2018 Nissan Leaf review - verdict

We’ve been behind the wheel of Nissan’s new and improved electrically powered...

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Jimi Beckwith
11 Dec 2016 11:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Ahead of the car’s UK launch, Nissan hasn't confirmed specs, but it’s likely that the new Leaf will follow the same trim levels as the rest of the Nissan range, with Visia and Acenta making up the lower models and Tekna as the premium offering.

Nissan insists that pricing will remain the same. That’s a good thing, because one of the previous Leaf’s weaknesses was its price. So, what is essentially a price cut, given the likelihood of extra tech and plushness, sweetens the deal, especially when considering the ever-increasing running costs of petrol and diesel cars.

Overall, it’s a thorough and convincing update to an EV that has slipped down the class as better rivals have joined it. In its tested, Japanese-spec form, it's a capable car. If the changes promised by Nissan have the right effects, it’ll be a serious contender for class honours.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Renault Zoe

Volkswagen eGolf


Nissan Leaf

Price £26,490 Engine Electric motor Power148bhp Torque 236lb ft Battery capacity 40kWh Gearbox single ratio reducer 0-62mph 8.6sec Top speed 89mph Official range 235 miles CO2, tax band 0g/km, 9%

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