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Tesla continues to push the boundaries of electric car technology, while the Zoe remains an appealing option for a different reason: it’s cheap enough to be a realistic alternative to petrol or diesel for the masses.

But the new Leaf isn’t much more expensive than the Zoe, and it’s much better to drive, more spacious inside and considerably safer. Its real-world range of 108 miles in our winter tests might seem a little ordinary, but that’s still more than enough for most commutes. And remember you’ll get considerably farther between charges in the summer months.

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THIS IS THE most fiercely fought price point, because there’s a surprising number of cars to choose from these days. The BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf and ‘i’ (non-battery lease) versions of the Renault Zoe are all within your grasp, and each of those models has its own raison d’être.

But we reckon the new Leaf betters them all. True, it won’t get you quite as far between charges as a Zoe, but it’ll keep going comfortably longer than an i3 and an e-Golf, and it’s considerably cheaper than both of those German rivals to buy, whatever your circumstances. In fact, the Leaf won’t actually cost you that much more on a monthly PCP deal than our entry-price-point best buy, the Zoe.

What’s more, the Leaf comes generously equipped as standard in mid-rung N-Connecta trim, has a bigger boot than rivals, is easily fast enough for regular motorway driving and, if the previous generation model is anything to go by, should prove extremely reliable. The fact that you can charge it from empty to 80% in as little as 40 minutes only sweetens the deal.

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