Nis­san Leaf

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MONTH 3 By Jake Groves

LET’S TALK ABOUT the Leaf’s boot. It mea­sures 435 litres, which is big­ger than the likes of the Re­nault Zoe, VW e-Golf and Kia Soul EV. There are quite a few com­pro­mises to get that space, though; while there are handy bags for your charg­ing ca­bles and lit­tle nets to slot the bags in at the sides, the ac­tual open­ing is re­ally weirdly shaped – al­most like a teardrop. My col­league James Tay­lor, who bor­rowed the Leaf to drive to a gui­tar les­son, had a strug­gle get­ting his in­stru­ment to squeeze in, bat­tling the pin­cer move­ment of the high load lip, the big Bose au­dio unit screwed to the boot ‘loor and rear seat­backs that don’t quite fold ‘lat. I ap­pre­ci­ate

nd that mak­ing an EV comes with com­pro­mises, but when one is built from the ground up like our Nis­san, surely prac­ti­cal­ity nig­gles should be few and far be­tween?


Price £28,390* As tested £30,055 (*in­clud­ing £2500 plug-in car grant) En­gine 40kWh bat­tery, sin­gle e-mo­tor, 148bhp @ 3283rpm, 236lb ft Trans­mis­sion Sin­gle-speed auto, front-wheel drive Per­for­mance 7.9sec 0¤62mph, 90mph, 0g/km CO2 Miles this

month 535 To­tal 4167 En­ergy con­sump­tion

370Wh/mile Fuel this month £24.97

There’s a place for left ield think­ing in car de­sign. The boot is not that place. Are we all clear on that?

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