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Nissan LEAF Shiro 39 kWh

Nissan LEAF Shiro 39 kWh

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Nissan LEAF Shiro 39 kWh
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Range (WLTP): 168 miles
Nissan LEAF Shiro 39 kWh


Nissan was well ahead of the game when it launched the LEAF back in 2010. A significant refresh was launched in 2018 and since then styling tweaks and battery updates have kept the LEAF in the sales charts.

Those battery improvements mean that the base LEAF gets a 39 kWh pack which is significantly bigger than the first generation’s 24 kWh, and coupled to a 147 bhp motor it delivers 0-62 mph in a respectable 7.9 seconds. However it does have a surprising appetite for electrons so this results in a 168 mile WLTP range which is less than you would expect and significantly worse than the class average. If you need more range, the 62 kWh battery option delivers 239 miles.

Despite the updates the LEAF does look a bit dated now, which reflects how long it has been around for. Unfortunately the interior is also showing its age as the general layout of the dashboard is functional but lacks real style and the buttons on the centre console look cheap. The instrument binnacle is also a curious combination of an analogue speedometer which a TFT screen beside it. It looks strange but is at least easy to read.

On the plus side, the LEAF has a roomy interior and a 435 litre boot which makes it practical. If you are planning to use public Rapid charging, Nissan’s decision to stick with the CHAdeMO rapid charge system is a significant negative as CCS has been adopted as the industry standard. It is also worth noting that the LEAF doesn’t like multiple Rapid charges in quick succession as the battery cooling system is less sophisticated than rivals.

The LEAF was a trailblazer in 2010 but it hasn’t been developed enough to keep pace with a rapidly evolving market. As a result it does lack polish, whilst the omission of a reach adjustable steering column is disappointing and can make it hard to get comfortable. It is competent in the handling department but it isn’t fun and range, efficiency, and charging capability have fallen off the pace. It retains a loyal customer base, but is now hard to recommend with significant competition in this class.


Read our full Nissan LEAF review


Estimated real world range: 100 150 miles
Official range: 168 miles
Official electricity consumption: 206 Wh/km
Battery pack: 40 kWh (gross) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty 75% of battery capacity remaining)
Recharge time: 240 v 16 hours; 6.6 kW charge 7.5 hours; 50 kW rapid (20-80%) 60 mins

Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.

Specifications Nissan LEAF Shiro 39 kWh

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: N/A
  • Fuel economy, urban: N/A
  • CO2 emissions: Officially 0 g/km. Average UK grid electricity approx 43 g/km (168 mile range); (100 mile range) 73 g/km
  • VED: £0 a year
  • Weight: 1580 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 2%
  • Price: £28,495
  • Insurance group: TBC
  • Power: 147 bhp
  • Max speed: (electronically limited) 90 mph
  • 0-62mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Torque: 236 lb ft