Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The 39kWh version of the Nissan Leaf is one of the most affordable electric cars on sale, competing with the likes of the MG4 and MG ZS EV plus entry-level versions of the Renault Zoe. Jumping up to the 59kWh e+ models hikes up the price considerably, so the car costs a similar amount to the Cupra Born, Kia Niro EV and VW ID.3.
If you're a company car driver, you'll be on to a winner: all electric cars have ultra-low company car tax rates, at least for the next few years.
It's worth considering an upgrade to N-Connecta trim, which adds part-faux leather, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Tekna is too pricey to recommend, although it does add part-leather seats and a driver assistance system called Pro Pilot. That can take care of the steering in certain situations (such as when driving along a motorway) while keeping you a set distance from the car in front with adaptive cruise control.
Nissan as a brand did badly in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey finishing near the bottom of the league table in 25th place out of 32 manufacturers. Peugeot did worse, but MG, Renault, Skoda and Tesla all did better.