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Used Nissan LEAF (2010-2017)

The first-generation LEAF was an innovative hatchback that set the trend for all-electric vehicles in the UK

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Used Nissan LEAF For Sale

The Nissan LEAF is an all-electric family hatchback that makes a great alternative to traditional petrol or diesel powered cars.

In production between 2010 and 2017, the first-generation LEAF made a big impact because it offered respectable range without costing a small fortune to buy. Unsurprisingly, the LEAF was a popular choice for eco-friendly motorists and those who wanted to reduce their running costs.

As a result of its popularity, there are a healthy number of used examples to choose from on the market. Here's why they make a good choice:

  • Zero emissions
  • Practical
  • Easy to drive
  • Quiet and refined ride
  • Low running costs

Engines and Driving Experience

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The absence of a traditional engine is noticeable when driving the LEAF, which offers a blissfully quiet driving experience. There is a slight hum from the motors as you accelerate, but it blends in with the wind and road noise, both of which are well-contained. Soft suspension makes daily driving comfortable, while the excellent visibility helps with parking.

Earlier versions of the LEAF were fitted with a 24kWh battery and were rated for a range of up to 124 miles. From 2015, the LEAF got a bigger 30kWh battery, which increased potential range to 155 miles. Producing 108bhp, the LEAF may not feel like the quickest thing on the road, but the power is instantly available, making it feel more potent than the figures suggest.

Practicality and Running Costs

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The LEAF is spacious throughout and provides plenty of head and knee room for passengers. With 370 litres at your disposal, the boot has more than enough space for a pushchair or the weekly shopping. The rear seats can fold down, and will reveal a 720-litre area, but they don't lay completely flat because of the batteries.

Charging can be done overnight using a standard household socket, and will roughly take eight hours to achieve a full charge. Alternatively, you can have a wall box charger fitted, which should halve the time you spend waiting. The final option is using a public fast charging point, where the LEAF can achieve 80% capacity in just half an hour.

The LEAF occupies insurance groups between 19 and 26 (50 is the highest), which is slightly higher than the likes of the BMW i3. However, it makes up for this with inexpensive servicing (there's less mechanical parts) that can be completed by Evans Halshaw Nissan retailers.

Interior, Technology and Safety

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Typical of a Nissan, the interior is well-thought out and features a variety of quality materials. There's plenty of adjustment in the driver's seat and steering wheel, making it easy to get comfortable.

Entry-level Visia models have all the essentials you could think of, including air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and electric windows. Stepping up to the Acenta is worth it because it features an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, cruise control, as well as automatic wipers and lights. The top spec Tekna is uber-posh, and features a Bose stereo, heated seats and a 360-degree parking camera.

Safety features available include the following:

  • Six airbags
  • ISOFIX child-seat anchor points
  • Sound synthesiser (emits a noise to warn pedestrians that you're there)
  • Stability control and an electronic speed limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

It's also worth noting there is a smartphone app called 'My LEAF', which allows you to monitor information such as your car's remaining charge and range. It's available to download on Android or iOS.

Is the Nissan LEAF right for me?

The LEAF was a revolutionary car when it was first released all those years ago. Its ability to blend everyday practicality within a usable all-electric package meant it was always going to be a hit. In conclusion then, if you need a competent hatchback that will be inexpensive to run and will reduce your carbon footprint, the LEAF is a great choice.

There are a few rivals worthy of consideration before you take the plunge. The BMW i3 offers a more premium finish, and feels futuristic throughout. If the BMW costs a bit more than your budget will allow, then take a look at the Renault Zoe, which is another great electric vehicle. If all else fails and you want something newer, then why not check out the second- generation LEAF?

Why purchase a used Nissan LEAF through Evans Halshaw?

At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.

All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.

If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw retailer, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.