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 (up to eight hours for a full charge, and a limited range that drops drastically in cold weather) means that the Leaf won't suit many people’s lives.

Nissan Leaf Hatchback
44 5stars

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 consistent) range.

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The full Nissan Leaf review

There are 4 Nissan Leaf versions available

Hatchback 80kw Visia 5dr £26,490
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 80kw Visia + 5dr £27,590
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 80kw Acenta 5dr £28,590
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 80kw Tekna 5dr £30,590
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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It doesn’t matter how much you like the idea of the electric Nissan Leaf – if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle, 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 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, however, 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 easy to drive and comfortable, too.

Reader test team says:

Nissan Leaf Hatchback 80kw Tekna 5dr

I have had the leaf 3 weeks now and love every minute in it. I probably wouldn't have bought it only we're a two car household and while the Leaf will…

Mark O ' Byrnes

5 out of 5 stars

Nissan Leaf Hatchback 80kw Tekna 5dr

I took delivery of my top of the range Tekna in mid October and have now had the car for 1 month and have covered 1000 miles of mainly local journeys.…

Gavin Derriman

5 out of 5 stars

Nissan Leaf Hatchback 80kw Acenta 5dr

I've owned my Leaf now for just a week, and I have to say that I am VERY impressed. It's comfortable, well equipped, very enjoyable to drive and…

Steve Olive

4 out of 5 stars

Nissan Leaf Hatchback 80kw Tekna 5dr

A nice drive, but comes no-where near to living up to Nissan's claims on range on a charge, making it impractical. Nissan claim a range of up to 124…

Colin Roberts

1 out of 5 stars
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