2020 Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna 62kWh review – bigger battery, longer range, better car? | What Car?

2020 Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna 62kWh review – bigger battery, longer range, better car? | What Car?


This is the Nissan Leaf. The world’s best-selling electric car – for now. Since 2010, it’s sold more than 400,000 units globally, and in the UK it enjoys a 36% share of the fast-growing EV market. But while the Leaf was certainly a trailblazer for mainstream electric cars, now it’s actually fallen behind in the pecking order, compared to new rivals like: the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric. This is the second generation Leaf, and Nissan has just added a new range-topping version. It gets a few changes inside and out, a bigger battery, and crucially that means a longer range. But just how long is that range and what is this new car like? Well that’s what we’re going to find out, and don’t forget if you want to buy a Leaf, or any other new car and go on to whatcar.com and go to the New Car Buying section to see how much money you could save with all of our brilliant new deals, and please subscribe to our channel because we’re going to be doing loads more videos like this in the future. [Music] So, this is the Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna and if you choose it you get a few upgrades including this e+ badging on the charge port here, and then a slightly redesigned front end – including these blue highlights along the bottom. But the more significant changes are under the bonnet… Well under the floor actually. This range-topping model gets a bigger 62 kilowatt-hour battery which joins the 40 kilowatt-hour battery that the rest of the Leafs in the lineup get. Nissan says the bigger battery can cover 239 miles on a full charge, under the new WLTP test cycle, which is a 62 mile increase on the standard model. Now that’s a pretty useful extra amount, Nissan has also ensured that the new battery can still be fast charged in roughly the same time as the smaller battery. So it’s a bigger battery but the rate it can charge at is higher, the Leaf does still only use CHAdeMO to rapid charge, whereas most of the competition uses the now more common CCS connector instead. Inside you get a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but this is still not quite so good as the Hyundai and Kia equivalents in this class. There’s also a Bose 7-speaker stereo, plus you get Nissan’s Pro Pilot semi-autonomous driving assistance, which includes Lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. But, isn’t it ridiculous that you spend £40,000 on a car and you cannot adjust the reach of the steering wheel. In the Leaf it only moves up and down, not in and out. Rear legroom is decent, but rear headroom is a bit tight. The boot is good, but this version gets a subwoofer in the back, and look that is a pretty inconvenient place to stick it, isn’t it. Which electric car would you buy? We want to know so, tell us by voting in our poll. Would you buy a Nissan Leaf, Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric, or Tesla Model 3 cast your vote now. The Leaf e+ also gets more power, so now peak power is 214 brake horsepower as opposed to the standard model, which gets 148 brake horsepower. It also gets 250 lbft of torque, and an increased top speed of 97 miles per hour. All of which means, it is quick. Certainly quicker than before, the Leaf e plus will do 0-62 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds, while the 40 kilowatt hour version will do the same in 7.9 seconds, which is a decent increase in pace and it really is noticeable. Especially with the extra torque, the Leaf e+ feels rapid off the line, but it’s a hundred and fifty kilograms heavier, and the ride height has been raised by five millimetres to help accommodate the bigger battery under the floor. The result? Pretty disastrous for the ride. So just like the standard car, the e+ is still relatively soft, which is fine around town – but on the motorway and at higher speeds it is completely unsettled. When you’re on undulating roads like this, your head is bobbing constantly back and forth, and that’s something that gets really annoying after a while. So the ride is five millimetres higher, the car is heavier, to try and cope with that, they’ve stiffened the suspension but it’s not worked anywhere near as well as it could have done. If you want to know even more about the whole of the Nissan Leaf range, then watch our full in depth review by clicking on the link in the top right hand corner of the screen. So if you’re going to buy a new Nissan Leaf we’d actually be tempted to stick with the cheaper, standard version – if you can cope with the range. That’s because, those models ride better, and they can still get 128 miles off of a full charge in real-world driving conditions. But the Leaf is starting to feel a bit off the pace, since the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric have come along. They’ve made this Leaf e+ look very expensive, that’s because both those cars can travel more than 250 miles off of a full charge – that’s in real-world driving conditions – so it’s difficult to make a case for the expensive Leaf e+. For much more on every electric car on sale, go to whatcar.com and when you’re there, if you want to buy a new car hopefully we can save you some money in the process. On our website go to the new car buying section to browse to our list of deals. 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57 Comments

  1. Tested it in the Automobile Barcelona. It gives a lot for the cost but the design… Btw, would buy a new Zoe

  2. I’ll take a soul or model 3. This is just over priced and old tec. It should have CCS and a 22kW 3phase charger. 6.6kw type 2 plug was grand for smaller batteries but come on Nissan stop penny pinching and then charging over the odds.

  3. I'd buy a Tesla Model 3 due to range, performance and charging network. It was also the largest selling EV in the world in 2018 and is on track to do the same in 2019.

  4. Is Niro very available in the UK? In the US only limited availability in 10 states. E+ discounts put the price below what I have seen Niro's going for. Kona is a smaller car.

  5. I was always under the impression that repeatedly fast charging a battery dramatically shortens its life

  6. Why don't you include the Renault Zoe in the vote? That's the one that I'd buy especially the 2020 version with the bigger battery and range.

  7. saying how good is to increase the range by adding bigger battery is like I'm saying mu car is more economical after changing the standard 90 l trunk with a 130 l long range one… no thanks 🙂
    P.S. I wouldn't by EV!

  8. I am in the US and live close to Tesla factory, I have checked all those EVs and I have to say. For the long run, I think the Tesla is a better buy.

  9. £38k on a Nissan hatchback. The buyers of these cars will be doing low mileage to begin with, so the fuel savings aren’t really part of the debate. It’s simply far too expensive.

  10. Wowww!! $40,000 smackeroos! And yet it STILL doesn't have a 400 mile range or ultra-fast 100% recharge in 5-10 mins. And they BETTER include the at-home fast charger for FREE with prices like this. Your average consumer simply can't afford such an expensive car…where you are clearly paying more, to get less. Until EV's can match the convenience and features of ICE vehicles (including a more realistic price, ~$25K), there will be NO EV revolution anytime soon.

  11. But how does Hyundai and Kia manage a normal ride? I don't understand what Nissan is doing. They're an old carmaker they should know better surely.

  12. The Tesla model 3 is by far the nicest car, but Tesla's poor reputation for reliability and that touchscreen user interface would put me off buying one. If I was realistically going to buy one of these it would have to be the Hyundai or Kia. Compared to the Nissan, they have better efficiency, and they're cheaper.

  13. If they were all the same price It would be the Model 3 followed by the Hyundai Kona the Kia Niro and finally the Leaf. However, here in the states the Kia and Hyundai dealers are taking advantage of the limited availability and are tacking on about $7500 (conveniently the same amount as the federal rebate). The Niro and Kona were expected to be introduced at around $37k and $38k but are now around $45k. The dealers are taking away our federal subsidy. (I wonder if they're allowed to do that in the UK as well). If they were all the same price and it was a price I could afford, I'd go for the Tesla simply because its the only one sold manufacturer direct (no dealerships, their MSRP games, or their substantial markups). Now, if you shop around here in the states you can find the new Leaf SV Plus and SL Plus models for $5k to $10k less than a Kona or Niro. Since I cannot afford a Tesla and since Nissan dealers are a little more willing to negotiate, the winner for me would actually be a Leaf.

  14. It's just not hitting the mark efficiency comfort, ride and handling it's failing dramatically in comparison to it's competition another nail in the leafs coffin you think the would have learnt from rapidgate lol. Fact remains they'll sell a shit load because there availability is there and buyers need to compromise as the waiting list for kia and Hyundai or pay a premium

  15. I went for a Kona Electric and couldn’t be happier. A fabulous car and in the summer I’m getting up to 300 miles range in real world driving which I find amazing…

  16. I'd get a Kona or maybe even a Model 3. They are both better looking and with better performance for the money.

  17. I haven't test driven the e-Niro yet but the Leaf is the smoother on the road and the tech seems better than anything Hyundai or VW have to offer. Most importantly the Leaf comes with a Level 2 charger.

  18. I have my 40kw leaf leased for another year and a half. It's a great car, but this is not a compelling upgrade – sorry Nissan. I'm afraid I have to agree, they have really fallen behind. Unless they have something more radical than this in the pipeline, I'll be looking at other EVs for my next one.

  19. I wouldn't buy any of them. All too expensive. Basically, you are paying twice the price for an EV. Not interested until there is price parity between ICEs and Eva.

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