And The Verdict Is? 30 kWh Nissan LEAF Reviewed From UK – Video

JUL 23 2016 BY MARK KANE 21

Nissan LEAF is year-after-year the best selling all-electric car in UK.

The new 30 kWh versions on the market is doing better than 24 kWh and recently Car Keys UK released a review on the addition.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

The overall rating was just “3.5 out of 5″.  Zero emission travel, practicality and low running costs on the pros.

Mentioned drawbacks were still a high price, limited range and odd styling.

“If you’re after an electric car, the Nissan LEAF will most likely be on your shopping list, because it’s the best-selling all-electric vehicle in Europe.

Now available with a 30kWh battery, its range has been improved, so you can go further between each charge.

In this review, we take an in-depth look at the interior of the Nissan LEAF, including its boot size, dashboard and back seats. We then run through performance, price and finish up with the all-important verdict – is the Nissan LEAF a good car?”

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21 Comments on "And The Verdict Is? 30 kWh Nissan LEAF Reviewed From UK – Video"

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looks like a pos from the outside

I remember Ghosn bragging endlessly about Nissan’s belief in electrification. It’s starting to look more and more like it was just idle talk. Nissan slips further and further behind.

I’m wondering if perhaps they wished now that they had put in a decent thermal management system in the cars to begin with. That was a huge blunder on their part. Lot’s of catching up to do in that department.

…and before someone tries to remind me that their NV200 already has one I would point out that that is a pretty lame system also.

Time to play catch up Nissan.

The video doesn’t give me one compelling reason to buy a new Leaf! The few people I know who would consider the odd looking Leaf, have already made $1,000 reservations on the cool Tesla Model 3.

I myself can’t use the new Leaf much, because I don’t commute and often need to drive long distances for business. If I drove a Leaf 300 miles in a day, taking six hours, I would waste an extra 6 hours looking for rare charging stations. The trip would grow to 12 hours! I would be better off buying an old 2013 Model S with “free” supercharging, just once for half an hour on a 300 mile trip, that would make trip time grow to just 6.5 hours.

However, since autopilot arrived, I don’t want to buy an old Model S anymore. I will patiently wait to buy a Tesla Model 3.

Good reasoning, the Leaf isn’t for you!
Simple as that.
However, counting 12 hours for 300 miles is far stretch of reality around here, because we have decent DCFC.
And you have to subtract lunch or break from your time anyway.

If you still think that the Leaf is odd-looking try a new Prius/Prime/Prune or any Toyota for that matter.
In my view the Leaf has matured quite nicely.

> Nissan slips further and further behind I think this is too harsh. Nissan actually offers the longest range EV not called Tesla. The design is getting old and was never universally loved to begin with, and it has lost its clear leadership position in the sales charts. So yes, it is relatively speaking not in the position where it used to be. But that was the position of clear market leader. And it is still one of the best-selling EVs out there, with the notable exception of the important US market. In Europe, the ZOE has taken the lead, but the LEAF is still one of the top contenders. In Norway, the e-Golf tops with LEAF in second place. Even in the US, where the LEAF has suffered the greates sales decline, it is #3, beaten by Tesla’s S and X. So in other words it is STILL the most popular affordable BEV in the US. It’s not clear to me that this can be fairly described as being “behind”, nevermind slipping further and further behind. I do agree that the LEAF is dated. I would have loved to see them offer more range sooner. I wish they’d have… Read more »

“Nissan slips further and further behind. […] Time to play catch-up Nissan!”

Behind what? Catch-up to what? The next-best and somewhat better looking offering of the Kia Soul EV? Kia sold 134 in America last month. Maybe the cute Fiat 500e? That’s only being sold in California? Or the BMW i3? Which looks… um, a bit better, and sells.. uh, just over half as many.

Or maybe you mean “catch up to your expectations”. Which are…?

If you’re going to make any comparison at all to Tesla, then you might as well ask VW why they’re not making cars as good as Mercedes yet.

I think the num 1 problem with the Leaf and i3 are the funky looks which can be a large detrimite to sales…

Toyota has proved that what people want in a high sales mass market vehicle is a standard looking apliance…

Prius also has funky looks but it was sold in many millions. Battery cars are still a bit too expensive for what they provide, and sale numbers just show it. It is not Nissan’s fault, although as always there is room for improvement towards perfection.

Especially the Prius III looks much better than Leaf.

No, it really doesn’t. No harmony in the proportions, no style. If it has to be a Prius, gen. II is still the least offensive.

It might be your problem, but I would suggest that the problem is more a perception than a real problem.
Although improving range is something that will make EV more attractive, it still has sufficient range for about 60% of people.
I would myself use more range, still manage over 112 000 km with a 2012 SL Leaf.
And it was pretty easy doing it.
So it’s much doable.
Price is probably more the keyword here.
BTW, many people have found my Leaf beautiful, so I guess any taste is good taste.
This car is no jetfighter or a 7 world marvel, but it is a decent car.
It’s a car, just get over it.

Accusing the customer of being the problem and not the product is what has kept mass market EVs below one percent.

Customers don’t want to spend ~$30k on a part time car. They want it to fill 99.9% of the duties they ask of it and maybe from time to time rent something for the other .1%.

Perception is not the problem, marketing is not the problem, education is not the problem.

The problem is the product. Tesla has proven make a compelling product the other issues dissolve.

BTW Most people are nice. They tell ugly chicks they are attractive because it is rude to say different.

So Tesla solve all the problem?
No, and they won’t, because if you can pay you can get more than if you can’t.
What else is new here.
BTW, I put my deposit on a 3, but isn’t that sure it will be my next EV.
Nevertheless, people isn’t the problem, but what people think about almost anything could be a problem and this is a problem.
If you think that market only provide what people need, you’re way off the track, but it just show that your perception is.
It’s mostly base on desire, perception and status.
Look around you, in your garage, basement, backyard and count all the thing that you own that you just can’t remember the last time you use it, if you ever did.

Perception is everything and fortunately or not it can change.
Market will never provide what you wish better than what you need.
The difference between those is everyone guess.

ICE makers still think ‘quirky’ looking BEVs are cool.

While the look does grow on you (I’ve called mine a ‘pregnant bug eyed sprite’…if you don’t know what that is ask your Dad) it is not ‘sexy’.

I’m a bit disappointed in the video.. Seems like they really didn’t answer the question very well of how far you can really go.

I have to agree withe critics here. I had a 2013 Leaf and I now have a 2016 Volt. The Volt is a massive improvement. I use electric drive about 95% of the time (181 MPG currently) and those few times that I have used the ICE I have been grateful to have it.

The Leaf is good city car, but its odd styling and sparse interior undermine it even here. Ultimately, though, it is its impracticality as an all-around vehicle that keeps me from recommending it.

“Nissan actually offers the longest range EV not called Tesla”

I have the impression this prize still goes to the Kia Soul EV. True, its 30,5 kWh total battery capacity (against 30 kWh for the new Leaf) is cancelled out by its cubist design which consumes more energy at high speeds. But the thermal management system of the interior and of the battery is so much better, that in cold winters the Soul EV is the easy range winner.

Hello everyone. I stumbled across this review in my daily news feed and thought I’d throw in my 2p worth of comments. First

Hello everyone. I stumbled across this review in my daily news feed and feel the need to throw in my 2p worth of comments. First, I live in the southern US and have been driving a Leaf since they were first released in 2010. We have never ‘owned’ one or got any subsidies or tax incentives for driving a Leaf. We lease, and I highly recommend leasing as the best option for driving any electric car. Our Leaf has been our only family car since February 2015. We average 1600 miles a month in all kinds of weather conditions. Last month (June 2016) we picked up a 2016 SL model with the 30 kWh battery. Range: The first day we had the new car the temperature was 36C and the humidity made the “feels-like” temperature 39C according to radio reports. The first thing I did when I got in the car was reset the trip odometer. The second thing was turn on the air conditioning, which stayed on the rest of the day. After a day of errands and shopping, we plugged in showing an actual 97.4 miles driven. The remaining battery charge level indicated 8% and remaining estimated miles… Read more »

Ugh, I hate it when reviewers get facts wrong. How can he mess up 6.6kW charging times with 50kW charging times? 80% in 30 minutes, but that extra 20% takes an extra 3.5 hours by his explanation. Facepalm.

Also, the Leaf is the best selling EV in the world, not in Europe. Last year that was the ZOE.

Get your facts straight dude.