RAY MASSEY tests the new Nissan Leaf electric car

New all-electric Nissan Leaf 

Price: from £21,990 to £27,490

Nissan’s second generation all-electric five-seater family car is here, with deliveries beginning on February 2.

The zero-emissions hatchback will, Nissan says, travel 50 per cent further, deliver 38 per cent more power, and cost up to £1,500 less than the original.

But does it live up to the high-voltage hype? 

Made in Britain: Ray Massey charges the new Nissan Leaf all-electric five-seater family car The zero-emissions hatchback will, Nissan says, travel 50 per cent further, deliver 38 per cent more power, and cost up to £1,500 less than the original The new Leaf is sprightly on steep inclines, does a fair lick on motorways, and can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds. Top speed is 89 mph Charging the onboard 40kWh lithium-ion batteries at home takes 21 hours. But fit a new 7kW fast home-charging point and that reduces to 7.5 hours Looker: While the first-generation Leaf appealed to geeks, this one’s more conventional hatchback styling works well The biggest problem with the new Leaf isn't down to the car itself, its that there simply aren’t enough public charging points in the UK yet A  Leaf rolls off the Sunderland production line with deliveries beginning on February 2 The rather austere all-black interior looks dull and gloomy. It’s still eerie to drive off in almost complete silence, says Ray Massey You can drive 168 miles on a full charge — 258 miles in the city.  You can drive 168 miles on a full charge — 258 miles in the city. 

You can drive 168 miles on a full charge — 258 miles in the city. 

Will it fit in my garage? New Nissan LEAF 

On sale now. First deliveries: February 2.

Built: Sunderland, UK

Price: £21,990 to £27,490 (Includes Government grant of £4,500)

Length: 4,490mm Width: 1,788mm Height: 1,540mm

Weight: 1.58 tonnes

Seats: 5

Top speed: 89mph

0-62mpg: 7.2 seconds

Boot capacity: 435 litres

Range (using new ‘real world’ WLTP tests):

Average: 168 miles

City use: 258 miles

Battery: 40kw lithium ion

Charging time:

Normal domestic supply: 21 hours

New 7kW charger: 7.5 hours

80 per cent charge: 40 to 60 minutes

Tyres: 16-inch and 17-inch

:: Model range: £21,990 for the base-level Nissan LEAF in Visia trim level, £24,290 for the Acenta, £26,49 for the special ‘2.Zero’ limited edition version of just 1,500 (also available for a monthly PCP payment of £339 plus a £5,138 customer deposit with 4.49% APR), up to £27,490 for the top of the range Tekna which I drove.

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