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Nissan Leaf running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£28,440 - £34,890
Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalsAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
21-285yrs/60,000 miles1yr/18,000 milesFrom £114/£228

Although it's no longer at the cutting edge technology-wise, the Nissan Leaf remains a well priced electric family car, starting at just under £27,000 as of early 2022. Finance deals are competitive, so make sure that you check out monthly payments. And with Benefit-in-Kind tax fixed at just 2% on all electric cars until at least April 2024, the Leaf and its peers offer incredible value for company-car drivers. The cost of charging the Leaf will vary depending where you charge it and your electricity tariff. Most EV drivers charge their cars at home, so assuming you’re paying the average domestic rate of 19p per kWh, the Leaf will cost just under £8 to fully charge, while the e+ will be just under £12 – or less on off-peak rates.

Nissan Leaf insurance group

The Leaf starts in insurance group 21, which is only a little higher than the rating for a high-specification Ford Focus diesel. As such, 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 Leaf’s manufacturer warranty is pretty comprehensive. All electric drive components are covered by a five-year/60,000-mile guarantee, 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 (VED) in the UK, as they emit no carbon-dioxide at the tailpipe. The Leaf can also enter the London Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ) for free until 2025.

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