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Nissan Leaf running costs

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

Rating
Running costs Rating
Price
£29,790 - £37,655
Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervals2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
21-285yrs / 60,000 miles1yr / 18,000 milesFrom £0 / £0

The Nissan Leaf had its price cut at the end of 2019, while its nemesis the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona have both had prices increased, so the Nissan now looks like usefully better value. Of course, it's worth checking out the MG ZS EV for even better value purchase costs, but by any standard the Leaf is now looking well priced. Finance deals are competitive, so make sure that you check out monthly payments before assuming the Nissan is pricier.

With Benefit in Kind tax rates on electric cars dropped to zero for the 2020/21 tax year, and with only a small rise set for the year after, the Leaf and all of its peers are set to 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 electric-car drivers charge their cars at home, so assuming you’re paying the average domestic utility price of 14p per kWh of electricity, the Leaf will cost just over £5 to fully charge, while the e+ will come in at just under £9. With our real-world ranges of 160 and 210 miles respectively, it’s safe to say that you’ll be paying around 4p per mile for motoring in the Leaf – or less if you charge using off-peak rates.

Nissan Leaf insurance group

The Nissan Leaf starts in 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 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 higher value on them.

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