2018 Nissan LEAF Versus 2014 LEAF – How Much Is New?

MAR 5 2018 BY MARK KANE 40

One the first owners of the 2018 Nissan LEAF in the UK compared how much of it is different from an older version.

2018 Nissan LEAF Versus 2014 LEAF (source: SThinks)

As it turns out, there are many similarities compared to the 2014 LEAF with its 24 kWh battery, as Nissan cut development costs and based the new LEAF largely on the previous generation electric car.

The new LEAF is highly improved, but it is not designed from the ground up.

This is a comparison video between the 2108 Nissan Leaf 2.Zero and a 2014 Nissan Leaf Acenta. You’ll be surprised how much is carried over to the MY2018 from the previous generation model. The comparisons don’t cover every aspect of the cars, but focus on some of the main features and similarities.”

Of course there’s that 40 kWh battery (instead of 24 or 30 kWh). 110 kW electric motor (instead of 80 kW), but in fact the motor itself is the same, but its power electronics have been changed. There is a Type 2 charging inlet in Europe instead Type 1 and it’s in a slightly different position.

Nissan designed a new front and rear for the car, but when you take a look, the doors are nearly the same. Similarities were found inside too.

Categories: Nissan, Videos

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

40 Comments on "2018 Nissan LEAF Versus 2014 LEAF – How Much Is New?"

newest oldest most voted
leafowner

I saw one yesterday for the first time. From the front it was definitely different — but from the side it looks remarkably like the 2013 Leaf I have….I did not get to see the inside — but overall I was a bit disappointed. Nissan really needed to step up their game – and I’m not sure they did that with this iteration.

Waiting for my Model 3!!!

Okari

I agree these damn electric cars look like they were built for Sissys. We need great looking sporty or luxury looking electric car. Why can they just make a Nissan Maxima electric. Oran if Lincoln continental electric. I’m all in.

jelloslug

This version is more of a heavy refresh than a totally new car.

G2

Concur, but that does not mean its a bad thing.

Brandon

You really have to give it to Nissan that they are actually SELLING well priced EVs now instead of still developing or still ramping up production.

Djoni

It’s a welcome improvment.
Specially if I compart to my current LeafMy2012.
Faster L2 Charging, efficient heat pump instead of resistive heating, e-pedal, almost 30 kW more power, propilot, more regen, updated android and car play, Nissan connect, more cargo, and more than double the range of my current one (79% SOH, Leafspy) for less that I pay in 2012.

Want a strudel with that?

Djoni

“if I compare”, and at 100 000 mile, 79% SOH ain’t a prowess, but it’s still very usable and the bigger and newer chemestry battery won’t fade that much.

Frankly, I would like to replace my 24 kWH battery with this 40 kWh, because it’s the same volume, but Nissan refuse to serve old customer and this is something that I will remember when I’ll change it.

Kootenay EV Family

I’m at 92k miles in my 2014, and like you I would like to put a 40 kWh pack in my car.

Ron

Kind of like VWs of the 1960s

Spoonman.

This is why I’m concerned about the safety outcomes of the new Leaf – if it’s basically the same, have they improved the problems found in earlier tests?

Alonso Perez

Only one way to find out. Wait for the tests.

Gary

The chassis has been redesigned so that the new car earns 5 stars for crash safety vs. 4 stars for the old car

Adam

The very small upgrades/sidegrades from my 2014 LEAF SV (similar dashboard, ANALOG speedometer, smaller infotainment screen, still no battery thermal management) and the ridiculous lease rates for a 2018 SV ($350/month, $2500 down) made it a no brainer to switch to a fully loaded Bolt LT for $280/month $1000 down. Other than the battery degradation, I really enjoyed driving my LEAF so it made me quite sad and angry that Nissan strayed from being the leader in value for your money (My 2014 LEAF was $245/month $1000 down)

Frank

I haven’t seen a lease offer on the Bolt like that. I’m getting quotes of $500 a month for no money down on a Bolt LT loaded.

I hate US car dealers, I may get a Tesla just to avoid the whole slimey process!

Adam

Yeah for some reason the lease deals recently have been terrible. When I started looking in September 2017, I was being quoted $350/month for the Bolt LT, but then it went down to $280/month in October and I jumped on that as fast as I could. This is in Maryland.

Paul

Was that with the pepco discount?

Adam Pranda

The only discount I got was the $3000 Maryland EV rebate. Accounting for that, my total lease cost for 3 years should be around $8100.

Frank

Yikes – so I’m being quoted $18,000 for 3 years – +2x your price.

I give up, I’m buying a Tesla. I can’t believe GM tolerates dealers selling cars in a range of 2x for the same cars!!!

WadeTyhon

It depends on where you live. In California the lease rates were pretty good last year.

Here in Texas, not so much.

Mark

Timing is everything. Last October and November, the lease deals on the Bolt were amazing. They were doing 1-pay leases, where you just pay the entire lease upfront (let me put it on a credit card), which also made the finance charges $0. My co-worker leased a Bolt LT for $8,200 1-pay. One payment of $8,200 covered everything, all payments, DMV fees, everything. That is only $227/mo and that doesn’t factor in the fact he was entitled to a $700 costco cash card and the $2500 state rebate. So his total after all rebates was $5,000. That’s $138/mo. That’s slick. I got a loaded premier with both options packages for $10,700 1-pay. So that was just under $300 per month before the external incentives, or $200/mo if you factor in the $2500 from the state, $500 from PG&E, and $700 from Costco. Just need to wait for the deals to come back this summer/fall.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

There were plenty of 2017 Bolt deals late last year. You’ll have to wait until later in the year to get the good deals.

silversod

I agree about the expensive lease deals, way too expensive for me here in the UK, I was quoted £2500 / $3450 down £315 / $434.73/month 36 months/10K miles/year.

jelloslug

I cannot see why someone would pick the new Leaf over a Bolt or a Model 3.

menorman

It’s cheaper and available now.

jelloslug

You can get a Bolt today.

Mint

Yes you can, and it won’t have any autonomous driving features, nor will it have the Leaf’s trunk space or decent looks.

I would have bought a Bolt if it was available in Canada a year ago (just 400km from the plant), or if it had GM’s supercruise as an option. But GM only sprinkled a few outside ZEV-mandate regions, and put a really useless line-bouncing system as driver assist, so I bought a Leaf and am very pleased with it.

To top it all off, only 30,000 people will be buying the Bolt this year, because GM/LG decided to cap the production. The Leaf will likely sell well over 50,000.

WadeTyhon

Well they might pick it as a temporary vehicle while they wait to order the short range model 3. Or if they don’t like the Bolt seats. Or because it is much cheaper to get into a leaf than a bolt or model 3.

But if I were considering driving the leaf long term and actually buying it, I would wait until the 60 kWh battery.

Cosmyc

Well, I think the 60kWh Leaf it’s a better car than the Bolt, and Model 3 is more expensive.

KenZ

Possibly (on the leaf/bolt). My leaf’s battery is still going great at 60k miles, but in all seriousness if I was going to BUY one of the two, I’d choose the Bolt because of the battery temp issues. If I was going to lease, then I’m not so sure.

That said, from now on my plan is to buy used off lease EVs forever… got a used Leaf, wife got a used Tesla, and keep taking advantage of the incredibly (relatively, esp in reference to Tesla) low resale prices.

jelloslug

I doubt a 60kw Leaf will be cheaper than a Model 3

Doggydogworld

Model 3 is $49k + options.

Some day Tesla may sell a less expensive version. Or not.

philip d

Is Nissan selling a 60 kWh Leaf now?

bro1999

Like I said previously, the new Leaf is a lipsticked pig. Has some nice new features (like ProPilot) and the range bump, but otherwise the “new” Leaf is just a heavily refreshed Gen 1 Leaf. If I had a hard line of <$30k MSRP cars, I'd look at the Ioniq electric instead. According to Tesla Bjorn's road test, the Ioniq actually beat the "new" Leaf in a range test despite the Leaf having a 29% bigger battery!

jelloslug

This version of the Leaf is what Nissan should have brought out in 2015.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

However, the Ioniq BEV is clearly just a compliance car, while the “new” Nissan Leaf is being produced in reasonable volume.

If I were avoiding one, I’d avoid both.

Paul K

Well I don’t consider my 30kwh 2016 Leaf to be a pig. Only thing I could ask for is MORE COWBELL! (range). The new looks can keep the styling trolls at bay and the extra power and range with 40kwh battery can’t hurt.

Thermal battery management simply has not been an issue in my application.

The big issue is that someone has to start making serious money building electric cars. So far that isn’t really happening. A refresh of an existing platform is a route to that.

BillT

Battery cooled by the wrong medium = no sale for me since I keep cars 10+ years and it gets nice and warm here in Austin TX.

bro1999

Can someone explain why the ’18 Leaf has that huge hump in the middle of the rear floor area? The Model 3 and Bolt have completely flat floors. Did Nissan cram the extra batteries in that space? Why is that hump there?

Adam

That’s where the high voltage battery disconnect is located. I guess it’s there for ease of access. In the Bolt, the disconnect is located under the rear seat, thus allowing for the flat floor.

Mister G

Hi Bob Lutz