Nissan Leaf FULL REVIEW 30 kWh 250 km battery upgrade test driven electric car

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34 Replies to “Nissan Leaf FULL REVIEW 30 kWh 250 km battery upgrade test driven electric car”

  1. Digital- eXPeriance

    ich kann es ja verstehen, warum Sie die Videos auf Englisch machen. Aber bitte arbeiten Sie doch an Ihrem Vokabular und an Ihrer Aussprache. Diese sind manchmal schmerzhaft und falsch. Da mögen die Themen noch so interessant sein, anhören kann man sich dies nur schwer. Schöner wäre es aber wenn Sie hier ein wenig Arbeit reinstecken könnten. Und Untertitel gibt es auch nicht. Dies wäre ja vielleicht noch zu ertragen. Vielleicht stellen Sie diese noch ein?

  2. mBabe

    Thanks for the review.

    Does the car have an internal meter that can show how many units of home electricity have been taken to charge the car? (This is useful if you're stuck somewhere and need to charge from a hotel or from someone's house so that you know what to pay them).

  3. Max Tp

    The problem with this car is that it is ugly as hell. Thats why it's never gonna reach top end selling numbers. I mean, it's almost as ugly as an i3
    Couldn't they have made a good looking car?

  4. Andrew Wilkinson

    Excellent review. I agree, the car fell out of the ugly tree and hit all the branches on the way down. Let's hope the 2nd generation leaf is a swan. I will buy one though when the second hand prices are lower. The 24kwh is not quite enough for my needs but the 30 will be ok for me.

  5. Nigel W

    Firstly, I should say that I'm not a huge Greenie or anything; I'm not even convinced by climate change theory. However, the toxicity of the air in many of our cities is worrying. And I am convinced of the particularly harmful nature of diesel-particulate pollution, even though the progress of diesel technology has been amazing and by the worrying fact that we have been encouraged to embrace diesel cars and now diesel cars are being demonized. Something is not right!

    Anyway, back to cars like the Nissan Leaf. With regards this car in particular, I know it's a so-called 'marmite' car but it is different looking, and that's not a bad thing. For me, personally, I like so-called bug-eye-design cars, and I think the looks have grown on me, both front and rear. The leaf is also a good-sized car, which can easily accommodate an average family, unlike most of the cheaper e-cars.

    Range and working infrastructure for longer journeys are still significant problems. The basic version of this car has only a 170-ish km range!

    However, as many families these days have two cars, there is really no good reason for most families not to own one e-car…unless of course both drivers have longer commutes. The range is clearly enough for city driving. And the economic case is also easily made. These cars are available used, 5-6 years old with low mileages for less than a third of their new prices,many with batteries that are owned not leased and still with full or near-full charging capacities. And when you need to replace the battery, the cost (in the UK) is about GBP4K less 1K back for your old battery. Let's say a battery only lasts 5 years, which is the warranty for the lower capacity version, that's still less than GBP12/Euro14 per week and as I understand it, each charge from near empty costs about GBP2/E2.4, and of course is also free of road tax (in the UK at least). Add to that the other maintenance savings for not running a combustion-engine vehicle, and I think the case for buying one of these used as the second family car is pretty well made.

    Furthermore, as a supercar fan, most owners, living in countries with speed limits, talk about the rush of speed, torque, etc, in regular driving; okay, they also talk about the sound and the handling. But,you get massive torque, and often more of it, from many more ordinary diesel cars. Of course, there's being so low to the ground, the thrill of owning such iconic cars. However, electric delivers similar exhilaration in city driving.

    In conclusion, I think the e-car has still got a long way to go until it can rival the internal combustion engine car for long journeys and performance driving. People are still buying the established supercar brands rather than flocking to Tesla, and let's face it, an e-car is never going to make the sound of a Ferrari V12. Also, travelling salespeople are still not going to be driving an e-vehicle anytime soon, nor haulage drivers, etc,etc,etc. However, for city driving, I think the time is already here! And I'm seriously considering on of these as a runaround. It will also offset somewhat my petrol- or diesel-guzzling when I travel longer distances and/or for simply the pleasure of driving in something the opposite of eco-friendly.

    As always, your mileage may vary.

  6. 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.


    I am not a rich guy that can spend 100 K on a Tesla. Nor I own a house so I can plug in this car every night. I have no other option but to stick this dirty, outdated technology for the next decade. Call me when you can charge one of these cars in 5 minutes at the station, have a range of 400 KM per charge and they will cost the same as today's entry level petrol car. Then I will switch to full electric vehicle. In the meantime I will go either with an mid range hybrid like the fucking ugly Toyotas Auris/Yaris or a fuel efficient petrol engine. Thank you for forcing me to pollute the environment.

  8. 松田もしくろす

    Schönen tag. Thomas, you are too kind. When the specs first came out I had my money on the I-Miev, but after a few years the heavy, ugly, Leaf has come out ahead. From the bug eyes in the front, to its twerky rear end, the Leaf is as digestible as cardboard. Luckily, its performance has kept it alive. What is needed now is a makeover. If the Leaf could go on a diet and shed a few pounds, put on a little lipstick, and gussy down that coefficient of drag, It could become more interesting (to me.) I disagree with those people who want a whole new design every year. The advantage of keeping cars similar, year after year, is that if ever you decide to buy one, you can be certain to be able to get used parts. Old Leafs sell for less than half of their original price. Probably because their owners dumped them before the battery needed replacement. In addition, the R&D probably cost Nissan some Yen, and they want to recoup some of that to be able to rationalize a more adventurous version. What would get more people into electric cars is the price. If the price is low people will think, "should I take the risk?" But when the price is cheaper for a gas car people think, "I like the price, and I am not taking a chance, I am not gambling." Nice review. Please do a review on my favorite truck, the Mercedes UniMog. Wouldn't it be great if the UniMog came out with an electric version?

  9. phatcowboy76

    The solar panel on the Leaf is not for the main battery. It only charges the small auxiliary 12V battery for some of the smaller loads. It has nothing to do at all with the efficiency or range of the car as it doesn't charge the main 250V 30 kWh battery. I liked the review but just had to correct the minor misconception.

  10. Astro Gremlin

    I enjoyed your video very much! I hear many complaining about the style of the Nissan Leaf. The Volkswagon, much beloved by Americans, did not change for many, many years. The iconic shape of the air-cooled, mechanical marvel is still loved. Nissan has arrived at an aerodynamic shape. I predict it will be loved as well. Your accent and mastery of English is a very pleasing addition to the presentation. Thank you!

  11. Chew Chew Train

    Very detailed review. VERY German-like. Love it! Especially like how you comment on their design aesthetics, too.

    Strange how moving that center console knob forward to go backwards and move the know backwards to go forward. Not intuitive user interface.

  12. Simon King

    I really want to get an electric car to save money but my god!…why are they all so ugly!It looks like a car my grandmother would drive.Why can't they make it look like a Fabia/golf or swift.I would rather spend money on fuel then if someone saw me driving this ugly thing!

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