Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf


$53,190

Drive Away

0-100 km/h
7.9s
Real Range
220 km
Consumption
16.4 kWh/100km

6.9Mojo Score
Our Verdict of the Nissan Leaf

The EV that was noticed by the masses, Nissan may have been early to market with the original Leaf, but the competition has caught up fairly quickly. While the second-generation Leaf is a competent BEV, it no longer feels special.

Driving Range
7.0
Efficiency
7.0
Performance
6.0
Value for Money
7.5
PROS
  • Innovative e-Pedal for maximising regen
  • Composed ride
  • Improved range
CONS
  • No long-range e+ version (yet)
  • Long home-charging
  • Lacklustre performance figures
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 Summary Review

A pioneer of wide-scale EV adoption, the Nissan Leaf is now in its second generation. Although the first generation was lauded for its ability to convert a large number of ICEV users to BEVs, the initial salvo was not without its complaints.

One such criticism was the design. Nissan has addressed this by employing a far more conventional approach with the second-generation Leaf. While it retains a similar large-hatchback shape, the new Leaf has been given a face more in-line with the Nissan family grill, while the interior design too has been toned down from before.

The new Leaf also addresses another earlier concern: limited range. Now with a larger 40kWh battery, the second-gen Leaf gives a claimed range of 270km, although real-world usage has shown expected range to be closer to 220km.

The Nissan Leaf offers very little in terms of revolution but instead displays incremental advances in technology. For instance, the new “e-Pedal” provides drivers with the ability to start and stop with a single pedal, while maximising regenerative energy. It does so by using increased energy recovery when the throttle pedal is released, combining it with the application of the brakes.

The Nissan Leaf has a charge time of 11 hours and 45 minutes from a wall-box and can be fast-charged at 50kW in under 40 minutes. The car itself can accelerate from rest to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds — nothing to write home about normally, but a time that is four seconds faster than the previous generation is noteworthy.

Although the Leaf is billed as a family five-seater, cabin and boot space is eaten into by the battery placement. In this respect, the Nissan Leaf faces competition from the almost-identically-priced Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which offers maximum cargo space of 1,417 litres vs the Leaf’s 1,176.

At $53,190 drive away, the Nissan Leaf is backed by a fairly attractive warranty: Five years/Unlimited kilometre, with eight years/160,000km for the battery. Now with a loyal following and steadily growing user base across Australia, the Nissan Leaf could well be described as the sensible choice for a BEV.

 Performance

Power

110 kW

Torque

320 Nm

0-100 km/h

7.9s

Top Speed

144 km/h

 Battery & Range

Battery Capacity

40.0 kWh

Claimed Range

270 km

Claimed Efficiency

152 Wh/km

Consumption

16.4 kWh/100km

Real Range

220 km

Real Efficiency

164 Wh/km

 Charging

Charge Time

11 hrs 45 min

Charge Speed

35 km/h

Charge Power

6.6 kW

Charge Port

Type-2

Fastcharge Time

40 min

Fastcharge Speed

230 km/h

Fastcharge Power

50 kW

Fastcharge Port

CHAdeMO

 Other Specs

Body Type

Hatch

Seating Capacity

5 Seats

Drive Type

FWD

Cargo Space

405 Litres

Max Cargo Space

1,176 Litres

ANCAP Rating

5 Star

ANCAP Report

 Warranty

Warranty

5 Years

Warranty km

Unlimited km

Battery Warranty

8 Years

Battery Warranty km

160,000 km

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