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Promoted: The New Nissan LEAF – safety first

The New Nissan LEAF is leading the way in driver and passenger protection, as well as zero-emissions electric car design

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The New Nissan LEAF has scored well in the latest Euro NCAP tests

When it comes to setting the automotive pace, the all-electric New Nissan LEAF isn’t solely focused on zero-emissions motoring. In fact, the New LEAF was also designed to beat new benchmarks for safety, as well as being more relaxing to drive.

That is why we’re delighted that the New LEAF is the first car to get a five-star Euro NCAP rating under the programme’s new – and tougher – protocols for 2018.

Euro NCAP has introduced a range of new tests this year to address key safety issues for cars, pedestrians and the growing number of cyclists on the road. After taking the new tests, the New LEAF received a five-star rating, with an impressive 93 per cent score for adult safety and 86 per cent for child protection.

The New LEAF’s five-star Euro NCAP rating reflects the high level of advanced driver assistance systems that have been included on the car. These include clever driving aids – such as Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition, Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Lane Intervention.

These are just part of a suite of advanced Nissan ProPILOT technologies that make driving the New LEAF safer and easier. Add in ProPILOT Park fully automated parking, as well as a clever e-Pedal – which allows you to accelerate and brake using just the throttle – and it’s clear that the New Nissan LEAF is setting the pace – in more ways than one.

Another eco car award win

The New Nissan LEAF has received a wealth of awards in recent months – winning the title of β€˜Best Electric Car’ in the 2018 What Car? Car of the Year Awards and being named World Green Car Of The Year at the New York International Auto Show. Now we have another trophy to add to the cabinet.

The New LEAF recently received the accolade of β€˜Best Electric Car’ in the annual DieselCar and EcoCar awards – a comprehensive test of 175 new cars, ranked using a comprehensive scoring system that places the focus on real-world conditions.

Praise was applied to the New LEAF’s extended range of up to 168 miles (WLTP Combined Cycle) and the ability to rapid-charge to 80% capacity in under an hour. The New LEAF was also commended for its improved performance, desirable design and ease of use – making it even more accessible to a broader motoring audience.

No fuel is good fuel

Both Nissan and What Car? are committed to helping drivers understand the real cost of motoring. True MPG is What Car?’s guide to how many miles a petrol, diesel or hybrid car really does to the gallon. Still, when it comes to fuel efficiency, no petrol. diesel or hybrid engine can beat the Nissan LEAF: it uses no combustible fuel at all.

For more information on What Car? True MPG, click here. For more information on the all-electric Nissan LEAF, click here.