For The electric Nissan Leaf costs peanuts to run, it's comfortable and is roomy enough for a family.
Against The very nature of electric motoring (eight-hour charging time for a very limited range, which drops drastically in cold weather) means that the Leaf won't suit many people's lives.
What Car? says
The Nissan Leaf is easy, fun and comfortable to drive, and the leasing option makes it more affordable. Just make sure you can live with the limited (and not always predictable) range.
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Target Price team says:
It doesn't matter how much you like the idea of the electric Nissan Leaf – if it doesn't suit your life, it won't work for you. Why? Well, Nissan claims it has a maximum range of around 124 miles on a single charge, but from our experience of the car, you’d do very well to achieve that. We reckon it’s better to work to a maximum of around 90 miles, and even then we’ve seen the range drop drastically in very cold weather. Recharging it from a normal domestic socket takes eight hours, and that’s provided you have somewhere convenient to charge it in the first place.
If you're a low-mileage driver, though, whose journeys tend to be strictly regimented, the Leaf could pay some massive dividends. Firstly, tailpipe emissions are zero, which makes it exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge, and it’ll cost you peanuts to charge. It's good to drive, too.
Reader test team says:
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