2019 Nissan Leaf Review

2019 Nissan Leaf Review There was plenty to like about the old Nissan Leaf, it had a driving range of 155 miles, a smart interior and offered the kind of low

running cost which electric car buyers are looking for. Towards the end of its life though is beginning to look a bit, well, outclassed by more modern rivals

2019 Nissan Leaf Review

such as the Renault Zoe or Volkswagen e-Golf and that is why there’s this the all-new Nissan Leaf with a greater driving range and a bigger focus on

safety than before, the new leaf could, on paper at least, walk away with class honors here but does it convince you to buy an electric car and how well does it

compare to its key rivals? That’s the question we’ll answer in this review along with how practical it is what it’s like inside and what it’s like to live

with and remember if at the end of it all you’re interested in buying a new new car deal section to see how much we can save you. It could potentially be

thousands. First though, let’s take this new Nissan Leaf out for a drive. Now unlike in most cars, lifting off the accelerator in an electric car like the

Nissan Leaf causes it to slow down and that’s the cars regenerative brakes at work harvesting extra energy from braking to feed back into the battery

and help you go further. Now in the leaf and in most other electric cars you also have an extra mode called bee mode which exacerbates that effects and cause you

to slow down even faster but the leaf goes one step further because if I put the car into its so called a e-Pedal mod then as you can tell when I take my foot

off the accelerator there the whole car starts to slow down to the point where I could effectively drive it using only one foot. Now this leaf is no slouch it

will reach 60 miles an hour in 8.2 seconds which is faster than both of its key rivals and it will keep going on to a limited top speed of 89 miles per hour.

The big question though is range, that’s the thing electric car buyers are looking for, how far you can go between charges and in the leaf that’s an

official 235 miles, a word of warning though because the tests which decide that official range are wholly unrepresentative of real-world driving

so you’re not likely to get anywhere close to that in the real world. In fact when we tested the leaf at around 5 degrees Celsius the

kind of temperature you’re likely to find in winter in the UK, we got a range of a hundred and eight miles then that’s more than the Volkswagen e-Golf but less

than a Renault Zoe like with most electric cars if you put your foot down you do get an instant surge of power and the leaf feels a little akin to a hot

hatch in that respect. It stays slightly more upright than both of its key rivals through corners and has a slightly firmer ride around town too

The interior of this Nissan Leaf is fundamentally a big improvement over that of the old ca but this driving position is a bit flawed you sit nice and high up but the

fact that there’s no reach adjustment in this steering wheel means that you’r likely going to sit with it either too far away from you or pull too close to

it and that can hamper your comfort on longer trips. At least you get a good view out of the front of the car making it easy to see where you’re going to

park however if you want to look over your shoulder to the rear the cars heavily stylized back end can make viewing difficult fortunately though you

get front and rear parking sensors and even a reversing camera to help. This 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes a standard on every leaf and it is

loaded with features, you get DAB digital radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and Apple Carplay and Android Auto and that means you can

control most of the features of your smartphone using the cars interface. It’s mostly easy to use – thanks to these logical menus and big icons and you can

use these shortcut buttons on either side too. Less impressive is how low resolution this screen is it’s really not as sharp as what you’ll find in

something like a Volkswagen e-Golf. Interior space is where the Nissan Leaf starts to gain an advantage over the rival Renault Zoe because it is

significantly larger inside and that’s most evident here in the front where you’ve got space to stretch out an there’s also plenty of space for your

odds and ends. These door bins will easily take a medium-sized water bottle there’s a cubby here for your mobile phone, a large central storage area here

under the central armrest and of course a glove box as well. Move to these rear seats and the leaf is similarly spacious and two six-footers

can sit one behind the other and still have enough room. It’s a different story when it comes to headroom though because as you can see my head is pretty much

touching the roof of this Leaf, there’s less than what you’ll find in a Volkswagen e-Golf and as is usually the case here try and fit three people on

this rear bench and everyone will feel the pinch, not least because this middle passenger has to straddle this tunnel in the floor. There’s more space in the boot

of the Nissan Leaf than what you’ll find in either a Renault Zoe or Volkswagen e-Golf so loading a couple of large holiday suitcases or a large weekly shop

should present no trouble. There’s no height adjustable boot floor on offer though, so you’re going to have to contend with this rather significant load lip

when heaving items over. You can at least extend this load bay if you need to using toggles on the back of the seats and that folds them forwards and gives

you a larger area if you need to move some furniture or some DIY. The leaf along with its key rivals from Renault and Volkswagen qualifies for the lowest

band of company car tax so it makes a good deal of sense for company car drivers at the moment. It’s worth remembering though that if you buy

privately on a PCP finance deal, as most buyers will, you’ll need to spend a lot of time in the leaf and do a lot of miles before it starts to save you real

money. It’s also worth noting that charging an electric car is vastly cheaper than paying for petrol or diesel and charging the leaf here takes eight

hours through a standard 7 kilowatts home charging units or just 40 minutes using the kind of fast charging equipment you’re likely to find at a motorway

service station. You do get plenty of kits here in the leaf especially if you go for one of our recommended N-connector models which come with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, front and rear

parking sensors, climate control and even keyless entry. You also get automatic emergency braking and six airbags. This leaf is one of the best electric cars.

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