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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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Nissan LEAF drivers racing towards one billion kilometres


The LEAF is Nissan’s first fully electric car and the owners of the LEAF are quickly approaching the one billion kilometres driven milestone.

As part of this accomplishment Nissan have created a number of animated stories, the first one being made around a Spanish taxi driver called Roberto San Jose. Roberto bought his LEAF in October 2011 and has covered 62,000 miles (100,000 km) making a large contribution to the aim of one billion LEAF miles. There are a number of other LEAF owners who have had these animations designed around them. Vito Mondelli, who resides in Bari in Italy decided to make a 100km trip to a charming town called Taranto. He was mocked by his friends as they didn’t believe he would make it in one charge of the LEAF’s electric engine, he proved them wrong. Nissan have also announced that they are making further animations based around Laura Farina, the first ever Nissan LEAF owner from Italy, and Sue Terry and Darren Golder from the United Kingdom. These animations describe how making the transition to an electric car has changed their lives for the better.

The LEAF being 100% electric leaves no trail of CO2 behind it when driving; you don’t have to pay congestion charges (London), road tax, of benefit-in-kind for businesses. With sat nav, rear view camera and climate control the LEAF is also not compromised of gadgets. The Carwings telematics SatNav system cleverly tells you the exact amount of energy that will be required to get to your desired destination, on top of this it also tells you where the nearest charging point it for increased ease of use. If its peace and comfort you are after look no further than the Nissan LEAF, at 21 decibels because the LEAF is 100% electric it statistically makes less noise than a crying baby (95db) and a ceiling fan (26db), ensuring you travel in comfort and silence.

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What Makes the New Qashqai 2014 the World’s Most Parkable Car?


To help position the highly anticipated 2014 Qashqai as the ultimate urbanvehicle, Nissan has boldly branded it as the “world’s most parkable car” – but is it? We think so!

The model’s new advanced Park Assist System, which is an add-on for the Around View Monitor, has the unique ability to measure the size of the open parallel parking space and then steer the car carefully into it.

Spaces only need to be 80cm longer than the car itself, with the driver only required to move the car forward and back in order to position it into even the tightest city parking spots. The system is also able to pick up moving objects and provide the driver with a 360 degree view of the space around them. Even bay parking is a breeze when activating the ‘helicopter view’ mode of the Around View Monitoring, which can detect the white lines of parking bays to steadily steer the car into position.

In addition, the new Qashqai is fitted with a high pressure water jet and compressed air nozzle to keep the rear view camera clean and clear so that it can be used effectively at all times.

Earlier this month the 2014 Nissan Qashqai was crowned Best Car of the Year as well as Best Small SUV by What Car?, adding further to its highly acclaimed reputation of being one of the most impressive and awaited cars of this year so far. Easy on the eye and easy to park, there’s no wondering why the Qashqai is currently the best-selling Nissan in the UK.

The new range of models includes the Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna, with a choice of four turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options available withstop-start technology for improved fuel economy and low C02 emissions ratings.

The Smart Vision Pack can be added to the Visia and Acenta models and comes standard on Acenta Premium and Tekna models, featuring Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Front Collision Avoidance.

For more details and great deals on the new Nissan Qashqai, visit www.westwaynissan.co.uk.

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