30 Replies to “2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh Review”

  1. Skyeisle

    Lesbian hippy pram, no my master does not want to save the planet, he doesn't want to conserve energy he'd rather walk, he loves wasting petrol that's why he drives a nice thirsty V8 range rover instead of poncing about plugging in a spaz wagon at night

  2. Pining for the fjords

    Great review. Just a question. Are the 3.3kwh and 6.6kwh rates a feature of the car, the cable or both? And do you need a fast charger for the 6.6kwh? What's the relationship between the 3.3kwh/6.6kwh options and the standard/fast charger options?
    I hope I've made the question(s) understandable.

  3. urbex2007

    Learn your script. Don't keep saying Ermmmm. People stop watching and vote down. I also run uBlockOrigin to stop people with awful content from being paid when they try to show ads.

  4. Tomasz Pirowski

    For me only problem is still range anxiety. Even if you use Leaf with leafbox (range extender) and 30 kWh battery, you can drive 220 km or so. This is far to short range comparing to any Tesla (ANY!) and Bolt/Ampera-E or new ZOE.
    Nissan should focus on changing batteries to 40 and 60 as standard, not 24 and 30. Otherwise – it will soon disappear from market.

  5. John Puccetti

    Here is a thought getting off fossil fuels and having cleaner air especially in cities is the goal. So Paris is banning Diesels in 2020 with that said why are people worried about mileage range. The Prius Prime will give you 25 miles electric combine that with solar panels on your home. We could have clean air in cities!

  6. Astro Gremlin

    Nice video but it appears to be reversed throughout. The steering wheel is on the wrong side and Spence is driving on the wrong side of the road! I kid because I love. Thanks for the footage!

  7. Christian Koncz

    The Opel Ampera-e and the Tesla model iii will make this car obsolete in a few months. Great effort by Nissan, but those cars will come with battery packs that have twice the capacity and a lot more power. The Opel has already been rated by the EPA at 237 miles of range or 380 kms. That is in real world use, the unrealistic nedc figure will probably exceed 300 miles or 500 kms. So, if you can get a car with twice the range and a lot more power for about the same price as the leaf, who's going to buy this one? As for my usage, I would probably use a car like these for a 160 km – 100 mile round trip commute driving at a steady 140 kph on the motorway. The Nissan leaf would not be able to make it, whereas the other two certainly would. Nissan needs to come out with a50- 60 kwh Leaf fairly quickly or they'll lose their market-leading position by early next year.

  8. Andrew Hockings

    Thanks. Great review. Oh apart from the bit where I had the volume way up to hear you inside the car and then had my ears blown off when you were outside!! : ) Petrol won't go up again now. It's the end of the road for oil as far as road transport is concerned. We will be at 2% Plug-in UK sales this year (2016) and I reckon 20% or more by 2020. Sounds crazy but you just wait. Over the next 3-4 years rapid chargers will spring up everywhere and I mean everywhere. You are spot on about 200-250 miles and 20 grand. That's coming in the next two years. The only thing stopping me is the range as I regularly do 110 miles in one journey. The 60kWh Leaf that's coming will solve this. There is going to be a massive paradigm shift to electric and only a few have seen it coming. Hold on tight, it's going to be mental.

  9. Joe Baguley

    Great little review, nicely put for a complete EV novice – we need more like this to encourage petrol and diesel drivers to switch. Everyone who rides in my wife's Leaf talks about how quiet, smooth and quick it is – they are all genuinely surprised!

    Small note regarding units used though –

    You charge at up to 50kW, not 50kWh on an EcoTricity rapid.
    The orange cable you showed in the boot is for charging between 3.3kW and 6.6kW depending on charge point and charger fitted in the car, not kWh.

    Simply put, kW is a rate of charge, kWh is an amount of charge – units matter 😉

    Pedantic I know, sorry… 😉

  10. Andy Casbo

    the battery should be 42kwh. then we talk. How about electric cars world with a roof rack with extra 12 kwh battery pack ? if you do not need you take off and use inside the house, charged by solar panels

  11. 1100HondaCB

    I mainly do short journeys so this Leaf would be ideal for me. Use it for a few day and charge it up over night and then use it again for a few days for local trips. I only do about 7 miles a day to my place of work and back which is why I use a 125cc Honda motorbike that does well over 100mpg. So a car like this would suit me fine.

  12. Aleksandrs Grandeko

    good review. I tried to drive it and I totally like Leaf. Too bads it is still not so good for such price, I rather pick Nissan X Trail which consumes only 5.6 litres of diesel every 100 km and it is still cheaper even if you pick the most expensive diesel engine + AT + 4*4 + Tekna. It is just bigger, more comfortable, safety illusion + also pussy magnet. Leaf is weak as pussy magnet compared to any Tesla. But still, it is great second car for family living in a city for city/suburban drive. Not intercity.

    I guess in 5 – 10 years EVs finally will get better than fueled cars. It is just better driving experience with less noise, smoke, awesome acceleration feeling with no gears switching, so it is smooth like riding a train or tram, or trolleybus which also gives you more enjoyable ride compared to bus.

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