2018 Nissan Leaf reader test team review

Will the second-generation Leaf electric car’s sharper styling and greater range impress?...

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The original Nissan Leaf was the first truly mass-market electric car. Since its launch in 2011, more than 20,000 examples have been sold in the UK; that means nearly half of all EVs on our roads are Leafs.

But it had its limitations, and with more manufacturers readying EVs of their own, it was time for Nissan to turn over a new Leaf.

The new car is intended to be a genuine Ford Focus challenger, rather than just a quirky choice, with conventional styling, more interior space, better handling and, vitally, a longer range. Nissan claims up to 235 miles between charges – 81 more than before. An 80% charge from a fast charger takes about 40 minutes.

The Leaf also gets a new e-Pedal mode, which strengthens the regenerative braking enough to let you stop just by lifting off the accelerator.

The Leaf is on sale now, priced from £22,790. It has already been crowned our 2018 Electric Car of the Year, but do you think it will it be a game-changer?

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