Used Nissan Leaf (Mk1, 2011-2018) review - What do owners think?
The Nissan Leaf was a strong performer in our 2019 Driver Power survey
For such an early EV, a 44th place (out of 100) in our 2019 Driver Power used car survey was a good result. The high spots were the Leaf’s acceleration, refinement, running costs and reliability. But owners disliked the design, interior quality and much of the driving experience, including the handling.
With fewer moving parts under the bonnet than a traditional ICE car, an EV promises to be even more reliable, and evidence from owners suggests that this has proved to be true. Faults are few and far between and if the Nissan does let you down it’s likely to be as a result of a flat battery rather than a mechanical breakdown.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe pioneering Nissan Leaf brings EV motoring to the masses, although this early electric adopter isn't without its flaws
- 2How much will it cost?It’s doesn’t cost as much to buy as rivals, plus the Nissan will cost peanuts to run
- 3How practical is it?Surprisingly spacious and packed with kit, the Nissan is every bit as practical and usable as conventional family cars
- 4What's it like to drive?Zippy acceleration, excellent refinement and a comfortable ride make the Leaf a relaxing partner. It’s not much fun though
- 5What should you look out for?As a pioneering EV, the Leaf featured a number of quirks that you’ll need to be aware of, particularly if you’re coming from an ICE car
- 6What do owners think? - currently readingThe Nissan Leaf was a strong performer in our 2019 Driver Power survey