Nissan Leaf reviewed on video
Tempted by the idea of an electric car? The Nissan Leaf is an entertaining electric family hatchback...
Electric cars are gaining popularity in the UK. They're cheap to run, emit no greenhouse gases and can be just as engaging and fun to drive as regular cars. One of the best-selling electric cars at the moment is the Nissan Leaf. It's easy to drive, reliable and has plenty of room for a family and their luggage.
As with other mass market all-electric cars like the Renault Zoe and the premium BMW i3, the Leaf benefits from a £4500 electric vehicle grant from the Government, making it even more financially appealing.
The Leaf is available in two forms. Depending on the size of battery you choose, its range will either be 124 miles or 155 miles. Given that the average UK commute is less than 20 miles, either size should give you plenty of juice during the week, plus the reassurance of being able to travel longer distances at the weekends.
Because all of the electric motor's torque is available from a standstill, the Leaf accelerates very quickly. In fact, the Leaf feels a lot faster than its 0-62mph sprint time of 11.5 seconds would suggest. The ride is relaxed and comfortable over most surfaces, but you will feel bigger bumps and potholes.
The Leaf doesn't perform so well when it comes to practicality. Space for both front and rear passengers is only adequate, and despite having a fairly large boot, the Leaf doesn't offer the kind of seating flexibility we'd expect from a family hatchback.
The Leaf's £16,530 entry-level price might look expensive compared to regular hatches, but it's cheap for an electric car. Remember that you'll be saving money down the line when it comes to fuel bills, too. Certainly, if you're considering switching to an electric car then the Leaf is well worth looking at.
Watch our video review below to find out more about the Nissan Leaf, and click here to read our full review.
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