NISSAN

NISSAN LEAF HATCHBACK 110kW Acenta 40kWh 5dr Auto [6.6kw Charger]

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. And the fact that full-electric cars attract a Benefit-in-Kind tax liability of only 9%.

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
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers

  • Hill start assist
  • VDC Dynamic Vehicle Control
  • Traction control
  • Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
  • Intelligent trace control
  • ABS with EBD and brake assist

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Voice control system

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

  • EVSE charging cable
  • Push button starter

  • Trip computer
  • Telematics system
  • 7" Combimeter
  • Nissan connect EV 8" touch screen navigation and entertainment system
  • E Pedal

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Door mirrors with turn signal and puddle lamps
  • Manual folding door mirrors
  • Integrated turn signals in mirrors

  • 6.6 kw On-board charger

  • Two rear USB sockets
  • Aux-in socket
  • USB port
  • 6 speakers
  • Remote audio control
  • AM/FM/DAB audio system

  • Chrome door handles
  • Metallic blue rear bumper accent
  • Illuminated charge port

  • LED tail light signature
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Follow me home headlights
  • High beam assist
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • LED signature daytime running lights

  • Automatic air conditioning with timer and heater
  • PTC (Positive Temp Co-efficent) heater
  • Rear heater duct
  • Heat pump

  • Rear assist grips
  • Quick charge port
  • 12V socket
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Woven fabric upholstery
  • 50kW Quick Charger Capacity
  • Rake and reach adjustable steering column
  • Front centre console and armrest

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

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Manual adjust driver/passenger seats
  • Front seatback pocket

  • Deadlock
  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Remote central locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Nissan i-key

  • 16" alloy wheels

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 6.6
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • 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: 40
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 17
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 168
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 389
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 270
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 20.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 242
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 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: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • 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: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • 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 %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 71
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

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

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

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

  • Length: 4490
  • Width: 1788
  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • 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
  • Max. Loading Weight: 450
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1580
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2030
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1176
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £745
  • Two tone paint: £925
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £745
  • Two tone special paint: £1,095

  • Heat pack - Leaf: £295
  • Tech Pack - Leaf: £450

  • Metallic - Gun metal: £575
  • Metallic - Magnetic Red: £575
  • Metallic - Blade Silver: £575
  • Metallic - Pearl black: £575

  • Pearl - Storm white: £745
  • Pearl - Ceramic grey: £745

  • Solid - Flame red: £0

  • Premium metallic - Chestnut bronze: £745
  • Premium metallic - Vivid blue: £745
  • Two tone special - Vivid blue/pearl black metallic: £1,095
  • Two tone special - Storm white/pearl black metallic: £1,095
  • Two tone special - Storm white/Ink blue metallic: £1,095
  • Two tone special - Ceramic grey/pearl black metallic: £1,095

  • Two tone - Pearl black/gun metallic: £925
  • Two tone - Magnetic red/pearl black metallic: £925
  • Two tone - Gun metal/pearl black metallic: £925

  • Woven cloth - Black: £0

  • Spare wheel: £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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