Nissan Leaf Leasing
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Lease the ‘e+’ version to get a bigger battery and therefore the longest driving range.
Why Lease A Nissan Leaf?
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If you’re worried the Nissan Leaf’s batteries will take up all of its boot space, don’t be. Like most electric cars, the Leaf’s batteries are in flat packs built into the floor of the car, so there’s still plenty of room for the Leaf to offer typical 5-door hatchback practicality, with a 435-litre boot and spacious accommodation in the back seats.
On the downside, the boot lip is quite high, so you might struggle with lifting heavy cases in, but in better news you can fold down the rear seats to free up even more space for those big trips to IKEA or the council recycling centre.
Leasing a Nissan Leaf is one of the best ways to slash your motoring costs. The average home electricity tariff in the UK is 14p per kilowatt-hour (kWh); translated to plain English, that means it’ll only cost you a few pounds to charge the Leaf up at home. Yes, more modern electric cars are even more efficient than the Leaf, but it’s the difference between running a Leaf and a similar petrol-powered hatchback that’s the real eye-opener here. You also pay no road tax and escape the London Congestion Charge and any other Clean Air Zone fees you may encounter.
Leaf HatchbackOnly one body style is offered for the Nissan Leaf: a practical five-door hatchback. It should suit a wide variety of customers, except perhaps those who need a very large boot.
High Performance ModelsThere are no specifically high-performance versions of the Leaf, but like all electric cars, it’s a bit nippier than an equivalent petrol or diesel model, especially around town. Note that the e+ versions get a more powerful electric motor as well as a larger battery, so they’re about a second quicker from 0 to 60mph than the standard version.
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If you have a driveway at home and you’re leasing a Nissan Leaf, you can order a home wallbox (the Government gives a grant to help with the cost of this) that can be used to replenish the car’s battery overnight; it’ll do this faster than if you plug the car into a 3-pin domestic socket. If you’re doing a long journey, there are plenty of rapid charging points in convenient locations across most of the UK – but note that recharging this way is a good deal more expensive than using domestic electricity, so only do it when you really need to.
Yes. Like all electric cars, the Nissan Leaf has much fewer moving parts than a typical petrol or diesel-engined car, so there’s much less that can go wrong. Leafs have been used as taxis and private-hire cars for 100,000 miles or more without any major issues cropping up or any serious degradation of their battery capacity.
There’s no cause for concern here. All electric cars have built-in technology that protects the battery from the damaging effects of changing too much or too quickly. It is recommended that you let the battery drop to about 10- or 20% capacity most of the time before recharging, however, rather than constantly topping up from 80- or 90% to full. And if something goes badly wrong with the battery, it’s guaranteed for up to 8 years.
The Nissan Leaf is offered in Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna, e+ N-Connecta and e+ Tekna trim levels. The ‘e+’ in the latter 2 names indicates these have a larger battery and more powerful electric motor, and so are both faster and have a longer driving range than the standard Leaf.
The basic Nissan Leaf Acenta has a rear-view camera but no parking sensors. If you want sensors, you should lease a Nissan Leaf in N-Connecta trim, which, as well as basic parking sensors, has something called an ‘Around View Monitor’ that gives you a top-down view of the car while parking and can prevent you bumping into any nearby objects inadvertently. Handy!
The Nissan Leaf makes for a very practical family hatchback. It has a 435-litre boot, which is bigger than those of many equivalent petrol or diesel-engined cars. The layout of the batteries also means there’s more space inside for both front and rear passengers than you might expect, so taller occupants will be more comfortable.
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