First test Nissan Leaf 2018
Nissan’s all-new Leaf is set to become the UK’S most popular electric car, and it’s even being made in Sunderland. But can it really crash the motoring mainstream?
This electric car wants to convert petrolheads
For a while, it seemed that the folks who decided electric cars are the future of motoring had agreed they must all look like something out of a daytime sci-fi re-run on ITV4.
How else do you explain the painfully Tomorrow’s World vibe of the original Nissan Leaf? And yet, despite looking more like a Scalextric model than a proper car, the Leaf turned out to be a quiet success as the best-selling electric car in Britain. Stick that in your vaping pipe and smoke it, Tesla.
But with the launch of its second-gen model, Nissan has decided to do a 180 and transform the Leaf into possibly the most boring electric car yet made. And we mean that as a wholly good thing. Aside from the ‘zero emissions’ badge on its rump, you could happily step into this thing and assume it’s a Corsa or Focus. It looks like any other car, and that’s almost as revolutionary as its pricing.
Yup, the new Leaf is an electric vehicle you can easily buy for under £30k with all the usual fuel-related savings and a resale value that will actually prove substantial. It feels like exactly what Blighty has been waiting for – so we took it for a spin around the Highlands to see how it would stand up amid the winding roads, yawning potholes and reliably dour weather. The results surprised even us electric car veterans…
£22,790 / stuff.tv/leaf