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The Nissan is arguably the first serious by a major car manufacturer at creating an car for the masses. It’s a five-seater, family runabout that’s to offer comfortable, emissions-free to anyone that can afford the asking price. But is it any good?

You like hell

The Nissan is a weird-looking car, but not in an eccentric, The — Addams — kind of way. It’s in the sense that it resembles a mutant bullfrog. Obviously, is in the eye of the beholder, but we’ve yet to meet a (who doesn’t work for who thinks the Leaf is anything than an eyesore. Must.


Electric boogie

just as well, then, beneath the Leaf’s oddball is some beautiful engineering. The car is by a 90kW (120hp) electric which gains its power a 345V, 24kWh, air-cooled pack, consisting of 48 flat, -sized modules, each four lithium-ion cells.

An nonetheless, the Leaf’s electric is what’s really turning

The battery pack, designed by NEC and Nissan, is charged via the mains the Leaf’s 3.3kW on-board charger — located to the battery pack in the rear or via an external 440V quick It can also be trickle-charged by the Leaf’s braking system, which the kinetic energy achieved braking to electrical energy.

Inside job

The Nissan Leaf’s is something of a mixed bag. In the cabin looks a little thanks to cheap plastics and seats. While the wing and all four windows are electric, the must be mechanically adjusted, and the system is so underpowered, you’d have better luck an asthmatic gnat to sneeze on

That said, the amount of gadgetry on offer, not to mention the start-up process and cool-as-codfish experience more than up for these flaws.

Silent, not

To get the Leaf rolling, it’s a case of hitting the power located to the right of the steering Unlike cars powered by combustion engines, the Leaf’s start-up noise is a musical which indicates it’s to roll.

The Nissan Leaf is silent on the move. At low speeds, the you’ll hear inside the is the sound of the tyres interacting the road surface. Those hear slightly more,

Nissan has installed an artificial generator, which very synthesises a slightly louder of the whirring produced by the car’s motor. The car is also programmed to a bell-like sound while though this feature available on UK models due to bizarre reasons.

Driving ambition

The Leaf is quick and responsive off the Nissan quotes a rather 0-60mph time of around seconds, but it feels much around town than figure suggests. Nail the anywhere between 0 and 30mph, and the leaps into action, from the electric motor’s 280Nm of torque, all of which is from extremely low in the rev range.

It’s enough to help you dawdling learner drivers and up with pesky mopeds traffic lights go green.

the Leaf’s acceleration isn’t as at speed. Floor the throttle travelling on the motorway, and the car reacts the same lethargy you’d from a small supermini. not complaining, though.

The fact the Leaf is capable of driving on the at all is remarkable, particularly as it can do so at up to 89mph.

with care

The thing impressed us most with the was how pleasant it was to drive. Sure, it react very well asked to change direction in a (the heavy 300kg pack and soft suspension it feel a little cumbersome cornering), but it’s arguably the pleasant, comfortable car we’ve outside of a luxury Mercedes .

no exaggeration. There’s a common that electric cars are to drive, but most suffer an annoying whine when at speed. The Leaf, however, is different.

Its cabin is eerily and peaceful no matter whether trundling around town or along a motorway at 70mph. truly remarkable — very little wind or noise, so you’d better up on your conversation skills riding with passengers, or up the stereo.

Microsoft inside

The Nissan entertainment and information system courtesy of Microsoft. The car uses the giant’s Windows Embedded platform at the heart of its 8-inch located in the centre of the dashboard.

The is, in a word, fantastic. It allows the or passenger to manage all the basics, as adjusting the stereo (which a loud, powerful sound), and a very close eye on the car’s systems, range and power It’s possible, for example, to see how battery power is being by not only the car’s electric but also the air-conditioning system and the

This allows you to make a on whether you can afford to sacrifice comfort for a little extra

Plight of the navigator

We have feelings about the car’s system. It has some fabulous including the ability to download you’ve calculated on your PC using Google Maps via an 3G SIM card. It will even you when your journey is than the car’s total range, and gives you advice on to find your nearest station should you be running low on

The Leaf’s sat-nav system has great features, but also flaws.

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That said, it also has truly appalling traits. On occasions, it gave us spoken to turn at junctions we’d several seconds ago, and at one compelled us to turn down was essentially a level crossing, the path of oncoming trams. annoying at best, and downright at worst.

Home on the range

The Leaf fares exceptionally as a day-to-day city car. reckons you could, theoretically, it at a speed of 81kmh, in 31 ° C heat for a of 76 miles. A more leisurely at 60kmh in 20 ° C weather with the headlights and radio switched off yield around 220km.

On however, the company believes get a range of 160km (99 miles) out of the though your own mileage vary depending on how you drive, the temperature and what features you

The Leaf fared pretty when driven on Nissan’s 63km test route. The included a mixture of motorways, traffic and flowing B roads a mostly flat gradient. At the end of the the Leaf had exhausted three of its battery power, though important to note that we driving exceptionally hard possible, had the air-conditioning cranked up to the and the stereo blaring.

It’s a scientific test, but what’s here is that we didn’t the need to modify our driving just because the Leaf was an car.

Charge it to my room

Charging the is one of our biggest bugbears. The car will a whopping seven hours to replenish its exhausted battery using a standard 220V outlet. That’s fine for charging, but it’s simply not enough if you find yourself an empty battery 10 miles home.

Luckily, the Leaf’s can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in as as 30 minutes if you’re lucky to find, or live near, a quick charger. There to be a vast abundance of these in and the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, we tested the car, but this isn’t yet in place in the UK.


Arguably, the Leaf’s biggest is its price. The full retail as set by Nissan, is an eye-watering £28,350. incentives, designed to increase the of electric cars in the UK, bring the down to a slightly more £23,350, but even so — a hell of a lot of money for a small hatchback.

What’s even worrying is the fact that in the UK, only guarantees the car’s for five years or 60,000 If you live in America, you get a far sweeter warranty, but after that is over, you’re on your

Over time, the battery degrade, losing approximately 20 per of its capacity after five Understandably, this will the Leaf’s resale value. We imagine many people to spend £15,000 on a second-hand whose batteries are on the verge of knackered.

Cheap-ish runabout

In saying the Leaf is relatively inexpensive to run on a basis. It’s cheap to exempt from the London charge — which save you £8 per day — free to in some places and, if you a cheap enough energy it’ll cost as little as per 100km. That compares favourably to a 1.5-litre family car, which can cost of £6.95 per 100km to run.

The Nissan Leaf is a fabulous car. It’s nippy, well and is great fun to drive. also far too expensive, and several remain as to its resale value in the run, but, Tesla aside, it’s the best car on the road today.

Nissan LEAF Electric Cars
Nissan LEAF Electric Cars
Nissan LEAF Electric Cars
Nissan LEAF Electric Cars
Nissan LEAF Electric Cars
Nissan LEAF Electric Cars


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