we have driven this car already, but as TGTV viewers will know, the real test of any EV live with it for a while. Last year, we ran a long-term Nissan Leaf and very surprised to see its suitability as an urban commuter.
Our long termer never got on top of real-world range of about 80 miles to the claim of 110 miles. This new generation of the range-topping Tekna (along with mid-range Acenta) lose weight, have a more efficient heating system and regenerative braking to increase the lump claimed 124 mile range. And with a new 6.6kW charger, now takes only four hours (instead of eight) to fully charge if you install the 32-amp socket in the car.
The ratio of real-to-life claims on the new car seems to be almost the same as before - you have to get 100 miles with careful driving. The braking system in the new mode B is a big step: it really is possible to complete a five-mile trip with a greater range than indicated when I left.
While Nissan deserves credit for bringing an electric car that can be used for the mass market, there is a new act in town. Head to p136 to read all about the stealing EV Frankfurt motorshow this year and not far from Tekna price. BMW i3 has been made Leaf upgraded look dated.
Verdict: around the time of cross-choke TG office confirms Leaf has made progress - but save for the BMW i3 are now an option ...
Statistics: 80kW electric, FWD, 109bhp, £ 206 ft, 124 mile range, 0g/km CO2, 0-62mph in 11.5secs, 87mph, 1541kg, £ 25,490
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