Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

On the very day they de­liv­ered the Nis­san Leaf, the petrol price sud­denly in­flated by, like, 1 000 per cent.The Nis­san Leaf is elec­tric. That’s it. Re­view done. This is prob­a­bly all you need to know. But if you feel you need more salient ar­gu­ments, here they are… RO­BOT FLIRTABILITY 7/10 Okay, so it looks a bit like a frog perched on the above-men­tioned leaf. But a very charm­ing frog with gog­gly eyes that bat only for you.The fact that the Leaf is ab­so­lutely silent may be un­nerv­ing for your aver­age punter, hell, it’s un­nerv­ing for me – have I ac­tu­ally switched it on? But be­cause it is heav­ily branded as an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, you get a lot of in­quis­i­tive en­gage­ment and that is not to be sneezed at.And it re­ally is fun to stealth cruise. Just say­ing. DE­SIGN KU­DOS 9/10 It is elec­tric – I just love that. I am very bi­ased. There, I have said it.The tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess of the whole thing im­presses me tremen­dously. But the Leaf is also the ben­e­fi­ciary of some Nis­san bells and whis­tles. So, think su­per-lux­u­ri­ous trim­mings – a lit­tle pop-up screen that shows your rear ac­tiv­ity, and a lot of roomy room in this eco-charmer. IM­PACT ONY­OUR POCKET 7/10 Look, the ini­tial buy-in is pricey.The whole pack­age will set you back about R450 000, but, no more petrol shocks for you! They come and in­stall an elec­tric­ity pump at home and, if you hook it up to your so­lar pan­els, then you are en­tirely off the grid. Each charge sets you up to go for about 150 kilo­me­tres. So this is very much a city run-around, but Nis­san is col­lab­o­rat­ing with other man­u­fac­tur­ers to place charge points at Gau­train sta­tions and other key points, so that you can take your Leaf fur­ther afield. Watch this space – it is a happy place.

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