Nissan LEAF Versus Renault ZOE & VW e-Golf – Which EV Wins?

APR 29 2018 BY MARK KANE 14

Three all-electric cars – Nissan LEAF, Volkswagen e-Golf and Renault ZOE – were tested and compared in the UK to figure out which is the best for under £30,000.

All three were recently updated from its original predecessor.

Related – 2018 Nissan LEAF 40 kWh Range Test – Video

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

The Nissan LEAF is now in its second generation with a 40 kWh battery and 110 kW electric motor, while the previous generation was 24 and 30 kWh version with an 80 kW motor.

The Renault ZOE received a 41 kWh battery (and soon also the 80 kW R110 electric motor) – much more than its 22 kWh battery pack several years ago.

Also, the Volkswagen e-Golf is offered with a bigger 35.8 kWh battery (instead of 24.2 kWh) and a 100 kW electric motor instead of 85 kW.

There was many more changes and upgrades, but which of the three is the best, according to Autocar’s test drive?

Well, the winner is 2018 Nissan LEAF because it’s a decent all-around car, with longer range (151 miles / 243 km EPA). The Volkswagen e-Golf received higher ratings for interior, exterior and driving experience, but its higher price and lower range prevented it from beating the LEAF. Third place was taken by Renault ZOE, which is the smallest of the three with one big advantage – the convenience of driving and parking in the city.

Renault ZOE

1st – Added range, refinement and abundant charging infrastructure propel the new Leaf to the top of the ‘affordable EV’ rankings

2nd – Still a wonderfully well-rounded product, and boasts an interior of class-leading quality. Needs to go further on a full charge, though

3rd – Likeable, capable and, although a bit out of its depth next to larger electric rivals, it arguably beats them for city driving”

A little more info on the LEAF vs e-Golf:

“Time is short and so next up is the £28,230 e-Golf. No question, outwardly it’s the most desirable of the three and, not to unduly do the Zoe down, it’s also the car the Leaf really needs to beat. The LED tusks in the front bumper are quite a statement, but otherwise it’s just a Golf, and as such is a uniquely approachable yet aspirational device. While Nissan has taken some strides forward in the tangible quality of the Leaf, once inside it’s clear the German car remains in another league of solidity and polish.”

“Is the eagerly anticipated second-gen Leaf the finest EV here today? It isn’t, in truth, because the e-Golf remains the more neatly resolved package: better to look at, better to drive, better to be in. But the Nissan isn’t so far behind, and has a tyre on the VW’s jugular in the form of greater range.”

Source: Autocar

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14 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Versus Renault ZOE & VW e-Golf – Which EV Wins?"

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If you look at the sales, Leaf and Zoe are way ahead on top. Soon eGolf will be phased out when ID launches.
eGolf is just a compliance car.

That’s actually really too bad, because it is a great car. We love ours. We have a LEAF also, an old one, and there simply no comparison when it comes to materials, build quality, handling, and fun!

Not bad at all since the ID that replaces it is supposed to be thousands cheaper and have 100 miles more range in the same physical size car…
All the other stuff you mentioned should be there too…

Another Euro point of view

“All the other stuff you mentioned should be there too…” Hopefully, I note that at VW (and I have VW products since the 90s) due to cost cutting each generation is a little less solidly built that the previous ones (valid for all VW brands that is Audi, VW, Skoda etc.) now I guess it is the same with all car manufacturers.

I would never call the e-golf a compliance car. And its world wide sales and investment costs demonstrate this

If it’s not sold in Pennsylvania, it’s a compliance car.

Don’t people in Pennsylvania drive those buggies with horses?

Yes, and they are not compliance buggies, since they are sold in PA.

Does a horse count as a fuel cell?

The folks who do don’t spend a lot of time on the internet.

LOL @ compliance car…
The eGolf is over 1% of VWs sales in the US since VW actually sells very small amounts of autos in the US…
In the EU the eGolf is the 4th best selling BEV and has more sales so far this year than the Tesla model S or model X…
In China the eGolf is going to enter production later this year or early next year…
The eGolf will be phased out though…

Don’t trust VW !

As the comments under the Autocar article show, a lot of people in the UK think that Autocar has form here for always finding VW is best wherever it can. So statements like “more resolved package: better to look at, better to drive, better to be in” need to be taken with a degree of scepticism.

As far as I’m concerned, whichever one is sold in Pennsylvania is the winner.