The Nissan Leaf is the world’s top selling EV nameplate. That’s because they’ve been selling the Leaf since 2010. Nissan has a strong presence with electric cars in the past, however, not much has been provided for the Middle East. For instance, the only version available in the Middle East is the 40kWh battery pack version coming in one-standard trim – which was launched only in Jordan in January 2020. Nissan has been delaying the launch of the 60 kWh version as it will not properly function in current climates.
In terms of looks, the Nissan Leaf looks great. It stands out and looks like a nice EV hatch.
For now, it is the best EV for price in Jordan as the Tesla Model 3 is yet to officially launch there. We’re assuming that the Model 3 standard range plus model (with 50kWh battery) will be in the same price range. Once that is available, then Nissan need to up their game and get the 60kWh version road worthy.
There is an 8-year and 160,000 km warranty on the battery. This is surely enticing and makes up for the difference in cost compared to grey market imports (especially in Jordan). We strongly recommend that you buy this car from the authorized dealer, and not be tempted for a cheaper used version from a used car dealer. If something happens to the battery, it’ll cost you almost the entire vehicle value to fix or replace.
Motor and Performance
Not much to say here as the current option available does not give you that exorbitant performance – can we even say performance? Well, it takes you a long 7.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h. Now we know that whoever buys this car is not looking to race it along the highway, but the other versions available outside the Middle East do deliver.
On the upside, it does come with e-pedal – meaning, you can practically drive it using just the accelerator pedal. This feature allows the driver to switch between regenerative braking modes. So, you can lift your foot of the pedal and the car will keep on rolling, when the other dramatically slows the car and uses that energy to recharge the battery.
The car has four driving modes that allows you to conveniently switch from super energy saving to battery draining performance.
Battery and Charging
As previously mentioned, the Nissan Leaf for the Middle East currently comes with one option only, the 40kWh battery pack. This will give you a normal range of about 370 km, enough to get you around the city. You will definitely need to keep this plugged in wherever you park though.
Charging time is around 7.5 hours to get this from 0 to full capacity on normal charging, however using rapid charging can get you around 80% capacity in about 40 minutes.
The 2020 Nissan Leaf also has Energy Share – meaning, you can transfer built up energy back to a source, like your home or office. With a 40 kWh battery pack, not sure you’ll have enough juice to supply your toaster.
Interior and Space
Just like its close competitor, the Chevrolet Bolt, the Nissan Leaf available in the one trim is full of hard plastic. However, the seats are quite comfy with lots of legroom – quite generous in fact. There is decent amount of luggage space in the back, even though the backseats don’t fold down for a flat load floor.
This Nissan Leaf comes with many Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, but not in the Middle East. Nope, we don’t get the fancy driver assist and safety technologies available by the manufacturer. We are given an 8-inch infotainment system and a few normal features, that I must say are not ‘intelligent’, but of course useful. You get the Intelligent Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, High-Beam Assist, and Intelligent Lane Departure Warning.
2020 Nissan Leaf (40kWh) Availability
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