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The Top Gear car review:Nissan Leaf

Overall verdict
Does most things mostly as well as a family hatch. Better and more viable now it’s British-built.


A genuinely usable and capable all-round electric car


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. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
Acenta 30kW 5dr Auto
11.5s 0g/km 109 £30,235
The cheapest
Visia Flex 5dr Auto
11.5s 0g/km 109 £21,125
The greenest
Acenta 30kW 5dr Auto
11.5s 0g/km 109 £30,235
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