Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Nissan Leaf rear three quarter

Should you buy a Nissan Leaf?

Yes, because it’s an electric car that’s genuinely usable everyday for most people. The new Leaf is also significantly better to drive than the old one, has a longer range and won’t scare the kids at night with its appearance. Nissan clearly set out to make the old Leaf more appealing to new buyers without frightening the old ones, and it has certainly succeeded.

With prices starting from £26,995, it’s also much cheaper than its current electric hatchback competitors. The entry-level Nissan Leaf undercuts the cheapest Volkswagen ID.3 by almost £9,000, and the base-model Hyundai Ioniq 5 by a whopping £10,000. 

Even the most expensive 62kWh Leaf e+ Tekna is around £900 cheaper than the entry-level ID.3 – and we’d say savings like that are worth sacrificing an extra 50 miles of range for.

What we like

We like the way the Leaf drives. It’s relaxing, refined, predictable and nippy enough to compete with petrol-powered traffic. Both the 40kWh and 62kWh variants also offer enough range for most daily commutes – and we’re big fans of the EV’s one-pedal driving mode. Prices are also incredibly reasonable when considered alongside its rivals, and it has a much bigger boot than the Volkswagen ID.3 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

What we don’t like

The button-heavy dashboard layout is a little complicated and the infotainment technology is starting to look dated, but this is quickly forgiven once you take the Leaf’s price into account. Our main gripe is the sit-up-and-beg driving position, which may prevent some taller drivers from getting comfortable behind the wheel.

Further reading

>> The Parkers guide to Electric cars
>> Best cheap electric cars

>> Best EVs and electric cars: CAR magazine’s guide

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained

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