Nissan Leaf Review

Price: £28,495- £34,945

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7/10

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The world’s best-selling electric car is a practical, fun-to-drive, no compromise family hatchback that just happens to be powered by electricity. But rivals are overtaking it now.

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  • Battery size: 40 – 62kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.85
  • E-Rating™: A+ to B

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 50 kW
  • Range: 168-239 miles
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  • Battery size: 40 – 62kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.85
  • E-Rating™: A+ to B

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 50 kW
  • Range: 168-239 miles
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Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 27/02/2020・Updated: 17/10/2022

Tom Says

“The Leaf is a good bet if you find the thought of an electric car a bit daunting. It’s just a hatchback. A hatchback that looks like it’s been hit several times with a flat shovel, granted, but it’s still very user-friendly. I think you should go for mid-range Acenta to get the best value for money.”

Ginny Says

“Nissan was first to launch a mainstream electric car and all their knowledge has gone into this latest model. It’s an easy car to live with and makes owning an EV feel like a mainstream choice. But there are now newer rivals which make it seem as though autumn has arrived for the Leaf.”

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​Although cars like the VW ID.3 are better to drive and seem far more modern, the Leaf's recent price adjustments have made it seem more far more tempting. 

  • Price:£26,995- £34,495 (after grant)
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging):£6.56-£10.57
  • Company car tax:2% (2022-2023)
  • Insurance group:21E-22E
  • Warranty Vehicle:3 year 60,000 mi
  • Warranty Battery & Drive Unit:8 year 60,000 mi

Pricing

If you’re in the market for a family hatchback, the Nissan Leaf looks pricey at first glance, with prices starting at around £26,500 once the government grant has been deducted. But this is actually comparable to a diesel car which has a similar equipment level and an automatic gearbox. Take into account the Leaf’s fuel and road tax savings and it soon starts to make sense.

The cheapest model, named Acenta, is actually very well equipped, but the N-Connecta adds some nice tech and bigger alloy wheels to the package for a reasonable £1,300.

Technology fans will want to find the extra £1,700 on top of that for the Tekna, as it is packed with gadgets including the ProPilot self-drive functions and an upgraded hi-fi. 

It costs another £4,900 to upgrade to the e+ model with its bigger battery and more powerful motor, and currently none of these models are eligible for the government grant. Nissan might tweak the specs and pricing to sneak under the £32,000 threshold though.​

Running costs

If you charge at home or work, the Leaf will be a very inexpensive car to run. It’s not quite as energy efficient as rivals such as the Hyundai Kona, but electricity is so cheap compared to conventional fuels that the difference in cost is negligible.

A full charge at average rates will cost less than a gallon of unleaded petrol but should take you at least 150 miles. Charging at public points will vary in cost, and Nissan has disappointingly announced that it will be stopping the free charges for Leaf owners at dealerships unless they are having a service. Servicing is comparatively cheap though, averaging less than £200 per year. 

Insurance companies still tend to be a little wary of electric cars, so the Leaf is in group 21 or 22, depending on the model. This compares to group 14 for an equivalent petrol car such as a Ford Focus. 

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