What should I look for in a used Nissan Leaf hatchback?
Despite its unconventional powertrain, the Leaf is shaped like a normal car with a significant nose and front overhang, this largely to comply with pedestrian impact legislation in the event of an accident. However, it’s not all visible from the driver’s seat, so check for any minor scuffs on the bodywork and any damage to the wheels, as the Leaf will mostly have been used in urban scenarios and in tight city centre parking spaces.
When test-driving a used electric vehicle, make sure you monitor the dash to see how quickly the battery is depleted and ensure that it can be charged fully just so you have a rough idea of battery condition.
The first-gen Leaf was one of the most reliable cars on the road, aided by having fewer moving parts than conventional motor cars, and there were very few areas pointed out by owners for attention. Our recent survey highlighted bodywork issues, brake problems and non-engine electrics, but it must be noted that these were few and far between.
In our most recent survey, the first-gen Leaf was the most reliable electric vehicle of all and one of the most reliable cars full stop, with an excellent reliability rating of 99.7%. The only faults recorded were minor. Nissan as a brand finished in a disappointing 27th place out of 32 manufacturers.
Page 3 of 5