Its electric motor can offer more power than the Peugeot and the Citroen – up to 108bhp, in fact, which is almost double the amount of power in the Ion’s tank. And because all of its power is delivered right away, acceleration is good, with 0-62 completed in 11.5 seconds.
Max speed is 89mph, ensuring the Leaf can keep up with traffic without being embarrassed. And like the Peugeot, it’s almost strangely too quiet. So quiet, in fact, that you’ll hear everything, including potholes.
In terms of running costs, there is only really one thing you need to worry about, which is the price of replacing a battery. A new one costs almost £4,000, but you can lease one by paying a monthly fee starting from as little as £70. How much you pay exactly will depend on the length of the lease, as well as your annual mileage.
There are two batteries available, a 24kWh, which lasts for 124 miles on a full charge, and a 30kWh, which can go for 155 miles on a full charge. Both last significantly longer than the Peugeot. However, these are official numbers only. Unless you drive like a saint all the time, you’ll struggle to achieve them regularly.
Apart from that, there is no yearly road tax to pay and the car is exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
Inside, the Nissan Leaf Hatchback’s cabin is ultra quiet, with barely any road or wind noise getting in. Add the soft suspension, and this is a relaxing way to get about the town.
It’s easy enough for the driver to get comfortable, thanks to plenty of adjustability. The dashboard sports a clean and simple design, with the brand’s Connect EV infotainment system dominating. You can use this to operate your smartphone and its apps.
Go for the Acenta model, and you benefit from an attractive 7” colour screen.
In terms of how practical it is, again it suffers from the problem all EV’s do, and that’s the hassle of finding somewhere to charge each day. It takes eight hours to do a full charge, and unless you can find special charging stations all the time, you’ll be doing most of your charging at home.
That aside, practicality is decent. Four adults benefit from a good amount of leg and headroom, and storage space is decent. The boot, meanwhile, totally eclipses both the Peugeot and the Citroen, and measures an impressive 370-litres. A high lip is awkward and the rear seats can’t be folded totally flat, though.
Nissan – £26,200 – £32,300