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Nissan Leaf

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Nissan Leaf

(2018 - present)

    Summary


    The Nissan Leaf is a medium-sized five-door hatchback, and the most popular electric car in the world. The current model is the second-generation Leaf and is built here in the UK at Nissan’s Sunderland plant.

    The Leaf has been the flag-bearer for electric cars over the last decade, and is as recognised as the default electric car as the Toyota Prius is for hybrids.

    The latest Nissan Leaf has received consistently good scores from the UK motoring media. Although it is starting to fall behind newer rivals in the pure electric family car sector, its overall Expert Rating of 72% (as of July 2022, based on 27 reviews) is competitive with most conventionally-powered models.

    The Nissan Leaf has received particular praise for its smooth, quiet operation and generous equipment levels. However, it has been criticised for not matching other electric cars, like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, when it comes to overall range. The higher-spec models are also considered expensive compared to the entry-level models.

    A mildly facelifted Leaf will arriving in the UK in Spring 2022. This will consist of some minor styling tweaks, along with some new colours and alloy wheel designs.

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    Leaf highlights

    • Leisurely driving experience
    • Respectable battery range
    • Roomy interior with intuitive practical gadgets
    • Alluring affordable pricing
    • Low running costs

    Leaf lowlights

    • At risk of being surpassed by newer EV rivals
    • Polarising exterior looks
    • The e-Niro and Kona Electric have better battery range
    • Slightly complicated infotainment

    Key specifications


    Body style: Five-door hatchback
    Power: electric motor, battery-powered
    Price: From £28,995 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2018
    Last updated: Summer 2019
    Next update due: Summer 2022


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    Safety rating


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    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: April 2018
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    Adult protection: 93%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 71%

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    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: July 2019
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    Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 8.5 / 10

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Nissan Leaf to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Leaf, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Nissan Leaf has received

    2021

    • What Car? EV Awards – Best Used Electric Family Car

    2019

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Electric Car

    2018

    • World Car Awards – Best Green Car
    • What Car? Awards – Best Electric Car
    • Autocar Awards – Game Changer
    • DieselCar and EcoCar Awards – Best Electric Car
    • carwow Awards – Innovation Award

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    Nissan LeafThe latest Nissan Leaf has received consistently good scores from the UK motoring media, although it has few electric family car rivals to measure against.