Bjorn Test Drives 2018 Nissan LEAF – Video

7 days ago by Mark Kane 30

Bjørn Nyland was among those who  recently tested the 2018 Nisan LEAF in Tenerife and here we present his first video from the highway and mountain route.

2018 Nissan LEAF

According to Bjørn Nyland, the new LEAF exceeds expectations.

The acceleration is very good, even at higher speeds, says Nyland who likens it to the acceleration of the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV, but without the instant Tesla surge.

LEAF is amazingly quiet too.

One of the best features in the new LEAF is e-Pedal for one-pedal driving. It decelerates more strongly than in B, is able to hold on a slope and, according to Nyland, is just very handy.

ProPilot on the highway works fine too and he notes it’s smooth at higher speeds.

Overall driving experience is improved and the ride is firmer than the previous generation LEAF.

“My first test drive in Nissan Leaf 40 kWh. Unfortunately, we had limited time with the car during the Nissan event in Tenerife. I will do more tests and review in Norway.”

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30 responses to "Bjorn Test Drives 2018 Nissan LEAF – Video"

  1. JOHN says:

    NICE CAR ,it look so pretty good

  2. John says:

    The best EV currently hands down.

    1. scott says:

      No. The Chevy Bolt is the current best overall EV.

  3. Ct200h says:

    Great more features we can’t get in the USA.

    Proper pro pilot , which is totally muted when sold here.
    Heads up display?or is that just a camera trick he is using ?

    1. Mint says:

      That was just edited in from another camera.

      What do you mean muted ProPilot? I didn’t know that. Motor Trend was saying it’s slightly better than AutoPilot at the moment.

      I hope mine isn’t gimped in Canada.

      1. Ct200h says:

        Leaf has several features and capabilities in its home market that are missing from us models
        Pro pilot is way better on leaf sold in Japan

        1. John Ray says:

          And you know this how? As far as I’ve read, the only feature missing is the self-parking.

    2. Astros says:

      I test drove the new Leaf last fall in Seattle, and the only feature missing from ProPilot in the U.S. version is AutoPark. The adaptive cruise control works even on city streets, and lane keeping worked very smoothly on the freeway and off-ramps. What other features were you looking for?

  4. John says:

    One of the best features is that it won’t fall apart. It also has proper door handles and gauges unlike some new weird mobiles..

    1. Stimpacker says:

      No, it just has a battery that degrades fast and the battery temp goes to red with just one DCFC session in summer.

      Other than that, I like it. Will probably get one.

      1. William says:

        “A battery that degrades fast”, but with an eight year / 100k mile battery warranty to maintain at least 70% of new battery capacity. I will take a 30% or less degrading battery over 96 months/ 100k mi. at these prices and availability, any day. Same as GM Bolt battery capacity warranty if I’m not mistaken.

        1. terminaltrip421 says:

          70% might sound like a nice number but going from 150 mile range to 105 or losing nearly 1/3 seems fairly significant, especially given its already only-moderate range. this all with it being 6/7ths the price of a Bolt or the theoretical base Model 3

          1. Mint says:

            6/7ths is true in a world with a base Model 3 and no subsidies.

            But by the time the base Model 3 is available to people not on the wait list (2019?), Nissan dealers will offer a discount, and in the US, the tax credit will run out for Tesla.

            But even going apples-to-apples, assuming $10k total incentives for both, in California you’re looking at $20k vs $26k + taxes for a non-black base model, so the Tesla is ~30% more.

            Elsewhere, it could also be a bigger difference. I’m getting a Leaf SV (with ProPilot) in Canada for C$40k. Add PDI and tax, minus $14k incentive, and it’s C$33k net. A non-black Model 3 with Autopilot is minimum C$52k MSRP, or $46k net, and as of now doesn’t even have heated seats!

            So that’s 40% more out the door before considering future Leaf discounts.

            For the future 60kWh Leaf you definitely have a point. Yes, it’ll have a TMS, but without a price advantage, why get a Leaf instead of a Model 3? Only if you hate sedans, and in 2020, it’ll have the Y to compete against. It was smart for Nissan to cut Leaf costs and get the **** out of the way of the Model 3 freight train, and at least have the best EV for people that don’t want to spend Tesla money.

  5. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    The more I see it the better it seems to look.

  6. Someone out there says:

    It looks like a really nice ride. Nissan seems to have done a great job with this one.

  7. georgeS says:

    If he likes pro pilot that says something.
    He has a high$ Model X.

  8. JyChevyVolt says:

    The new Leaf is what Model 3 should have been. Add Tesla’s battery and supercharger network, the New Leaf is the perfect EV.

    1. philip d says:

      And the Model 3’s performance. And the option for dual motors. That’s quite a list of extra things the Leaf needs in order to be the perfect EV.

      One could say the same for the Model 3. It’s the perfect EV. If it just had a slightly lower price and hatch like the Leaf.

      1. JyChevyVolt says:

        Those options are unnecessary. Tells should have come out with an affordable Leaf like EV. The difference between the 3 and S/X is too small.

        The S/X should have all the cool technology and the 3 should have been affordable with hand me down technology.

        My2018 Leaf will come to California soon. ProPilot and one pedal driving is perfect for Californians. 80% of EVs are leased, making battery degradation irrelevant.

        1. South Waves says:

          +1 the New Leaf is a great looking car with good build quality, ergonomics, tech and a hatch. Nissan really went over expectations. They will have the longer range version in some 6 months, but my guess is that the 40KwH will outsell the 60kwh version.

      2. Someone out there says:

        There’s no need for race car performance. I’d rather have acceptable performance for a lower price.

        1. reader says:

          Exactly. Electric is already responsive and nice drive already, spinning wheels for what ?

    2. Robb Stark says:

      The market will show which EV is closer to perfect.

      Model 3 will lap LEAF in sales.

      ProPilot can’t change lanes for you. It is dumb, it is based on a decision tree. ProPilot is not a narrow AI that learns to drive.

    3. arne-nl says:

      Please no, let there be variation.

  9. Nix says:

    That road is much steeper in person than it appears in video. It doesn’t do it justice.

  10. James says:

    MUCH better styling than the original Leaf. Give me a 60kW battery and I’ll take it more seriously.

    1. Clive says:

      I think they over styled the heck out of it.

  11. John Doe says:

    I’m just a bit surpriced that they’ve not started to sell them, as they are built.
    They are building stock of Leafs, and I don’t see a reason for doing that.
    What am I missing? Do they want a nation wide sales start, and have a lot of vehicles to show?
    Are they working of the waiting lists orders, so they will have a flying start statistically by delivering a lot in a shot time?

  12. EVShopper says:

    I’ll likely test drive one, but I’m still preferring the Bolt at this point.

  13. Djoni says:

    Love it! This car is a good buy no contest.

    Love the cyclist going up and down there.
    I wish we have the same smooooooooth road over here.

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