Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) Review

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  • Innovative technology
  • Spacious interior
  • 5 star safety rating
  • Range will hinder some
  • As will charging times
  • Pricey
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The Nissan Leaf is Britain’s bestselling electric vehicle (EV), with more than 12,000 finding new homes to date. In 2015 the original 24kWh model was joined by a 30kWh version that, with a potential range of 155 miles, can travel further on a single charge than any of its rivals, including the Kia Soul EV, VW Golf GTE and pure-electric BMW i3.

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While the BMW i3 gets a space age interior design that’s very much a window to the future, the Nissan Leaf is more conservatively styled. In fact, not many people would know that it isn’t a conventional car, with only a few digital readouts on the dashboard to give the game away that it is an EV.

Because its heavy batteries are placed beneath the floor, the Leaf feels more planted to the road than many of its rivals, although it only takes a few corners to discover body lean that is more pronounced than in a Ford Focus.

There's nothing unconventional about the Nissan Leaf aside from it being electric powered

Mat Watson
carwow expert

All Leafs are well equipped – the cheapest Visia model gets a reversing camera, sat-nav, keyless entry and an infotainment system that was updated for 2016.

The market is slowly waking up to electric vehicles, but the Nissan Leaf’s new long-range battery should keep it at the top of the pack. The Leaf remains an excellent choice thanks to it’s practical interior, near-silent operation and lower-than-before price. If you’re happy enough with the charging times and still limited range (when compared to a petrol or diesel), there’s little that should dissuade you from getting a Leaf.