Review: Nissan Leaf 2021


Review: Nissan Leaf 2021

It might be a quirky looking car, but the contract hire Nissan Leaf is a great battery-powered family vehicle.

And the latest version for 2021 has improved driving range and offers value for money - and the car leasing deals for the Leaf should really be checked out before investing in one.

The Nissan Leaf has been a stalwart in the electric vehicle market, though it's up against stiff competition nowadays with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Hyundai Ioniq.

However, the latest Leaf is still a well-made family hatchback with some good design ideas and it's an easy car to live with.

And, let's be honest, there will be some family car drivers who will be reluctant to switch to an EV but the Nissan Leaf is a serious rival to the likes of the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf.

Nissan Leaf car lease

With a WLTP range of 168 miles, the Nissan Leaf car lease offers a battery-powered solution for most commuters.

Opt for the Leaf e+ and the battery range is an impressive 239 miles.

Also, the Leaf's battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in just 40 minutes.

Using a wallbox at home, will see a recharging time of 7.5 hours.

The battery in the Leaf e+, it is a 62kWh offering, will take 30 minutes to reach its capacity and then 11.5 hours to achieve a full charge using a wallbox.

Nissan Leaf as a contract hire choice

One of the big attractions of the Nissan Leaf as a contract hire choice is for its performance levels.

The motor produces 214bhp and with no gear changes, the power is available instantly.

This sees a silent and rapid progress from a standing start to make the Leaf an enjoyable car to drive. The 0 to 62 mph time is 7.9 seconds.

Drivers will get quickly used to the e-Pedal - especially since most rivals have adopted something similar.

The Leaf also uses Nissan's ProPilot technology to deliver autonomous driving in the range-topping Tekna trim - but it can be optioned.

Leaf is a rewarding car to drive

Out on the road, the Nissan Leaf is a rewarding car to drive - it's also very comfortable and the cabin is quiet.

The steering delivers good feedback, and the car is an ideal choice for those who mostly drive around town, though the motorway handling impresses too.

Also, company car drivers will enjoy the fact that the Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating for the Nissan Leaf is zero.

That makes it cheaper to run than any diesel or petrol equivalents.

Full marks from Euro NCAP

The Leaf is also a safe car to own and drive, it has full marks from Euro NCAP for its crash safety testing and there's plenty of technology onboard too.

The safety kit includes cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and intelligent emergency braking.

The latest model is also larger than the previous Leaf, and it larger than the Focus.

That means there's plenty of space for tall adults and their luggage and the boot size is a useful 435 litres.

Interior has been well-designed

The interior has been well-designed and well put together, with some hard-wearing plastics in parts to help with the rugged family use that the Leaf will endure.

The instrument cluster is clear and easy-to-use and there's a decent list of equipment.

Standard kit for the all-electric Leaf includes cruise control, automatic air conditioning, LED daytime running lights and electric windows.

The Leaf also has a 7-inch touchscreen and a satnav system with an 8-inch display. The infotainment system is also smartphone compatible.

N-Connecta get larger alloy wheels

The mid-trim, the N-Connecta get larger alloy wheels, part-leather seats, electric mirrors, privacy glass and parking sensors.

The range-topper adds leather seats, a heated steering wheel and seats, an upmarket audio system and an electronic parking brake.

The options list is fairly lengthy, and drivers can option the ProPilot system and metallic paint.

Nissan Leaf offers an excellent car leasing opportunity

Essentially, the Nissan Leaf offers an excellent car leasing opportunity and it's a great car to drive - and an impressive way to access the world of EV's with a decent driving range, a nicely designed interior and eye-catching exterior.


Lease the Nissan Leaf

If you would like to lease the Nissan Leaf, then check out the Tilsun Leasing offers for our low price electric car leasing deals, or the Leaf model range for business and personal contract hire options. The Nissan website has more information on the Leaf.

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