IEVS: Consumer Reports Not Impressed By 2018 Nissan LEAF
Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:04 pm
. . . According to Consumer Reports, the new LEAF offers little beyond an attractive price to distinguish it from its EV competitors so waiting for 60 kWh battery version (200+ miles) is advised.
There are several drawbacks to the current LEAF, mostly minor though:
“Our Leaf delivered power smoothly when accelerating from a standstill, but it ran out of oomph at highway speeds.
The mushy handling doesn’t inspire driver confidence, and the soft suspension can bottom out, sending a nasty thump to the cabin.
We found the SL’s powered driver’s seat to be comfortable, helped by the adjustable lumbar support. The Leaf is missing a telescoping steering column to accommodate drivers of all sizes, and the center console rubs against the driver’s knee, which can be annoying.
HIGHS: Low running costs, quietness, power delivery, access, standard automatic emergency braking
LOWS: Charging times, driving position, agility, ride”