Published on May 15th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Nissan Leaf 2023 Model Test Drive Review And Analysis
Why are Malaysian EV buyers not test driving this Nissan Leaf
The latest version of the Nissan Leaf is an impressive electric vehicle (EV) that combines eco-friendly driving with cutting-edge technology. Launched in March this year, its appeal has been over-shadow by brand new Chinese made electric vehicles coming into Malaysia at very attractive prices.
In this test drive review, we will explore the key features, performance and overall driving experience of this latest version of Nissan’s emission free family car.
Whether you are an environmentally-conscious driver or simply looking for low cost, efficient and reliable car, this review will provide you with some idea of what the Leaf promises and delivers.
LEAF Key Features
This latest Nissan Leaf comes with a host of safety features and build quality that stands tall in the segment.
Yes, its has a driving range of about 300 kilometers on a full charge, which is ideal for daily commuting and even inter-state trips if you plan your journey and battery charging.
The Leaf’s quick-charging capability allows you to recharge up to 80 percent in just 40 minutes, making it convenient for road trips.
This Nissan Leaf delivers decent performance thanks to its electric powertrain. The instant torque from the electric motor provides responsive acceleration, making it a joy to drive in urban traffic.
The Leaf’s low center of gravity, thanks to the positioning of the battery pack, enhances stability and handling, resulting in a smooth and controlled ride. The regenerative braking system also adds to the driving experience, allowing for increased energy recapture and extending the vehicle’s range.
Step inside this Nissan Leaf, and you will find a thoughtfully designed cabin that offers comfort and convenience. The spacious interior comfortably seats five passengers, and the soft-touch materials and modern design elements create a welcoming atmosphere.
The Zero Gravity leather clad front seats provide excellent support, ensuring a comfortable ride on long journeys. The infotainment system features a user-friendly interface, with smartphone integration and it is now Apple Carplay and Android Auto ready.
Safety is a top priority in this Nissan Leaf, which is equipped with an array of advanced safety features. The safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, providing peace of mind on the road.
LEAF Driving Experience
Behind the wheel, this Nissan Leaf offers a smooth and quiet ride, characteristic of electric vehicles.
The responsive acceleration and seamless power delivery make city driving easy, while the Leaf’s agility and precise steering contribute to a confident driving experience. The one-pedal driving mode allows you to accelerate and decelerate using just the accelerator pedal, adding to the overall efficiency and convenience of the Leaf.
We think this Nissan Leaf is a standout choice in the ever-growing EV market, offering decent reliable driving range, advanced technology, and an enjoyable driving experience at just RM168,888. You get an 8-year Lithium-Ion battery warranty (or 160,000km) and a 3-year vehicle warranty (or 100,000km).
It is a sensible EV for those seeking a practical and sustainable mode of transportation without the worry of after sales and reliability rating as the Nissan Leaf has been a tried and tested EV in Europe and North America (more than 250,000 built and delivered in the UK alone) for over a decade.
Nissan Leaf Specifications
Motor: 110kW AC Synchronous Electric Motor
Drive Mode: e-Pedal
0-100km/h: 7.9 seconds
Top Speed: 155km/h
Battery Range: 311km/h
Selling Price: RM168,888