New Nissan Leaf Is A Big Improvement Over Its Predecessor

The 2018 Nissan Leaf faces much stiffer competition than its predecessor, but then again, it promises to be better all around.

From the new exterior design to the significantly updated cabin, the zero-emission hatchback might very well be the one that could convince a number of people to spend their money on an EV, WhatCar notes in their review.

All trim levels are nicely equipped and include a standard infotainment system with Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, sat-nav, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moreover, interior space has improved over its predecessor, but while the legroom on the rear bench is quite good for two adults, the headroom is not as good as in a VW e-Golf.

The range is one of the decisive factors when buying an EV, and in the new Leaf, this is up to 235 miles (378km) in the NEDC. However, in the real world, you’re less likely to achieve it, and when the temperatures drop, you should expect to drive it for just a little over 100 miles (161km) between charges, which is more than an e-Golf, but less than a Renault Zoe.

So, is this enough to convince you to go for an EV instead of a petrol- or diesel-powered model? Let’s see what the reviewer had to say about that.


  • Christian

    You can tell that the guy knows more than one or two Dad jokes…

  • EyalN

    i want to see him testing lotus elise

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      I DON’T want to see him test a pair of Speedos!

  • brn

    I really hope the new Leaf can be what the old Leaf what was supposed to be as we need such a vehicle, but I don’t trust the review. He started by touting the wonders of the old Leaf.

  • michael

    I think you should get the facts right about the new 2018 Leaf. It is NOT 235 miles, more like 250 km, which is 156 miles. You can’t get 235 miles from a 40kWh battery.

  • erly5

    May be a big improvement technologically, but design-wise it still lools like sh*t! Also time to clamp down on these outrageous range claims. Headline figure of 235 miles (probably if your free-wheeling downhill) but in the real world when it’s a bit cold you can expect 100 miles (and that’s probably with the heater off). Think I’ll wait another 10 years before I even contemplate taking the plunge.

  • Paul

    Nice improvement in design and it looks better that the last one too.

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