Volkswagen ID.3 vs Nissan Leaf: verdict and specifications
The Volkswagen ID.3 feels like the next step for electric family car; the Nissan Leaf has now been left behind
The family car will change dramatically over the coming years, and the Volkswagen ID.3 – and to some extent, the Nissan Leaf – show where it’s going. These cars are super-quiet, comfortable and cheap to run. Crucially, they don’t produce tailpipe emissions, which will become more and more important as time goes by.
The Volkswagen is a look at the future, with its high-tech interior, comfortable and composed driving experience and super-fast charging, while the Nissan now seems like a ‘first look’ at electric-car technology that's falling behind newer products.
1st: Volkswagen ID.3
The ID.3 is quick, quiet, comfortable, full of technology and very cheap to run – all of which means it’s a superb family car. It has plenty of usable range, and with even longer-range variants coming soon, that point will get even better. It’s also really spacious for passengers and has lots of clever technology on board. It’s just a shame the interior isn’t higher quality, and we'd like a few more physical buttons on the dashboard.
2nd: Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf showed us what the future of the car would be when it first arrived, and this second-generation model improved the formula. It’s now feeling dated, though: the technology inside is lacking and it’s not as comfortable nor as good to drive as the Volkswagen. It’s cursed with a poor driving position and has less passenger space than its newest rival, too.
|Car||Volkswagen ID.3 1ST Plus||Nissan Leaf e+ Tekna|
|Monthly finance (PCP)||£539||£450|
|Motor||Single electric motor||Single electric motor|
|Transmission||Single-speed, rear-wheel drive||Single-speed, front-wheel drive|
|Battery capacity (total / usable)||62 / 58kWh||62 / 56kWh|
|Power / torque||201bhp / 310Nm||214bhp / 340Nm|
|0-62mph||7.3 seconds||6.9 seconds|
|100% charge cost at 14p/kWh||£8.35||£8.06|
|Charge time (socket/wallbox/50kW/100kW)||9h 15m / 6h15m / 57m / 30m||10h / 10h / 62m / 35m|
|Official electric range||260 miles||239 miles|
|On-test MPG / electric range||203 miles||207 miles|
|Road tax / BiK rate||£0 / 0%||£0 / 0%|
|Length / width / height / wheelbase||4,261 / 1,568 / 1,809 / 2,770mm||4,490 / 1,545 / 1,788 / 2,700mm|
|Boot capacity (seats up/down)||385 / 1,267 Iitres||420 / 1,176 litres|
In This Review
- 1IntroCan Volkswagen’s electric newcomer, the ID.3, match the well established Nissan Leaf? Read our twin test to find out
- 2Range & chargingThese cars have similar battery sizes, but charging the Volkswagen ID.3 is more convenient
- 3Performance & handlingStrong performance from both cars means they’re good to drive, but the Volkswagen is more grown-up
- 4Space & practicalityThe Nissan Leaf has a bigger boot, but passengers will have more room inside the Volkswagen ID.3
- 5Interior & infotainmentModern-feeling interior means the Volkswagen edges ahead of the Nissan despite some quality issues
- 6Running costs & warrantyDecent efficiency and easy charging mean both of these electric cars are cheap to run
- 7Safety & reliabilityReliability of new models such as the ID.3 is tough to predict, but the Leaf has a strong reputation already
- 8Verdict & specifications - currently readingThe Volkswagen ID.3 feels like the next step for electric family car; the Nissan Leaf has now been left behind