2018 Nissan LEAF Gets Praised In New Test Drive Video Review

NOV 1 2017 BY MARK KANE 16

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF was well received by the CarAdvice, however in Australia the new LEAF won’t be available for another year (and if its like other EV offerings, it will cost a zillion dollars).

2018 Nissan LEAF test drive by CarAdvice.com

The overall evaluation after a thorough test drive in Japan stands at 8/10:

  • Performance & Economy – 9.0
  • Cabin Space & Comfort – 7.5
  • Technology & Connectivity – 8.5
  • Ride & Handling – 7.0

Of note: CarAdvice uses the more optimistic Japanese range metrics for the 2018 LEAF for its review.  In actual fact, the EV will travel a still decent 150 miles/241 km in the real world (EPA), while the 2019 edition will see a ~60 kWh battery with a range of ~225 miles/362 km.

CarAdvice appreciates the longer range, revised cabin displays, and the improved acceleration of the electric drive in addition to new safety/assist features.

“Acceleration is frisky, especially off the line where the motor’s instantaneous torque delivery gets you up and running fast, equivalent to a proper sports car out to about 60km/h before it starts to taper. The single-speed gearing is also a novel feeling, bringing momentum on with a surge rather than gradation.

The there’s the feted ‘e-Pedal’ with energy recuperation that gives a deceleration rate of up to 0.2 g when you lift off the throttle, effectively bringing the car to a stop without braking.”

On the ‘con’ side of things, CarAdvice says that the LEAF “could use more sex appeal“, and the lack of steering column reach adjustment annoys them (otherwise the ergonomics are deemed excellent). An anticipated long wait for the EV, and the high expected price in Australia ($50,000 AUD) were also mentioned as drawbacks.

As in case of many Japanese models, the LEAF still has “hard plastics everywhere“, but overall it’s a decent car.

Interesting is feedback form the driving experience:

“From a ride and handling perspective, the Leaf’s revised legacy platform limits any hope of hot hatch dynamism, though for urban driving the light steering (feel-free despite new software and stiffer steering torsion bar) and silent drivetrain are ideal, even if the latter merely maximises road roar from tyres and wind.”

We should note that since these are initial test drives, Nissan has stated that the feel and tuning of the LEAF on the Japanese model is unique (deadened), and ultimately the EV will be more dynamic when it arrives in Europe and the US in January.

The camera display (in the rear-view mirror) is recognized as a cool function, but as best we know, it won’t be an option outside of Japan (at least right out of the gate anyway). In the end, CarAdvice advises to test it before purchase.

The ProPilot parking system again copes well in both parallel or perpendicular parking, but it’s too slow in actual operation (in separate reviews, Nissan has also stated that it will be improving the speed of operation in production cars – so hopefully this issue is resolved at that time).

source: CarAdvice

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16 Comments on "2018 Nissan LEAF Gets Praised In New Test Drive Video Review"

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Meh.. swing and a miss..

Early sales indications say otherwise…

I’m really looking forward to getting this car. Can’t wait.

Why is it so ugly? They had years. I just don’t get it. Did they look at a Tesla and think, “Let’s do the opposite.”?

Subjective. The Tesla looks generic and dated.

new leaf looks cool. I love cars that have a futuristic vibe

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Get it out with Optrex.

Really, no steering wheel telescoping? That’s a really basic driving comfort issue.

Telescoping steering would have been a nice option, that I would have gladly paid for in Leasing my 2016 Leaf SV.

This is a huge MISS for Nissan not to offer it. It might be the issue that puts me in a Model Y, as the Lease runs out just before 2020.

I don’t get it. Why can’t the seat simply be adjusted forward or backward to get the best distance from the steering wheel?

Pedals. For example someone very short may not reach pedals if the seat is probably adjusted for the steering wheel and vice versa.

A HUGE MISS? Are you joking?

Thermal Battery Mgmt – Maybe, Seat adjustment – Not!

Hint: move seat to adjust, disaster avoided!

I need more Cow Bell!! More Range! 70kwh battery..

I don’t think that’s the type of vehicle that Nissan is intending the LEAF to be. Best look for some other EV.

I love their enthusiasm, but with the dearth of CHAdeMO charging in Australia, it is doomed to be a city car. The sooner someone, anyone, in Australia wakes up and realise EV’s will never gain main stream acceptance without a comprehensive charging infrastructure. Tesla gets it, and some small pockets of chargers show promise, but overall it is just hopeless at this point in time.
And using NEDC, Japanese or other ridiculous range systems is just wrong. People buy these cars thinking they can go 400km, only to find they barely go 200km, and that just sets up the negative EV experience.