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The Top Gear car review:Nissan Leaf
For:A genuinely usable and capable all-round electric car
Against:Price, range, tripping over extension cables
What is it?
The first credible, fully electric family car. The Leaf is rare among all-electric cars firstly because it’s pretty good and secondly because it was designed to run on batteries from scratch, where most other mass-market electric cars have been adapted from internal-combustion-engined models. That makes the Nissan better placed to tackle the task in hand. Even better, it’s now being built here in the UK – and Nissan has used this opportunity to introduce a series of running changes too. The range is up, the handling is better and it’s generally easier to use. More recently, it’d also added a bigger 30kWh battery option to the range.