All of the electric motor’s torque is available right from a standstill, so as soon as you push the accelerator the Leaf pulls hard. Pick-up is just as strong on the move, and that makes it exceedingly punchy and easy to drive.Both models offer the same claimed 0-62mph time of 11.5 seconds, which doesn’t look that impressive, but believe us, the Leaf feels much faster than that. You don’t have to deal with changing gears either; you simply put the Leaf into ‘drive’ and off you go. There’s also a ‘B-mode’ in higher-specification versions that increases the amount of energy recovered from the brakes, also making the car slow down more aggressively when you lift off the accelerator. It’s ideal for maximising your range, and helpful for controlling your speed down steep hills.
All versions of the Leaf get the same electric motor, but the 24kWh and 30kWh battery packs offer different ranges. In theory the 24kWh will do 124 miles, but in real world driving this will be more like 70 to 80 miles, while the 30kWh battery’s claimed 155-mile range equates to a more realistic 100 to 120 miles.