Nissan Leaf: new vs old compared

The Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric car, but how does the new version compare with its predecessor?...

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Steve Huntingford
14 Mar 2017 09:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Nissan Leaf new vs old – space and practicality

Nissan Leaf: new vs old compared

Rear leg room has been improved in the new car, but the Leaf remains better suited to carrying four people than five, because the central rear seat is narrow. What's more, six-footers will probably have to slouch a bit to avoid their heads touching the ceiling.

Similarly, boot space has grown from a competitive 370 litres to a class-leading 435 litres, but it could be more usable; there’s an enormous lip at the entrance, as well as a step in the floor of the extended load bay when you fold down the rear seats.

Nissan Leaf new vs old – costs

Nissan Leaf: new vs old compared

The new Leaf costs from £26,490, whereas the old car kicked off at £21,180. That's quite a price hike, but you are getting a classier, better-equipped and more usable car.

The new entry price also ensures that the Leaf undercuts similarly sized rivals such as the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf, even though our tests have shown that it has a better real-world range than either of them.

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