What used Nissan Leaf hatchback will I get for my budget?
A good example of the Leaf will start at about £5500, at the time of writing, for either a 2011 car with the battery included in the purchase price or a 2014 version with the battery on a monthly leasing plan. This year differential between the two types of purchase runs remains for most price categories; upping your budget to £6000-£8000 will net you a 2013 car with a battery or a 2015 (or later) version without. Any amount between £10,000 and £12,000 should obtain a 2015 or later car with a battery or a 2017 car without – all good, clean cars with an average mileage for the year.
How much does it cost to run a Nissan Leaf hatchback?
The cost of charging a Leaf to full varies, depending on the type of charging and where you’re doing it, but current estimates would put electricity costs at between £2 and £3. There is a flap on the Leaf’s nose that hides two charging sockets – one for charging from a domestic supply, which takes seven or eight hours for a full charge; the other is for a quick-charging point, where an 80% charge can take around half an hour. The 24kWh Leaf claims a range of up to 124 miles, while the later 30kWh version claims 155 miles. However, real-world range is likely to be much less, as these are maximum figures and range varies depending on individual use and the weather.
Battery packs are covered by a five-year warranty from new, but so far reports suggest they should last much longer than that. The cost of replacing a pack averages around £5000 at present. If you're leasing the battery, that's at present around £75 per month – but your battery will be replaced if it falls below 75% efficiency. Leasing will mean being tied into a contract and your annual mileage may be restricted.
With no petrol or diesel going in, there are zero emissions, therefore the Leaf avoids road tax.
Despite the fact that there’s no petrol or diesel engine up front, the Leaf still requires servicing, of course, although costs are on the whole cheaper – Nissan quotes £129 for a service. Consumables are cheap, although replacement parts can be pricey. Servicing intervals are variable.