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Everyday Family Hatchbacks Vs 100% Electric LEAF


There are a number of articles out there about the Nissan LEAF which focus on showing you how it is the best in its class. But, as an everyday combustion engine driver you don’t want to know if Nissan have produced the best electric car in the EV class, you want to know how the LEAF stacks up against the class equivalent of petrol and diesel cars.

So, that’s what we’ve done. Below you’ll find that we’ve compare Nissan’s 100% electric car to a Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf, all of which are family hatchbacks. This will give you a real life look at how the LEAF stacks up against your everyday cars.

Ford Focus

We will start with the Ford Focus. These figures are based on a 1.5 TDCi, below is what we found;

  • Boot Capacity (litres) – 316
  • Boot Space with Seats Laid Flat – 1,215
  • Power (bhp) – 95
  • Torque (Nm) – 250
  • 0-62mph (seconds) – 12
  • C02 Emissions (g/km) – 98
  • Fuel Consumption (mpg) – 74.3
  • Fuel Cost per Mile – 7.16p
  • Road Tax Cost Over 3 Years – £400
  • London Congestion Charge – £11.50 per day

Standard Model Specification

  • Automatic Air Conditioning – Manual Air Con Only
  • Bluetooth – No
  • Front & Rear Electric Windows – Front Only
  • Front Fog Lights – No
  • Push Button Start – No

Vauxhall Astra

The next family car we looked at was a Vauxhall Astra. We based our figures on a 1.4 Ecotec, below is what we found;

  • Boot Capacity (litres) – 370
  • Boot Space with Seats Laid Flat – 1,210
  • Power (bhp) – 100
  • Torque (Nm) – 130
  • 0-62mph (seconds) – 12.6
  • C02 Emissions (g/km) – 124
  • Fuel Consumption (mpg) – 52.3
  • Fuel Cost per Mile – 10p
  • Road Tax Cost Over 3 Years – £400
  • London Congestion Charge – £11.50 per day

Standard Model Specification

  • Automatic Air Conditioning – Manual Air Con Only
  • Bluetooth – Yes
  • Front & Rear Electric Windows – Yes
  • Front Fog Lights – No
  • Push Button Start – No

VW Golf

The next family car we looked at was a VW Golf 1.2TSi, below is what we found;

  • Boot Capacity (litres) – 380
  • Boot Space with Seats Laid Flat – 1,270
  • Power (bhp) – 85
  • Torque (Nm) – 160
  • 0-62mph (seconds) – 11.9
  • C02 Emissions (g/km) – 113
  • Fuel Consumption (mpg) – 57.6
  • Fuel Cost per Mile – 9.08p
  • Road Tax Cost Over 3 Years – £380
  • London Congestion Charge – £11.50 per day

Standard Model Specification

  • Automatic Air Conditioning – Manual Air Con Only
  • Bluetooth – Yes
  • Front & Rear Electric Windows – Yes
  • Front Fog Lights – No
  • Push Button Start – No

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Nissan LEAF

Last, but by no means least, we look the 2018 Nissan LEAF with its 40kWh battery. Below is what we found;

  • Boot Capacity (litres) – 435
  • Boot Space with Seats Laid Flat – 720
  • Power (bhp) – 147
  • Torque (Nm) – 236
  • 0-62mph (seconds) – 7.9
  • C02 Emissions (g/km) – 0
  • Fuel Consumption (mpg) – 0
  • Fuel Cost per Mile – 2p
  • Road Tax Cost Over 3 Years – £0
  • London Congestion Charge – £0 per day

Standard Model Specification

  • Automatic Air Conditioning – Yes
  • Bluetooth – Yes
  • Front & Rear Electric Windows – Yes
  • Front Fog Lights – Yes
  • Push Button Start – Yes

And there are the facts in black and white, written right in front of you.

This really challenges the old fashioned idea that purchasing a LEAF, or any EV for that matter, will be like driving around in an electric milk float. We’ve seen above the LEAF outperforms the other family hatchbacks at a standard spec level.

The LEAF has the quickest 0-60mph time at 7.9 seconds. It’s got the most brake horsepower at 147bhp and this hatchbacks torque is through the roof at 236Nm. That’s one fast milk float! You could roughly do a quarter mile in 17 seconds.

When looking at the standard specs that comes with the LEAF, Nissan has packed a lot in! Especially when compared against other standard spec family hatchbacks. The elements that come as standard are features that you’d assume wouldn’t, they are all powered by electric and so could be seen as drains on the electric-only power supply. And as you know from secondary school science or dodgy phone batteries, the more power you extract from a battery the quicker it will run down. Not the case with the LEAF, Nissan engineers have worked their magic here.

Let’s Talk Running Costs

That leaves us with the running cost of these hatchbacks.

Comparing this element across the models it would appear to be a no-brainer. The LEAF wins hands down, you don’t pay road tax for the first year and this could save you £400. You don’t need to pay a London congestion charge, making it easier to commute in and around London. And it only cost 2p per mile, 2p! I mean that’s cheap.

That means if you have a 20 mile daily commute (average commute) it will cost you 40p per day to get to where you’re going and back. If we look at our other hatchbacks we can see they cost;

  • Ford Focus = £1.42 per day
  • Vauxhall Astra = £2 per day
  • VW Golf = £1.80 per day

We looked at calculating the cost of fuel for these vehicles against the LEAF but because fuel prices differ so much across the country, plus they fluctuate in price by day, we thought it wouldn’t be an accurate figure we could provide.

What we can tell you is, to fully charge a LEAF it will cost you £3.

So charging an electric car at home costs £3 for a full charge, an average overnight electricity rate is 10p per kWh, which means charging you electric car to full power is the equivalent of running a dishwasher cycle in the evening. Most of us don’t think twice about flicking the dishwasher on once dinner is done. It’s never a case of ‘this is going to cost me’, you would get the same feeling everytime you take your petrol or diesel car out. But, by converting to become an electric driver you won’t think twice about the running costs. You may even be able to cut your costs down further by utilising the free electric charging stations available across the UK.

 

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Golf Class


At Motor Blogger we like a car test. This time it’s the turn of the legend itself, Volkswagen’s highly regarded Golf Hatchback. In this case the model tested is the base, but not basic, S model fitted with the 1.2L TSI BlueMotion 105PS petrol engine driving through a six-speed manual gearbox. This model is a five-door.

The TSI engine combines direct injection with turbo charging that promises to maximize power from a smaller displacement while limiting fuel consumption. Meanwhile torque is available from much lower revs and maintained at most engine revolutions. This makes cars equipped with these engines more lively at lower revs, which in turn makes them more economical and cleaner.

Owners who regularly drive longer distances would probably be better served by the diesel options available for this car, but for lower mileages this modest version is hard to beat. VW reckon that in the combined cycle the Golf S can achieve as much as 57 miles to the gallon. We didn’t see that (40mpg to be precise) but then we didn’t perform any longer trips and the car was put through its paces on our evaluation cycle. We think that an overall average circa 50mpg is possible in the real world of motoring.1MB Golf Class

The traffic light charge to 62mph is achieved in a fairly brisk 10.2 seconds and, if you were allowed to do so, the 1.2L Golf can keep going to 119mph. The basic price is around £18500 although this particular car had some optional extras like alloy wheels – mobile casino the car comes with steel hoops as standard but you don’t want those – meaning the bottom line is about £20k. For what you get this is good value.

On this version all the expected safety features known only by their initials – ABS and the like – are all there in force and the price includes an excellent infotainment centre with Bluetooth, DAB, MP3, an SD card reader and much more. No satnav or reversing sensors at this price though. This doesn’t matter because the shape of the car makes it easy to park and you can always buy a navigation device or use a smartphone app.

Out on the road this classy car shows its value. Performance is perfectly adequate – this car is designed for economy after all – and good progress can be made. There’s a long third gear for ease of overtaking. The ride is, frankly, superb. Too soft for performance driving obviously, but very comfortable, as are the supportive seats. Steering is light at low speeds but weights up as speed increases; plus there is genuine feel to the steering sensation – the car feels safe and planted. It’s a Golf so build quality is as good as you would expect.  If family motoring matters more to you than performance or striking looks then there are few cars to rival it. When you shut the doors it sounds just like a Golf; it looks like a Golf so it must be a Golf.

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Ford Fiesta ST 2013 – The Most anticipated hot hatchback on the market


The new Ford Fiesta ST is arguably one of the most anticipated hot hatchbacks to arrive on the market this year. The Fiesta ST, the junior version to the Focus ST is set take the market by storm with its reasonable price tag, performance and style. With the upcoming Peugeot 208 GTI and Renault Sport Clio 200 due for release the market has never been closer but who will take pole position.

The Ford Fiesta ST is the cheapest option out of the three pricing at £2,000 lower than the Renault sport Clio 200 with the Peugeot 208 GTI a £100 cheaper than the Renault. This makes the Ford the best value for money and with Fords reputation of high quality expect reliability to come with the price tag. All boast a 1.6 litre turbo charged engine with the Fiesta ST using their Ecoboost engine providing 20% better fuel efficiency along with 15% reduced greenhouse emissions. The Renault Sport Clio 200 has the highest power with 197bhp; all models have had their performance vastly improved to appeal to the sporting drive.

The Ford Fiesta ST clearly sets itself apart from the modest Fiesta, a black mesh grill, chunkier bumpers, lowered suspension and 17-inch alloys creates a sporty persona for the usual family friendly car. Each hatchback has had a transformation of look and style; all becoming sleeker and leaner. It’s hard to pick out which model has the greatest looks, it could be argued that the Renault Clio has had the greatest change and seems to have benefited the most from this reinvention.

The Ford STs driving position is placed perfectly with the steering wheel and seats adjustable so the driver can ensure they have a comfortable driving position to suit them. Dab radio and air conditioning come as standard and £1000 extra will add leather trim seats, a higher spec stereo, LED headlights, keyless start and climate control. The Renault Clio comes with a 7 inch touch screen and electric folding door mirrors although this still may not justify the £2000 price difference.

The Ford Fiesta ST, Renault sport Clio 200 and the Peugeot 208 GTI are sure to be leading the way in the hot hatchback market. All are reasonably priced and will prove to be a popular choice with sporting enthusiasts but which will be the most popular? The Ford Fiesta ST seems to be the most eagerly anticipated but when all three are released onto the market a true verdict will be made.

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