Nissan Leaf Leasing
Why Would You Want One?
Nissan has worked hard to improve the LEAF and has clearly listened to customer feedback. Range has been improved, equipment levels bumped up, driving manners have been sharpened still further and practicality is now much better than it used to be. This Nissan has a very crisp way of stepping off the line and with all of the weight - the batteries - mounted so low in the car, it has a centre of gravity that a mid-engined supercar can only dream of. Nissan LEAF lease deals can be tempting too.
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In recent times, Nissan's engineers have finessed the damper settings to reduce float and deliver a more agile and dynamic drive without adversely affecting ride comfort. The steering system has been given a touch more weight to provide steering feel more in tune with European tastes, while the performance of the brakes has been improved to make them more progressive in use, while also increasing the amount of energy recovered. Changes have also been made to the Eco driving mode. A 'B' setting on the transmission increases regenerative braking during deceleration, while a separate 'Eco' button on the steering wheel extends driving range by altering the throttle mapping to discourage rapid acceleration. The two systems can be operated independently of one another.
But the perhaps the most important thing here is the overall size. At around 4.5m long, this was the first pure electric car big enough for proper family use. Up front, there's an appropriately futuristically styled split-level dash, with blue-tinted graphics that look pretty conventional until you peer closer and find that they're primarily geared towards advising you just how much further you can go before a charging top-up is needed.
The Bottom Line
The choice to lease Nissan LEAF models won’t be for everyone of course. Those without a garage will join single-car families and long distance commuters in dismissing it out of hand. But then, no car is for everyone. As the Japanese brand points out, you wouldn’t buy a GTR supercar for family use or an X-Trail SUV as a city run-around. Where Nissan has succeeded though, is in finally offering us a relatively affordable family-sized pure electric car that’s pretty free of compromise, a model you could pretty painlessly switch into from something conventional. Which leaves us with what? A defining moment in electric vehicle history? It certainly feels like it.