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Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Alternatives

Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
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  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018 charge port
  • Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018 set charge time
Used Nissan Leaf 2011-2018 review
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Nissan Leaf hatchback?

The smaller Renault Zoe is a great electric car. Lease its battery and it makes a great used purchase and is exceptionally cheap to buy and run. It’s quiet and easy to drive, and its range is excellent. It didn’t fare as well as the Leaf in our last reliability survey, however.

One premium alternative is the Volkswagen e-Golf. VW says it has a battery range of 186 miles, but admits that’ll drop to around 125 miles in the real world. You can charge it through a three-pin plug, too, although it’ll take 13 hours for a full charge. It takes four hours for a full charge via a dedicated quick charger. It’s great to drive, but it is pricey.

Overview

The Nissan Leaf is easy, fun and comfortable to drive. Just make sure you can live with the limited range

  • Easy to drive
  • Cheap to run
  • Plenty of room for families compared with other electric cars
  • Small boot
  • Can take a long time to charge
  • Range drops in cold weather