Nissan Leaf variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £19,999. Borrowing £15,999 with a £4,000 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£257.72
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£26,624.57
Cost of credit
£6,625.57
Optional final payment
£10,254.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Nissan Leaf buying guide

What Nissan Leaf trim levels are there?

Acenta is the first trim for the Leaf, and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen with DAB radio, and lots of active safety features including adaptive cruise control, intelligent emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance.

Next up is N-Connecta, with automatic air conditioning, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, 17-inch wheels and front and rear parking sensors. Top-spec Tekna adds a Bose sound system, part-leather and suede seats, and LED headlights.

Nissan Leaf interior and technology

Inside the current Nissan Leaf, it’s a lot more conventional than the deliberately unusual first-generation car. Rather than chasing a minimalist, super-modern look, Nissan has focused on usability, with lots of proper buttons and even shortcut keys for the touchscreen. There are subtle blue accents to remind you that it’s an electric car, like on some of the stitching and the ring around the gear selector.

The touchscreen is fine to use, but smartphone fanatics might prefer to connect to the standard-fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All cars get a semi-digital instrument cluster as well.

Nissan Leaf range explained

(Most popular) Nissan Leaf 40kWh

Providing a range of up to 168 miles, the 40kWh Nissan Leaf doesn’t have the best range of modern EVs but it will be more than enough if you don’t do many long journeys or are planning to have the Leaf as a second car. A public fast-charger will top up the battery to 80% in under an hour, while a home wallbox takes around 6.5 hours to fully recharge the battery.

Its acceleration is decently perky, with 0-62mph taking under eight seconds.

Nissan Leaf e+ 62kWh

If you think that range anxiety will be an issue in the 40kWh Leaf, hunt out an e+ version. Its larger 62kWh battery enables up to 239 miles between charges, giving a little extra flexibility over the standard-range car. Recharging from home takes a bit longer, although if you plug it in in the evening it’ll be fully recharged by the time you’ve had breakfast. The Leaf e+ is also a second quicker from 0-62mph.

Your Nissan Leaf questions answered

This is the latest version of the Nissan Leaf, which was introduced in 2017. All Leafs are five-door hatchbacks and all are fully electric, with a charging port above the ‘grille’ on the front end. There are two battery sizes and three trim levels, although the larger battery is only offered on the top two trims.

The Nissan Leaf is a whisker under 4.5 metres long. It’s only about 10cm longer than a Ford Focus, so parking it shouldn’t be a problem – especially as a reversing camera comes as standard. The batteries are stashed underneath the rear seats, freeing up space to fit adults in the back.

That extra length compared to a Focus also means the boot is bigger. You get a 435-litre boot in the Leaf, which is 60 litres more than a Focus and about as much as the Peugeot e-2008 SUV.

There are two powertrain options for the Nissan Leaf. The first has a smaller battery and a less powerful electric motor, while the Leaf e+ model ups the size of both the battery and electric motor, giving it a longer range and better performance. But for many drivers, the standard-range version should be plenty, as it will only need to be charged up every few days or topped up overnight.

Some aspects of the Nissan Leaf feel a little dated when compared to newer electric cars but, in isolation, the Leaf still stands up as a good car. Its range should be plenty for a few days’ commutes to and from work, it offers a smooth and quiet drive, and comes with a good selection of standard equipment. Given it’s often one of the cheapest used electric cars you can buy, the Leaf is an excellent choice if you want to try out electric driving or want a zero-emission second car.

No, a Nissan Leaf isn’t rated to tow at all, because a trailer could overwhelm the car’s motor and brakes. And you’ll need to be careful if you need to put anything on the roof, as the roof weight limit is 35kg.

Yes you can fast-charge a Nissan Leaf – it uses a CHAdeMO connector and has a 50kW charging capacity, which is enough for a 20-80% charge in an hour. Read our guide to electric car charger types for more information.