2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh Review – Setting a New Standard for EVs

The 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh is one of many sprouting (excuse the pun) fully electric vehicles in the market that’s mostly catered for city driving and not planning to rival the performance of the Teslas. Vehicles of this type are mostly considered as economy cars in terms of efficiency but doesn’t quite give up a lot of creature comforts to consider in an econobox on steel rims. Simply put, economical electric vehicles have the dimensions of a city car to a compact sedan and are equipped with modest battery packs along with modest power outputs. Comparing current generation EVs are like apples to oranges, each EV has its own quirk going for it. In the case of the 2016 Leaf, it has a larger 30kWh battery pack promising 107 miles of range; a feat that has not yet been achieved by any of its current competitors.

2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh Review - Setting a New Standard for EVs

The 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh is Tiny, Quirky, and Efficient

Little has changed on the 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh from its introduction in 2011, most of the changes are under the hood such as refinements in handling, efficiency and the big change for 2016; the larger battery. Under the hood is a 107hp motor that powers the front wheels mated to a 1 speed direct drive. The dimensions of the Leaf make it apparent that it’s a city car and 107miles of range while better, isn’t a safe range to be doing some cross country driving.

On the inside, the 2016 Leaf 30kWh being considered as an economy car in terms of its purpose, does not show and economy car vibes on the inside. The digital gauge cluster is full color and has intuitive animations to show the energy efficiency of the Leaf including its range, driving modes, navigation among many. Unlike some cars in the competition, the Leaf is designed to be an EV from the ground up meaning it’s not a reworked petrol-based vehicle in order to accommodate the motors and battery packs. The result is an efficient cabin with decent room at the back given the dimension of the Leaf as well as 24 cubic feet of cargo space.

Driving the 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh, despite the instantaneous torque delivered by electric motors, acceleration is by no means up to Tesla levels of acceleration, in fact it’s pretty mediocre even when compared to petrol-based vehicles. 0-60 is clocked at 10 seconds and soft suspension paired with low rolling-resistance rubber hold back the Leaf when it comes to lively driving.


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