NISSAN

NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK 110kW Acenta 39kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.9s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range168 miles

LEAF SOLD

As the all-electric revolution gathers pace, June Neary wonders whether she could really live with a Nissan LEAF.

Will It Suit Me?

I'd never considered myself as the sort of person who would buy an all-electric car. The whole idea of plugging in every night to power your car has to me always seemed about as natural as shovelling coal into it. And the prospect of starting out every lengthier journey wondering whether enough charge was available to complete it has never particularly appealed. With the launch of Nissan's second generation LEAF though, I thought I'd give EV motoring another chance.

Practicalities

Buyers moving into electric vehicle ownership for the first time will also find the transition easier once they get behind the wheel of this LEAF. There's a high-set SUV-like driving position, but otherwise the feel seems at first glance very much as you'd get in any ordinary family hatch. Closer inspection though, reveals some unique LEAF cabin features; a stubby little auto gear lever and an instrument binnacle display that curiously mixes an analogue speedo with an accompanying customisable colour TFT display. Pretty much everything else you'll need to know is delivered by the centre-dash 7-inch 'NissanConnect EV7' monitor that nearly all variants get. It's not as sophisticated as the screens you get in rival EV models, but with smartphone-mirroring and navigation including a map showing local charge stations, it delivered most of what I needed to know. I wanted to know about charging - and you will too. A 7kWh 32 amp wallbox for your garage comes at no extra cost - which is just as well because charging from a domestic plug would take a yawning 21 hours. Using the wallbox, that figure reduces to just 7.5 hours. If you find a rapid charging point - they're at Nissan dealers and in motorway service areas - you'll be able to replenish your battery to within 80% of its charge in around 40 minutes. Nissan reckons the daily charging process will add no more than about £25 to your monthly electricity bill. Which doesn't seem much when you take into account the huge savings you'll be making on fuel.

Behind the Wheel

A light tap on the throttle delivers the kind of seamless pull-away demeanour you'd expect from this kind of car. But a sharp stab with the right foot fires the LEAF forward like a scalded cat. The 150PS power output you get from this MK2 model represents a 40% increase in motor power that comes with a 25% increase in torque. And an increase in battery capacity from 24 to 40kWh for standard models means that operating range is increased to an official (and actually reasonably realistic) ''Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Testing Procedure' figure of 168 miles - considerably more than direct competitors can offer. Either way, to even get an early three figure driving range, you're going to need to make copious use of the various driving aids Nissan provides. An 'Eco' mode restricts throttle travel; and there are two ways of harvesting regenerative energy that will slow down the battery's rate of power drain. As with the previous LEAF, the most obvious way of doing this is by selecting the provided 'B' ratio on the gearbox, which gleans regeneration energy from the powertrain. With this MK2 model, there's the extra option of using the standard 'e-Pedal' system, which in addition also gains regenerative energy from the friction brakes. With 'e-Pedal' activated, you'll hardly ever need to press the brake pedal - the car slows itself - which sounds strange but is something you adjust to pretty quickly.

Value For Money

The LEAF purchasing process is a whole lot simpler than it used to be. The previous first generation model was sold either complete - or with a battery that you had to take out a separate rental agreement for. Prior to plumping for either one route or the other, all kinds of elaborate calculations were needed based on likely future use. There's none of that now: this second generation LEAF wants to be seen as an ordinary alternative to any normal Focus-class family hatch, so it's only sold complete, just as one of those would be. At prices that range in the £23,000 to £29,000 bracket. I should point out that these are the subsidised figures that buyers pay after subtraction of the generous £4,500 government grant that still applies to all-electric cars. For reference, these days you only get a £2,500 grant towards a Plug-in hybrid - and nothing towards a conventional hybrid. Which helps explain why a LEAF can offer you much more technology than you'd get in something like a Prius hybrid; yet undercut that Toyota by almost £1,500. As before, LEAF buyers are limited to a single five-door body style, plus of course front wheel drive, along with the auto gearbox that all EV models have to have. Trim levels range from base 'Visia', to 'Acenta' and 'N-Connecta' all the way up to the top 'Tekna' variant I tried.

Could I Live With One?

The LEAF surprised me. Most likely buyers will probably be considering this as a second or maybe even a third vehicle for short-run use. I'll wager though, that once they get one in the driveway, they'll be using it for 80% of the time. I did.

  • Rain sensor
  • Rear wiper
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers

  • Hill start assist
  • VDC Dynamic Vehicle Control
  • Traction control
  • Front and rear vented brake discs
  • Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Intelligent trace control
  • ABS with EBD and brake assist
  • Mechanical parking brake
  • Electrically driven intelligent braking system
  • Intelligent ride control

  • Mac Pherson strut front suspension and twist beam axle rear suspension

  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Intelligent lane intervention
  • Blind spot intervention
  • Electric power assisted steering
  • Intelligent Cruise control (ICC)
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Blind spot warning
  • Speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear view camera

  • Trip computer
  • 7" full colour TFT screen combimeter
  • eCall emergency call system
  • E Pedal
  • 8" colour display with touchscreen

  • Body coloured door mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Manual folding door mirrors

  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audio system with USB
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Rear USB ports

  • Aero roof spoiler
  • Grey rear bumper finisher
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Illuminated charge port
  • Chrome door handles

  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • High beam assist
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Halogen headlamps
  • LED third brake light
  • LED signature rear lights
  • LED signature daytime running lights with directional indicator

  • Automatic climate control with pollen filter and timer
  • PTC (Positive Temp Co-efficent) heater

  • Woven fabric upholstery
  • Rear assist grips
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel
  • 12V socket
  • Telescopic steering wheel adjustment
  • Front centre console and armrest
  • Rake and reach adjustable steering column

  • Nissan safety shield
  • Manual child proof rear door locks
  • Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Side airbags
  • 3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners

  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints
  • Manual adjust driver/passenger seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front seatback pocket
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Intelligent Key with push button starter
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Deadlock
  • Remote central locking

  • 6.6 kw On-board charger
  • Max DC charging power, ChaDeMo type: up to 50kW
  • Charging port remote opening
  • 39kWh usable battery capacity

  • 16" Diamond cut black alloy wheels

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 420
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 6.6
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 60
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 20-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 39
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 389
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 270
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL: 270
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH: 270
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 17
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 17
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 17
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 3.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 242
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 168
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH: 168
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL: 168

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Acenta
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.9
  • Top Speed: 90
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3283
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: DIAMOND CUT
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16

  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • Length: 4490
  • Width: 1812
  • Width (including mirrors): 2030
  • Height: 1530
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 435
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1995
  • Max. Roof Load: 35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1176
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £745

  • Heat pack with Heated front seats - Leaf: £295

  • Metallic - Pearl black: £575
  • Metallic - Gun metal: £575

  • Pearl - Blue: £745
  • Pearl - Storm white: £745

  • Solid - Flame red: £0

  • Woven fabric - Black: £0

  • 6m EVSE 3-pin cable: £295
  • 6m Type 2 cable: Included

  • Space saver spare wheel and jack: £195
  • Tyre puncture repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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