Nissan Leaf hatchback (2011-2017): owner reviews

"The Nissan Leaf is quiet, comfortable, easy to drive and incredibly cheap to run. It marks a milestone in the development of electric cars"

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

78%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Other (2 cases)
  • Electrics (4 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

30kWh Tekna

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

999
Review
I cannot emphasise how great these cars are. I use mine as a main car and wouldn't swap it for the world. Great safe family car that costs vertually nothing to run! You even get free charging at any nissan dealer! Charging locations everywhere which only take 30 mins to fill up and its as quick as a 2ltr whilst smoother than a bentley.
Reliability

5 out of 5

As an electical engineer, it'll be extremely reliable and you get an 8 year warranty on the battery. There's no more battery leasing either so you own it. You get 1k back if you swap the battery after 10-12 years for a new one.
Performance

5 out of 5

0-50 is the same as a 150bhp car and the 0-60 is similar to 130 bhp car
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Less than 1p per mile and it does upto 135 miles on a full charge

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

Electric 24 accenta

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
86 miles max is not enough for a car to travel outside my town. Battery burns quickly on motorway and forget using ac or heating eats the battery. Most charging post don't normally work or not enough or non existent. This car is OK as a second car and one town only. A very expensive car I have to rely on otehr means of transportation if need to travel outside town. The stress and restriction Is just too great. A nice car works on paper but not practical for my needs.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

Electric

Year of registration

2014

Bought Car

Used
Review
Do not buy this car. The air conditioning and heat don't work. Very hard to charge phone. Eco feature the regulates electricity worked intermittently and no one would believe me. Light went in showing no air bag for aside her. Three dealers refused to fix it. Nissan Leaf corporate made excuses for 11 months why these problems could not be fixed. They blamed me. I had to take a loss and sell back car to ensure passenger safety. Nissan is covering up the fact it doesn't have enough technicians to service car, take a bus before buying this car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
not a fault
Running Cost

5 out of 5

2p per mile at most

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

150
Review
Electric Engine. Nothing much to go wrong
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Only needs servicing every 18k/annually. Little to service and less expensive than a ICE service. Costs Ł1.92 for around 80 miles in electricity

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
zero direct tailpipe emissions
Reliability

5 out of 5

2years and nothing.
Performance

5 out of 5

Instantly-available torque
Running Cost

5 out of 5

no road tax

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

only one level, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

3 out of 5

To new to tell
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Its electric, no fuel

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

100% Electric, No CO2 Emissions , It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Seem being in your livingroom.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Is Electric, low points fast charge.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

n/a, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

100% reliable, and build quality is excellent for the price - but not quite up to premium-car levels.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Electric motoring is very inexpensive! We average 3.5 miles / kWh, which works out at about 3p / mile - and we don't have any special electricity rates (we could save money by charging the car overnight with economy-7, but frankly, I can't be bothered).

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

Tekna Flex

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
LEAF is a quiet and comfortable car with very low running costs. The car is great for our daily commute, shopping and 95% of what we need a car for. Our diesel car sits at home most of the time. Long trips are possible but not always practical with the spotty public charging infrastructure. I do not have range anxiety, I have charging anxiety. Handing is mediocre. The car is fine but it has no feel or any level of excitement. The car rewards a relaxed driving style and responds poorly when pushed hard. The brakes can occasionally be grabby. It can be annoying as sometimes it is almost impossible to get the car to stop smoothly.
Reliability

2 out of 5

We've had several faults on ours. The 12V 'start' battery failed after only six months. I had to jump start the car! Initially the dealer could find no fault but after we left it there overnight it would not start for them either. This is a somewhat common fault. The rear seat heater did not work from day one. It turns out the car was incorrectly assembled. We also had to take the car in for a recall. In all we had to return the car to the dealer three times for repairs in the first year. That is three times to many.
Performance

2 out of 5

Mediocre.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very low. Fuel (electricity) costs about 3p per mile when refilling at home. The original equipment tyres are very expensive but there are better alternatives. Parts prices are very high. Repairs out of warranty can be expensive.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It hasn't broken down
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Servicing is much cheaper

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Excellent build quality. Had nothing go wrong in first 8 months of ownership
Running Cost

5 out of 5

It's electric! Recharge costs about £2 per time. I reckon I get 100 miles for about £2.50

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brilliant car! Although, I wish it could do more miles/charge (winter is dreadful for its economy).

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Tekna

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Do your homework before you buy a Leaf! If you commute or have a high volume of regular low mileage journeys (upto 50 miles) then you should look at this car as fuel costs are 20% of a normal car and servicing cost 10% in my experience. These savings help pay for the higher purchase price of the car. Longer journeys are adventures and need to be planned as the charging infrastructure is often patchy. Simple to drive, eerily quiet, great handling and acceleration, big enough for 4 adults (5 at a pinch), and you just plug it in to charge up before going to bed at night. Charging times for me are 2 x 2 hours a day at home (for 100 - 120 miles per day) or 2 x half hour at a rapid charger. One problem to date - 12v battery run out and I needed a jump start. Greatest joy - passing a petrol station and saving £80 a go on a fill up!
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems.
Performance

5 out of 5

Acceleration from a standing start is amazing. Range depends on your driving style, temperature/time of year (battery holds less charge when it's cold and heater/lights/wipers get more use) gradient, and time of day. In my experience max 90 miles - min 50 miles.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Low. No oil to change, no clutch, no cam belt, no exhaust system, no catalytic converter. Regenerative braking most of the time so little wear on brake pads and discs. I've leased ours so I know the residual value at the end of the lease.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Electric

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

300
Review
The best car we own. Costs next to nothing to run . For the cost of one gallon of petrol - £6.30 ...............3 X£2 charges go 300 miles. Low centre of gravity, nippy, 100% torque at all speeds. Zero car tax, zero congestion charge etc etc

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
JUST WORKS
Running Cost

5 out of 5

So low incremental cost. Adds to freedom. Can just go out without worrying about extra costs

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

High, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very high standard
Running Cost

5 out of 5

having solar panels .....

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Zeo, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

Electric reliability combined with sturdy and robust shell
Running Cost

5 out of 5

5 times cheaper to run than petrol or diesel

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

24kw Acenta

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
This car has rebooted my love for driving. The Eco mode suits my wife's more sedate style and the zippy Normal mode suits me. Stop-start queues are no longer a bother. The ride is comfortable and quiet. After a long drive I still feel relaxed and fresh at the end. I have a few niggles about the dash and steering layout but they are minor. No, the big, big problem with this car is the away from home charging network. Even the best ones have no shelter from rain or sun. Most are hidden away with poor signage. And they are still too few and far apart. Most of my trips are local so it doesn't bother me. If the government want more people to drive electric someone needs to get their finger out.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Tekna 30kWh

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The cost saving is significant. My commutes can give me daily mileage over 200 miles. With a tiny amount of planning this is effortless. There is a lack of internal auxiliary power, but otherwise it has proven ideal, flawless in use.
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far absolutely no issues.
Performance

5 out of 5

It is what it is, but away from the lights, if you choose, a rocket. Handling, it isn't a sports car, but driven with finesse it can offer a smooth, speedy and consistent ride.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very low. I charge mainly at home, which maintains a cost around 3p a mile. It is heavy, so tyre wear is potentially harsh if driven hard. Maintenance is low.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Tekna 30

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

100
Review
An amazing car simple to drive very comfortable with the Tekna a quite luxurious interior . However though I have the Leaf 30 version of the battery I cannot get more than 113 miles on a 4 hour charge at home on a dedicated charger point certainly not the 155 claimed. As we use it for town commuting it is an amazing drive so smooth but put your foot down even just a little and watch the mileage range deplete dramatically. We though live on a hill out of town and it is downhill all the way so we actually arrive at the town centre with more miles range than when we started. Coming up to winter will be a good test to see how the cold affects the range. If Nissan bought out a 300 mile range car like Tesla I would put my name down immediately. Electric is the future but have to say the Leaf shortage of mileage range will only see this car in a niche market not mainstream until the range is up to 400 miles.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Nothing has gone wrong so far 100% reliable to date
Performance

5 out of 5

So fast if you want to be so smooth
Running Cost

5 out of 5

amazing low running costs compared to our Diesel BMW

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Acenta

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Vehicle that is super-fun and easy to drive. Build quality is below-average German. Many finish problems can be solved by dealer readjusting stuff. Missing rear plastic wheelarches is one of the worst design flaws. Carwings system is really a must but the designer was literally a clown. Absolutely every Leaf owner has problems with that system, it is a total failure. Still it is one of the best cheap EVs. When rapid charging infrastructure for CCS vehicles will be better e-Golf could win the fight.
Reliability

4 out of 5

All good except Carwings system and range indicator (it is absolutely always wrong for 10-30%). It shows you that you have 100 miles when you start. You drain the battery for exactly 50%. You drive for 35 miles. It shows you a range of 60 miles. Totally wrong. Try to drive like a granny? It will show you 130 miles. At 50% you get 45 miles. It will still show you 75 miles left. Total lie.
Performance

5 out of 5

Excellent. Comparable to 120kW gasoline/diesel up to 70MPH. Steering is precise. Does not roll.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Super-low. Windscreen wipers. Washing fluid. Cabin air filter and air freshener.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
No problems at all to date
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Recharged using solar pv, so very low running costs!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Standard plus solar panel & metallic paint, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Its electric, not a lot to go wrong.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

£2.80 for a fuel charge for realistic 80 miles

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Standard, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Excellent build quality and reliability
Running Cost

5 out of 5

It's electric and extremely cheap to run - estimate £2.00 per 100 miles

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SL, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very quiet and solidly built. Low maintenance requirements, few moving parts. Good paint, do change in drive quality after 10,000 miles.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Less than £50 per month to drive 2,000 miles. No oil changes, no transmission needed. No belts or emissions equipment. So far I have only had a free tire rotation.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Acenta

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
We are very impressed by the Nissan Leaf - it is very smooth, quiet and comfortable but still fun to drive thanks to its powerful acceleration. The boot is a good size and we have had no problems with the car and would definitely have another. The only downside is the iPhone app to turn the heater on before you drive is very slow to connect at times, although this is not an essential feature.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Perfect.
Performance
Brilliant around town (comparable to 2.5-3.0 petrol), when you get on the motorway it's ok but not fast (perhaps comparable to a 1.8 petrol).
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Servicing is cheap, doesn't use any petrol.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

5dr hatchback

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
I had a Honda Civic Hybrid for over 6 years and was very pleased with it. It has always been my ambition to own a full electric car and when I experience the Leaf, I had to have one. Buying second-hand knocked a lot off the cost and as the car had only recorded 2,000 miles, it was virtually new. And how do I find it? It is smooth, quiet and very comfortable car to both ride in and drive. In 'normal drive' mode it takes off like a rocket. In 'eco' mode it is far less responsive - needed to improve the range. And the range? I find the 'estimator', the display that estimates the range left to the car on current charge, varies down and up as you drive about. This is a bit confusing when you always have at the back of your mind how far can I go. The estimator works with data from the total charge, driving style, temperature and lots more to determine what's left. That aside, as long as you allow a bit of slack and that distance is how far you want to go there's no problem. For return journeys of about 80 miles, the car is close to ideal. Costing a couple of pounds to charge (less for me as I have solar panels generating during the day, hence charge my car when the sun shines if I can) and having no road tax, it is obviously a lot cheaper to drive than a petrol car. Charging is from a home charger that cost me (subsidised) £190 in my garage takes a few hours (they state 8 hours from flat but who's battery is completely flat when they start to charge?). You can also set timers as to when the charger actually turns on - so with me and my solar, during the day is set. I can override this times from my bed (or anywhere else for that matter - even abroad!) from an app on my smartphone and using Nissan's Carwings. So, any problems? Well yes. As with all electric cars it has to be range. For 99% of my journeys it's great, but for the 1%? Whilst there are hundreds of places you can recharge your car, and the on-board navigation system will guide you to them (and give you info so you can contact them in advance to check whether you can charge there), it can be in a 'strange' place you have not been to before, and having to recharge every say 80 miles - even if it does take only 30 minutes with their fast-chargers, it's still a pain and can cause anxiety. Would I recommend the car? Yes. Even with it's limitations the equipment on-board is second to none, the ride is great and it's a fun car to drive. If ALL your journeys are a round trip of up to 80 miles, I would recommend the car 100%. If you make frequent longer journeys, unless you can regularise your journey by stopping for a top-up at known points (or can plug into someone's mains), this car is unfortunately not for you. As I fit into the first category and can use my wife's car for my 1% longer journeys, I'm more than pleased!
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems to date.
Performance

4 out of 5

5 star for journeys of 80 miles or less.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Fantastic. Virtually free.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Acenta

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

350
Review
This is the only time that I have purchased the same car twice in a row, it is that good, I didn't even wait the six days to the new number plate! My first foray into the LEAF was via a retread, which I drove for nine months without incident before trading in for a new Mk 2 LEAF. The limited straight line range has not proven to be a problem, with a recent day trip of 200 miles, at a cost of £5.60p, carried out without incident. The needed top up charges fitted in with comfort breaks. My daily useage is just to hop in the car as a family hack, for shopping trips friends visits, etc. My neighbour commutes 35 miles each way, this car would suit her. I have not had the problems claimed by others with Carwings, but then I did read the very comprehensive handbook first. Driving is a joy, I have been caught out a couple of times in 30 limits by my speed. On slip roads, etc. there is always a space for me to slot in to, plenty of acceleration, seamless to 80+. Handling is good, remember this is a family saloon car not a sports car, It will though leave most similar cars standing at the traffic lights! The air source heat pump heating on the Mk 2 reduces drain on the battery such that I leave the system on always. Very good levels of Entertainment options, with Radio, CD, Bluetooth and MP3. Telephone control panel and Information screens all within the Navigator touch screen. Cruise and Max speed control on the steering wheel, together with entertainment buttons. The time taken to charge is 15 seconds, the time taken to plug it in at the end of a trip. WIth a home charge point I simply plug in each time I park up, giving me a 'full tank' each time I start a new trip. If I have run the battery down I timer charge overnight as I sleep., and at off peak prices. Not yet a car for long distance driving every day, the LEAF has suited 99% of my journeys without compromise.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues .
Performance

5 out of 5

Will out accelerate most cars of a similar and larger size. The seamless power gives everyone a surprise, no nodding donkey effects for passengers. Just rapid smooth driving when required, with very smooth cruising on motorways. No annoying exhaust noise to spoil the sounds of birdsong.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

at 3ppm who can argue. Low Insurance cost, Free parking in many places, No London Congestion charge.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Acenta

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

200
Review
It's a perfect second car for us. Ideal for my 28 mile commute. If your usage fits (traveling no more than 35 miles from home) then it's a no brainer. Plenty of new car bargains if you look hard enough.
Performance

5 out of 5

Super quick off the mark. Maximum power always available at the pedal without gear changes or straining engine noise means it feels quicker than it really is.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Acenta

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
More than good enough to be an electric car! The Tesla Model S is only faster, you do not actually need all that speed. The seats are the most comfortable in cars history!! You just sink into them (NOT leather seats). The seats in the Tesla are not that soft. Nice equipped. Rear view camera is very useful. CARWINGS tells your smartphone about your car's conditions. For instance battery level (also very useful).
Reliability

3 out of 5

You cannot trust the range the car tells you have left. It says 30 miles left, when it actually is 20 or so...
Performance

4 out of 5

Accelerates well when ECO-mode is not activated. Low center of gravity.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

The is only one, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

It's not really sensible to lump reliability and build quality together. Reliability is a 5. Build quality is a 3. Paint finish especially poor.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Standard, It's electric, Electric, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Fine, no problems at all so far,
Running Cost

5 out of 5

We charge using home solar or off peak.

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