The Nissan LEAF is generally considered to be one of the very best electric cars on the market. Now in its second generation, this eco-friendly vehicle delivers a greater range than ever, as well as improved performance levels.
With its subtly futuristic appearance, the Nissan LEAF tends to attract more approving looks than the average family car. That said, this hatchback has more to offer than its appearance. For one thing, a five-door body ensures that getting in and out of the vehicle is as simple as can be for rear-seat passengers. Inside, there’s more than enough room for four full-size adults or a young family of five. A 435-litre boot is bigger than can be found in either the Volkswagen e-Golf or the Ford Focus Electric. The car features 60/40 split-folding rear seats too, which offer plenty of flexible stowage options.
The LEAF’s electric motor and battery combine to deliver 148bhp and 320Nm of torque. This allows the car to go from 0-60mph in approximately 7.7 seconds. After a full charge, the all-electric hatchback offers a 168-mile range and, naturally, it produces zero CO2 emissions. The battery can be charged via a standard three-pin mains socket, which takes between 12 and 15 hours. With a rapid charging unit, the battery can jump from 20 percent to 80 percent in approximately one hour. Thanks to its quiet engine, travelling in the LEAF makes for a delightfully serene experience.
The Nissan LEAF is as safe as it is efficient. It comes with a maximum five-star crash-test rating, as awarded by Euro NCAP, and a whole host of driver aids and passive protective features. Included as standard is ProPILOT, innovative Nissan-developed technology that allows autonomous operation of steering, accelerating and braking functions. Among other things, ProPILOT ensures that the car automatically stays in lane by using its sensors to ‘read’ traffic markings on the road.
A six-speaker sound system is included as standard, featuring DAB radio, an AM/FM tuner and an MP3-compatible CD player. AUX and USB ports are also included, as is Bluetooth connectivity that enables music streaming and hands-free mobile phone communication. Also featured is a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system, making it as simple as possible to arrive at your destination via the quickest available route.
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