For 2018, the Leaf is EPA-rated 151 miles of total range, with an energy consumption of 30 kWh for every 100 miles. One area where Nissan could’ve done better is MPGe, with the Leaf rated at 112 on the combined cycle (city/highway). That, in turn, makes the Volkswagen e-Golf, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, and Tesla Model 3 more efficient than the Leaf.
Before drawing any conclusions, bear in mind the value for money offered by each of these four contenders. The Ioniq Electric is the cheapest at $29,500 before federal tax incentive, with the Leaf coming in at $29,900. The $400 difference favors the Leaf, though, for its boasts more ponies from its electric drive unit and 27 more miles of EPA-rated driving range.
The e-Golf and Model 3 are in a different territory from the Ioniq Electric and Leaf, and that’s the gist of it. Yet another home run for Nissan, which manufactures the Leaf in three parts of the world: U.S., UK, and Japan.
Available in no less than three well-equipped trim levels, the second-generation Leaf will get even better for the 2019 model year with the introduction of a bigger battery pack. Capacity is expected to come in at 60 kWh, which will translate to 225-plus miles of range. And a more powerful motor. And 100-kW DC fast charging, in addition to other goodies.