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NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Tekna 80kW Auto

Nissan charges ahead as Leaf is improved

Saturday, 29, 2013

Nissan has increased the and cut the price of the second-generation Leaf makes it more appealing, Matt Kimberley, PA motoring

Nissan Leaf

Price: Leaf Visia 20,990 batteries, 15,990 plus lease; Acenta 23, 490, Tekna, 25,490, 20,490.

80kW (109PS) electric

Transmission: Single-speed automatic with selectable modes

0-62mph 11.5 seconds.

Up to 124 miles

Charge time/cost: 80% in 30

Nissan is on a bit of a roll. While manufacturers are still working on first electric cars is rolling out the second-generation Leaf, less weight, more and a design more closely to real-world demands.

The biggest input into the new car has from existing customers, explains why it looks so similar to the old Nissan says the Leaf the highest customer satisfaction of any car it makes – as much as 93%.

But were some things with the old car. The pale came in for a lot of criticism. The Japanese beige upholstery but European of the Leaf II have switched to including black leather on the top

The single old trim option has to Visia, Acenta and Tekna, the Leaf more affordable at one end and equipped at the other. Combined the choice of whether to buy the entire car or save £5,000 and lease the the headline price now starts under £16,000 after the government grant. Suddenly the seems a lot more affordable.


The is bigger – at 370 litres it’s just 10 litres short of of the new Volkswagen Golf and SEAT although it’s not so conveniently Still, a 40-litre boost to relocated technology means for one more suitcase.

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Tekna 80kW Auto

This time Nissan has the European car its own suspension tune. The soft, sometimes wobbly of the old car was a cause for complaint. The new set-up is with greater conviction to pitch and bounce. It works, controlling body movement while retaining the good quality that defined the Leaf.

It absorbs bumps and with confidence, composure and quietly. Uncommonly so, in fact, to almost any rival.

The drivetrain is and vibration-free, reducing driver and irritation behind the wheel. the new Leaf is thoroughly relaxing, thoughtfully- shaped seats support your spine The padding offers a good of soft comfort and measured and the variable-ratio steering is pleasant at all but it does give something in terms of initial turn-in and there’s no reach adjustment for the

The batteries now offer a potential 120 or more in ideal conditions a full charge. A real-world 100 should be normal in summer. of this increase comes a weight reduction of 32kg. drivetrain has been modified new torque mapping and an extra mode, labelled B. It increases the braking’ effect to closer being in a low gear in an internal car, increasing the amount of the car recuperates in the process.

It’s brilliant for hilly where the energy recuperated can be as much as the energy you use.

The Tekna model driven feels like a luxurious with heated seats in the back, leather upholstery, control, extensive in-car readout and sat-nav. The only flaws are the shiny plastic for the door panel switches, are likely to scratch.

And yet the price is reasonable when compared to top-spec cars. You’re a very advanced thing, the capacity to recoup 80% of its full in 30 minutes and to cost less £2 for every 100 miles you drive.

The overall impression is hugely At this price, maybe the time to consider the Leaf.

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