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Could Nissan’s entry level LEAF be a game changer? Quite possibly, yes |

Back in 2011, Nissan began UK sales of its first all-electric car, the LEAF hatchback. Costing a cool £25,000 after a £5,000 government grant, the original LEAF – only available in one trim level – came with a high dose of high-tech alongside its muesli-munching, Japanese-made, tree-loving credentials.
The LEAF’s family tree was broadened when Nissan moved production from Japan to Sunderland earlier this year, adding a base-level LEAF which lacked some of the geek-obsessed tech found in the original version, and an even more advanced high-trim model with more gadgets than you can shake an iPad at.

The three LEAFs – Visia, Acenta, and Tekna – would, Nissan hoped, make the car more affordable and appealable to buyers.
The base grade Visia is certainly a lot more affordable than the first generation LEAF, yours for £20,990 after government incentives, or £15,990 if you opt to rent the car’s battery pack from Nissan instead of buying it with the car.
But is it good enough to be a game changer? I think so. Here’s why.


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