Nissan Leaf running costs

The Nissan Leaf is affordable to buy and also one of the cheapest hatchbacks to run

Insurance group Warranty Service intervals 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
21-26 5yrs / 60,000 miles 1yr / 18,000 miles From £1,006.08 / £2,012.16

The Nissan Leaf range starts at just under £28,000 for the Acenta trim, but don’t forget all models in the line-up are eligible for the government’s plug-in car grant, which lops £3,500 off the price straight away for private buyers.

While the Nissan is thousands more than the equivalent Kia e-Niro according to brochure prices, finance deals are competitive, so make sure that you check out monthly payments before assuming the Nissan is pricier.
 
Company-car drivers will still be hit with the full P11D value, but a low Benefit-in-Kind rate and low running costs will compensate.
 
The cost of charging the Leaf will vary depending where you charge it, and your electricity tariff. Most electric car drivers charge their cars at home, so assuming you’re paying the average price of 14p per kWh of electricity, the Leaf will cost £5.60 to fully charge, while the e+ will come in at £8.68.

With our real-world range of 160 miles and 210 miles respectively, it’s safe to say that you’ll be paying around 4p per mile – or less if you charge using off-peak rates.

Nissan Leaf insurance group

All versions of the Nissan Leaf fall into insurance group 21, which is only a little higher than the rating for a high-specification Ford Focus diesel. As such, insurance premiums should be reasonable for most drivers.

Nissan offers its own insurance policies, which come with a range of benefits, but you can use your own insurance provider if you prefer. As with any car insurance policy, you should shop around for the best deal.

Warranty

The Nissan Leaf’s warranty is pretty comprehensive. All electric drive components are covered by a five-year/60,000-mile warranty, but ‘standard’ components are only covered for three years/60,000 miles. The warranty can be extended for an extra fee.

There’s also a lithium-ion battery warranty, which protects against capacity loss for eight years or 100,000 miles. The policy will kick in if the maximum capacity drops below nine bars, out of the 12 that are displayed on the Leaf’s screen.

Servicing

The Nissan Leaf needs to be serviced every 18,000 miles. Those intervals are spread further than for many petrol or diesel cars, due to the smaller number of moving parts in an electric car.

Although you can have your Leaf serviced wherever you like in accordance with Nissan’s schedule to keep the warranty valid, the reality is that relatively few independent garages are geared up to work on electric cars.

To mitigate this, Nissan offers a service contract. It also provides a number of useful incentives to encourage you to keep servicing your car at one of its dealers, including free breakdown cover.

Road tax

Electric cars are currently exempt from road tax, as they emit no carbon-dioxide at the tailpipe.

Depreciation

As with many electric cars, depreciation – the value a car loses over time – is a case of who to believe.

One well respected price guide puts the value retained over the first three years and 36,000 miles at around 34%. Dealers seem to disagree, and place a far higher value on them.