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

Electric motors, home charging 10.7 - 13.2 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 6.0 - 7.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 3.0 - 3.7 miles/kWh
  • Cheap to charge, especially with a wallbox 
  • Support for 50kW DC rapid charging 
  • Maximum range of 239 miles

Charge the Leaf at home, and Nissan says you’ll spend around £300 per year if you’re covering an average annual mileage – which is a huge saving compared to running a petrol or diesel car. The recent hikes in electricity costs will inflate that figure, but the cost of petrol is increasing at the same time, so you should still be quids in.

The only drawback to charging from a 7kW wallbox is that it’ll take more than seven hours to top the Leaf’s battery up to full – although this can be circumvented by finding a 50kW DC rapid charger. If you’re caught short, this will charge the 40kWh Leaf’s battery to 80 percent capacity in just one hour.

Range is reasonable for the time being, but the Leaf is starting to get left behind by newer rivals as electric technology improves. Nissan says The cheaper 40kWh model will go 163 miles before needing a recharge, while the range-topping 62kWh model can travel up to 239 miles. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 beats this latter figure, with a maximum range of 298 miles.

Servicing and warranty

Because it’s an EV, it should be much easier to keep a Leaf on the road than a traditional petrol-powered hatchback. An electric motor requires hardly any maintenance, so owners only need to worry about consumables such as tyres and brake pads come service time.

Nissan also delivers every new Leaf with a three-year (or 60,000-mile – whatever comes first) vehicle warranty. The battery pack and electric motor are also covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. So, if any of the cells fail within that period, or if the motor packs up, Nissan will replace either completely free of charge.

Reliability

  • Overall, Nissan reliability is above average 
  • EV powertrain has fewer mechanical parts… 
  • … which means there’s a lot less to go wrong

The Nissan Leaf has proven itself reliable and dependable, with owners willingly sharing tales of blissfully problem-free driving in keeping with Nissan’s claims of a 94% customer satisfaction rate – the highest of any of its models.

Notions that electric cars are complex and unreliable is rapidly diminishing, thanks in part to companies like Nissan that build them to high standards, but also due to the increasing realisation that they have fewer mechanical parts to wear out than conventional vehicles.

So, it’s highly unlikely that first or second owners will encounter any serious problems with the Leaf’s electric powertrain. Nissan has sold more than 300,000 Leafs, and the company claims it is yet to encounter a total battery failure on any of its vehicles.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 21 - 28
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