf e+ adds more power and capacity. It's called e+ because it's powered by a 62kWh battery pack and features a 217hp motor. That gives more pulling power, which should mean rapid acceleration, and it certainly delivers more range between recharges. in real-world driving, the 62kWh Leaf e+ has a claimed range of 239 miles, which only really lags behind what Kia and Hyundai have to offer at present.

Enough to quell your EV range anxiety? Only you can decide that.

The Mk2 Leaf is faster to charge than before – if only when using a home wallbox or public quick charger. On a regular three-pin household plug it now takes 21 hours due to the increased battery capacity.

With a longer range battery and lashings of equipment, is the Leaf a match for the brilliant Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric? Read on for the full review, and find out…

Nissan Leaf (2020) rear view

Nissan Leaf Hatchback rivals

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