Used Nissan Leaf 2018-present review

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Section: Ownership cost

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Ownership cost

What used Nissan Leaf hatchback will I get for my budget?

Used prices for the latest Leaf start at around £17,500, which gets you an early 2018 model with high mileage. If you want something less leggy, you'll need to increase your budget to £19,000 or more. An e+ Leaf with the bigger battery pack is still around £30,000, which is quite a lot when you consider that the discounted price of a new example, through our New Car Buying service, is currently a little over £33k, and the Leaf still qualifies for the government grant of £3000, too.  

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How much does it cost to run a Nissan Leaf hatchback?

MPG

One good thing about electricity is it costs less than petrol or diesel to run a car on. Choose an economy tariff and charge your electric car up overnight, and your bills will be a fraction of what they would be for a conventionally powered car. Nissan claims a range of around 168 miles under the new WLTP test for the 40kWh version, although in our real range tests it ran for 128 miles. The 62kWh version goes further with a real range of 217 miles, which isn't that far from its predicted range of 239 miles.

The Leaf uses the same Type 2 connector for normal charging as most of its rivals. However, unlike the Zoe and e-Golf, there’s also a CHAdeMO connector for 50kWh rapid charging. Charging at home from 0-100% on a 7kW wallbox will take 7.5 hours, and you can charge from 20-80% from a 50kW CHAdeMO charger in about 60 minutes. A full charge from a domestic three-pin plug socket will take 21 hours. 

As you'd expect, the 62kWh version takes longer to charge: up to 90 minutes for the same 20-80% 50kWh charge; and 11.5 hours from a wallbox, or 32 hours from a three-pin plug going from empty to full. 

Find out more about the different types of electric car charging plugs here.

CO2 emissions

Since this is an electric car, there are no exhaust pipe emissions to have to worry about. Choose a renewable energy tariff for extra green points.

Road tax

Annual car tax will be zero, as will be the London Congestion Charge (after you've paid to register your car on their system, of course). To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

Servicing

Servicing is required every 18,000 miles and costs £159 for a minor service, and £209 for a major one.  

Insurance

All versions of the Leaf are in group 21 for insurance, which is lower than the Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona; but R110 models of the Renault Zoe are lower still.

Find out more about electric car insurance by reading our news story here.

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