The range-topping version of Nissan’s popular electric compact hatchback, the 2019 Nissan Leaf e+, is now available in the United Kingdom in the Tekna grade, priced from £35,895 ($45,570/€40,379) (including the £3,500 ($4,443/€3,937) Government Grant).
The biggest change compared to the lineup is the larger battery, which has a 62 kWh capacity.
The lithium-ion pack provides a WLTP-rated range of up to 385 km (239 miles) and can be fully charged from a 6.6 kW, 32A wall box in 11.3 hours. From 20 to 80 percent, it needs about one and a half hours, using the 50 kW rapid charger.
The addition of a bigger battery has allowed Nissan’s engineers to upgrade the electric motor too. Thus, the Leaf e+ now has a total output of 214 HP (217 PS / 160 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque and the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration is very decent for an electric car in this price range, taking just 6.9 seconds, while top speed is 158 km/h (98 mph). Thanks to clever packaging, boot space is actually better than what you’d get in a five-door Golf, at 405 liters versus to the VW’s 380 (14.3 vs 13.4 cu-ft).
Like all new Leafs, the e+ gets the NissanConnect infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen display as standard. Users will enjoy Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, upgraded navigation systems, in-built Online Map Update and Chargers Location functionality. They will also be able to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior, as well as send navigation routes to the vehicle, using the dedicated app. The app can also be used to see whether the Leaf e+ is still plugged to the charging port and check out an analysis on trips and driving styles.
Another standard feature is the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving. The ‘hand-on, eyes-on system’ allows the car to control the throttle, braking and steering on its own in certain conditions such as congested traffic and high-speed highway cruising.