The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric family hatchback that’s roughly the same size as a Vauxhall Astra. However, even after the £4500 Government electric vehicle grant is taken into account, the starting price for a Leaf is still higher than its conventionally powered rivals.
Instead of different engine options there are two battery options of 24kWh and 30kWh. The smaller one allows a theoretical maximum range of 124 miles, while the larger one extends this to 155 miles - but it is only available on higher-grade trims.
Owning a Leaf offers buyers significantly lower running costs than a standard car. After all, it doesn’t use any petrol or diesel, charging it is cheap and it’s exempt from road tax and congestion charge costs. Alternatives such as the VW e-Golf may be better to drive, and the distinctive BMW i3 more luxurious and desirable, but the Nissan is the more affordable all-electric option.
It’s also easy to live with and comfortable to drive, and the leasing option makes the Leaf affordable. It isn’t for everyone, though, because you’ll need to make sure its range and charging requirements won’t conflict with your everyday driving habits.