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Nissan Leaf Acenta 30Kw 5Dr Auto Electric Hatchback

Nissan Leaf Acenta 30Kw 5Dr Auto Electric Hatchback
Including:
  • 3 Years Insurance
  • 3 Years Servicing
  • 3 Years Tax
  • 3 Years Warranty
Advance Payment

Fuel Consumption
EC Combined (mpg)N
EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesN
EC Extra Urban (mpg)N
EC Urban (mpg)N
Insurance
Insurance Group19E
Emissions
CO2 (g/km)0 (g/km)
Standard Euro EmissionsN

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Ten Second Review

The Nissan LEAF is a car that divides opinion. Some love this fully electric vehicle for its bold engineering and surprisingly enjoyable driving dynamics. To date though, most potential buyers simply haven't been able to make a case for it. The Japanese brand hopes that'll change thanks to the installation of a heavier 30kWh battery that is said to be able to boost operating range to as much as 155 miles.

Background

Though the Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling electric vehicle, sales have hardly been staggering and it's fair to say that the LEAF hasn't exactly revolutionised British motoring habits. That said, we've always had the deepest admiration for Nissan for going ahead and building the thing, where most manufacturers will only display tedious design studies and proof of concept mules on motorshow stands. Someone had to be the first to build a vehicle as innovative from the ground up: history will remember Nissan's name here. Time now though, to make this vehicle more real-world viable, a process that starts right here, right now with this upgraded version. Previously, this model had a 24kWh battery that Nissan said could take you up to 124 miles on a single charge. We found that figure to be closer to around 80 miles in ordinary driving: not quite enough for most people not to have regular pangs of so-called 'range anxiety'. With this improved version though, these might subside a little. The 30kWh battery might add 21kgs of extra weight but it boosts the quoted range figure to 155 miles. Let's say that's 120 miles in real driving: now we're talking.

Driving Experience

So what's changed about the way the LEAF drives? Next to nothing because that never generated any complaints. In fact, the LEAF might just be the most stealthy fun car out there. You might expect it to feel like a bloated milk float from behind the wheel but actually, this Nissan has a very crisp way of stepping off the line and with all of the weight - the batteries - mounted so low in the car, it has a centre of gravity that a mid-engined supercar can only dream of. In recent times, Nissan's engineers have finessed the damper settings to reduce float and deliver a more agile and dynamic drive without adversely affecting ride comfort. The steering system has been given a touch more weight to provide steering feel more in tune with European tastes, while the performance of the brakes has been improved to make them more progressive in use, while also increasing the amount of energy recovered. Changes have also been made to the Eco driving mode. A 'B' setting on the transmission increases regenerative braking during deceleration, while a separate 'Eco' button on the steering wheel extends driving range by altering the throttle mapping to discourage rapid acceleration. The two systems can be operated independently of one another, unlike in the original LEAF.

Design and Build

The LEAF was the first mass production electric vehicle to be designed from the ground up for purely battery power. Early EVs, like some of those still on the market, were merely conversions of cars originally created with petrol engines. Even if you didn't know this, you could perhaps guess the fact from a glance at this dramatic-looking Nissan. For example, since, as an all-electric car, there was no need to fit a bulky engine in the front, it has a stubby and sharply-angled nose that produces a smart wedge profile and aids the strong aerodynamic performance. But the perhaps the most important thing here is the overall size. At around 4.5m long, this was the first pure electric car big enough for proper family use, no more than around 200kgs heavier than a similarly shaped conventional model and offering cabin space and overall dimensions very comparable to that of a conventional Ford Focus-style family hatchback. Even today, no other EV on the market can offer you more back seat space. The rear bench can comfortably accommodate three adults on short journeys, two on longer ones and a trio of kids all day long. Luggage room is 330-litres and you can increase that to 680-litres by pushing forward the rear backrest. Up front, as before, there's an appropriately futuristically styled split-level dash, with blue-tinted graphics that look pretty conventional until you peer closer and find that they're primarily geared towards advising you just how much further you can go before a charging top-up is needed. The graphics advise you of your success in regenerating electricity and there's an eco-indicator to display the status of electricity consumption, with little tamaguchi-like trees growing on the display, depending upon how frugally you're driving.

Market and Model

The 30kWh LEAF is offered in two familiar trim grades - Acenta and Tekna. Prices start at just under £25,000, but that's for a model without the necessary 6kW charger. Get this and also include the useful Solar Cell panel that'll help you charge up via the sun's rays and you'll be paying up to around £26,000 for the Acenta version or up to £28,000 for the luxuriously specified Tekna variant. Acenta versions have 16-inch alloy wheels, suede fabric seat trim, body coloured mirror caps and rear privacy glass. Top grade Tekna models feature LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Bose stereo and Nissan's rather wonderful Around View Monitor, a system which takes feeds from external video cameras to create a bird's eye view of exactly what's around you. Safety provision is as good as ever, with front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution with brake assistance as standard, along with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

Cost of Ownership

Assuming you can afford the upfront asking price, then cost of ownership is an area in which this Nissan shows up very well indeed. The phrase 'no brainer' springs to mind. Here's why. Let's start with most buyers' biggest potential saving, which will actually be nothing to do with fuel and everything to do with the fact that this car attracts absolutely no Benefit-in-Kind company car tax, potentially saving owners thousands every year. Well, actually, it'd be better than that since as a buyer, you wouldn't have to pay for a tax disc, your maintenance costs would be about 15% lower (fewer moving parts you see), you'd be exempt from the London congestion charge and in some cities, you wouldn't even have to pay for parking. And we haven't even got to fuel savings yet, which the AA reckon would, on their own, enable you to recoup the difference between this car and a conventional diesel competitor in under three years. Specifically, Nissan reckons that the savings you could expect would add up to around £800 a year over a typical annual 9,300 mileage in comparison to a diesel rival. You want me to break that down? Well, on a pence per mile basis, reckon on it costing you about 3ppm to run a LEAF in comparison to about 11ppm in a modern turbodiesel rival. And before you ask, yes that does take into account the increased electricity charges you would incur in this Nissan.

By Jonathan Crouch

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Key Standard Features*

  • Solid - Flame red
  • Solid paint
  • Suede fabric - Black
  • Suede fabric - Light grey
Specification
Body Glass
Rear wiper
Electric front/rear windows
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Brakes
Brake energy regeneration
Traction control
ABS/EBD
VDC Dynamic Vehicle Control
Hill start assist
Communication
Voice control system
Bluetooth system
Driver Aids
Speed sensitive power steering
Rear view camera
PAS
Cruise control + speed limiter
Driver Convenience
Push button starter
Driver Information
Carwings Navigation system
Trip computer
Seatbelt reminders for driver and front passenger
Telematics system
Nissan connect navigation with radio/CD and rear view monitor
Driving Mirrors
Body colour door mirrors
Electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors
Embellishment Trims
Gloss black centre console
Entertainment
6 speakers
Steering wheel mounted audio/telephone controls
USB/iPod connection
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers
Chrome door handles
Exterior Lights
Front fog lights
Automatic headlights
Daytime running lights
Follow me home headlights
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Climate control
Rear heater duct
PTC (Positive Temp Co-efficent) heater
Heat pump system with remote control
Interior Features
Mode 3 Type 2/ 32A/7-Pin cable
Illuminated glovebox
Tilt adjustable steering wheel
Driver's armrest
Rear assist grips
3.3kw charger
Quick charge port
Suede fabric upholstery
Safety
Driver and passenger airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Side airbags
3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners
Front and rear curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
3x3 point rear seatbelts
VSP sound for pedestrian
Seats
Rear head restraints
Height adjustable front seats
Isofix child seat preparation
Front head restraints
Front seatback pocket
60/40 split folding rear seat
Security
Alarm
Immobiliser
Remote central locking
Deadlock
Intelligent Key
Wheels - Alloy
17" alloy wheels
Wheels - Spare
Tyre puncture repair kit
Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)11.5
Engine Power - BHP109
Engine Power - KW80
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM10500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT187
Engine Torque - NM254
Engine Torque - RPMN
Top Speed89

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