The new LEAF 62 kWh has more range than ever before!

2020 Nissan LEAF 62 kWh Review

Caroline and the new Nissan Leaf 62 kWh!
Caroline and the new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh!

Caroline drives the 2020 Nissan LEAF 62 kWh.

The Nissan LEAF is one of Ireland’s most popular electric cars and a pioneer of mainstream electric motoring. Within the last year the number of electric vehicles available in Ireland has expanded and the LEAF has been under attack from some new rivals. However the high visibility of the LEAF in Ireland, all generations, is undeniable, and you are definitely likely to encounter one at your local EV charger. The LEAF has clearly penetrated the market here very well.

In 2018, Nissan launched an all-new LEAF hatchback with a 40 kWh battery with more power and a range in the region of 250 km. The car had evolved into something more desirable with modern design technology and safety features. In 2019, the LEAF got even better with the launch of the new longer range Nissan LEAF 62 kWh.

What's new for the 2020 Nissan LEAF?

Priced in Ireland from €37,840, the 62 kWh LEAF crucially has a 25% increase in energy density and 55% boost in energy storage capacity, giving the 62 kWh LEAF a power output of 217 PS and up to 385 km (WLTP) on a single charge compared to the 40 kWh Nissan LEAF. I tested the car in the cold weather of November and with 98% battery power when I picked it up, the range read about 340 km.

The new LEAF 62 kWh has more range than ever before!
The new LEAF 62 kWh has more range than ever before!

Other new features for the LEAF 62 kWh include the new NissanConnect infotainment system as standard, with Apple CarPlay® and AndroidAuto® for seamless smartphone connectivity. An upgraded navigation system also shows live traffic and nearby chargers. There’s also a new NissanConnect Services app that allows users to send navigation routes and preset air conditioning or heating.

Nissan so far has ignored the electric crossover/SUV trend and the LEAF remains a classic hatchback with the latest Nissan family face. The new battery retains a similar shape and size to the 40 kWh LEAF battery pack, so there is no detriment to interior space in this upgraded model. Interior accommodation is about average for a hatchback of this size and the boot is a very good size. There are special places to store the cables so the practicality of the space is not negatively impacted.

The interior of the LEAF

Inside, the LEAF 62 kWh has the same dash design as the new generation LEAF we tested in 2018. There is some new digital technology however already the graphics on the driver information panel and infotainment screen are looking a little dated. Still, functionality is okay and it's handy to be able to find nearby charging stations. You also sit a little higher in the LEAF than a standard hatchback because of the battery under the floor.

The interior of the new Nissan LEAF
The interior of the new Nissan LEAF

In Ireland, the new 62 kWh Nissan LEAF starts from €37,840 in SV grade with a high specification including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Intelligent Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, e-Pedal with regenerative function, front and rear parking sensors, Around View Monitor, 17″ alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and LED rear signature lights.

The range-topping SVE 62 kWh LEAF is available from €40,500 and includes ProPilot, Bose Audio System, Intelligent Auto LED headlights, heated leather steering wheel and leather heated seats front and rear.

Driving the Nissan Leaf 62 kWh

On the road, the Nissan LEAF is nippy with 217 hp at its disposal. It handles well through corners and is smooth, refined and of course, quiet, on the move.

The extra range of this 62 kWh model is very welcome. The CHAdeMO type rapid charger is 50kW / 100kW compatible and will get you from 20% to 80% charge in about 90 minutes (50kW). Charging at home takes about 12 hours.

The new LEAF 62 kWh is still eclipsed by some rivals like the Kia e-Soul in terms of the range and how far it will go on one charge.

The Nissan LEAF is the original mass market electric vehicle, famed for its accessibility and affordable entry into electric motoring.

However, the new LEAF 62 kWh requires considerable investment and in range alone, there are some better competitors in this space.

LEAF buyers now have more options. Not everyone wants a crossover or SUV. Hatchback lovers still exist. The game is moving rapidly for EVs. The LEAF 62 kWh keeps up for now.

LEAF 62 kWh available from €37,840
LEAF 62 kWh available from €37,840

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Nissan LEAF 62 kWh SVE
Price:
€40,500
Battery: 62 kWh
Power: 
217 hp
Torque:  340 Nm
0-100km/h: 
6.9 seconds
Top speed: 158 km/h 
Range (WLTP):
385 km
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


The new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh

Nissan LEAF 62 kWh Goes On Sale!

The new Nissan LEAF 62 kWh

The new longer-range Nissan LEAF 62kWh is now available in Ireland from €37,840.

The model’s compact 62 kWh battery is both efficient and powerful, with a 25% increase in energy density and 55% boost in energy storage capacity, giving the 62kWh LEAF a power output of 217 PS and up to 385 km (WLTP) on a single charge compared to the 40 kWh Nissan LEAF.

The new battery retains a similar shape and size to the 40 kWh LEAF battery pack, allowing the 62kWh battery to retain the LEAF’s interior space and its defined exterior styling.

All new LEAF versions come as standard with Nissan’s new NissanConnect infotainment system, with features including Apple CarPlay® and AndroidAuto® allowing for seamless smartphone connectivity.

Customers also benefit from an upgraded navigation system, which features TomTom LIVE premium traffic and route optimisation, as well as the inbuilt Online Map Update facility and Chargers Location functionality.

There's also a new NissanConnect Services app that allows users to send navigation routes from their smartphone to their car and from their car to their smartphones through the Door-to-Door Navigation facility.

Remote Climate Control gives the option to preset air conditioning or heating while the LEAF is still plugged in, whilst information and analysis of trips and driving style can also be accessed from a smartphone.

The new LEAF also offers a number of new design options, with a total of 10 body colours and seven two-tone body and roof colour combinations.

The new 62 kWh Nissan LEAF starts from €37,840 in SV grade, with equipment including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Intelligent Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, e-Pedal with regenerative function, Front & Rear Parking Sensors and Around View Monitor. On the exterior, SV LEAF also features 17" alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and LED rear signature lights.

The range-topping SVE 62 kWh LEAF is available from €40,500.  Additional technologies include ProPilot, Bose Audio System and Intelligent Auto LED Headlights. Inside there is a heated leather steering wheel and leather heated seats front and rear.


The new Nissan Leaf

New Nissan Leaf Records Strong Sales In July

The new Nissan Leaf
The new Nissan Leaf is selling well in Ireland

Nissan Ireland is reporting that 306 new Nissan Leafs were registered during the month of July, which historically has been close to the total number of electric vehicles sold in Ireland in a full year.

The July sales result brings the total number of Nissan Leafs on Irish roads to date to over 2,700 units.

The new Nissan Leaf 40kWh electric vehicle arrived in Ireland earlier in 2018. According to Nissan Ireland, demand for the new Leaf is being driven by the fact that the car's range on a single charge has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres (NEDC) - about 250km in real world terms - and "by a growing awareness amongst Irish householders that switching to a new Nissan Leaf can help them to save significantly on the cost of running their car".

“This result for July is a real benchmark and provides huge encouragement for the future of Electric Vehicles in Ireland,” said James McCarthy, CEO, Nissan Ireland. “We have been advocates for electric driving over the last 8 years and it’s fantastic to see people starting to make the switch in numbers now".

"Consumers are conscientiously weighing up whether the car can save them money. Our Leaf customers have shown us that they are at least €1,350 a year better off for driving the 100% electric Nissan Leaf,” said Mr. McCarthy, “and no other drivetrain – petrol, diesel or hybrid, can come close to delivering that level of running cost savings".


Nissan Leaf

Irish Pricing For New 2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf will arrive in Ireland in March 2018, priced from €26,290 for the entry grade XE.

Pricing includes the €5,000 Government Grant for electric vehicles.

SV models are available from €28,690, Launch Edition from €29,590, SV Premium from €29,940 and SVE from €32,600.

What's new for the 2018 Nissan Leaf?

The new Nissan Leaf offers a significant update over the previous model with new styling, more technology and a higher capacity 40kwh battery.

The range has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres on the NEDC cycle.

Power is up by 38% to 150hp compared to the outgoing model.

Nissan e-Pedal is a standard feature. The e-Pedal allows the driver to start from a standstill, accelerate, brake and even bring the car to a stop using just the throttle pedal.

Standard safety features include lane departure warning, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, intelligent lane intervention, cross traffic alert and high-beam assist.

The entry model also comes with Nissan Intelligent Key and push button start, 6.6 kW on-board charger and 50kW ChaDeMo rapid charge port as standard.

The Nissan Leaf SV adds Nissan Connect EV 7" touchscreen telematics system. It includes active charging, eco-routing, driving range, and nearby charging stations. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available as standard on SV.

SV Premium adds features such as heated seats, around-view monitor, electric folding door mirrors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, moving object detection and 17” alloy wheels. There's also the option of ProPILOT.

We're told by Nissan Ireland that the launch edition is sold out. For the record these models feature ProPILOT, a driver assistance technology designed for motorway use in single-lane traffic. It helps the driver in heavy motorway traffic and long commutes due to steering assist, acceleration and braking.

Finally, top of the range SVE grade includes ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system and Bose premium audio with 7 speakers. There's also leather heated front and rear seats on this model, and full LED intelligent auto headlights.

For more information visit www.nissan.ie