Nissan Leaf information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the electric car. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Leaf electric car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Nissan Leaf is an amazingly un-rubbish electric alternative to combustion powered hatchbacks. Now with a longer range and a lower price, you might be surprised. For more information on the Nissan Leaf, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
As one of the first mainstream electric cars from a volume manufacturer, the Leaf’s a bit of a trailblazer. It’s one that continues to evolve, too. A series of updates in 2013 saw the charger moved to the front of the car for more boot space, some judicious weight loss, better braking energy recuperation and a new type of heater that drains less power in winter. Theoretical range from a full charge (around eight hours from a household three-pin socket) is 124 miles if you drive sympathetically. And if you don’t, it’s actually quite nippy. Equivalent of 108bhp from the electric motor helps the Leaf cruise comfortably on the motorway, although do this for too long at higher speeds and you’ll see the range nosedive. CAR ran an earlier-spec Leaf as a long termer, and despite having to adapt to the kind of range anxiety worries you’d expect (particularly in winter when the cold weather hobbles the battery’s reserves), came away impressed. It feels so normal to drive, you might just forget to plug it in. We did once…
The one we’d buy
Main decision is whether to buy the battery outright or lease it; there are pros and cons to both options
The one we’d avoid like the plague
If you’re buying second-hand, try and go for a post-2013 facelift model
Rivals to consider
BMW i3, Renault Zoe, VW e-Up
One of the world’s most relaxing driving experiences…
…apart from worrying about running out of electricity