2015 Nissan Leaf electric

MSRP $29,010 - $35,120

Ranked #1 in Hatchback

7.8

Overall Rating

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Beautiful and flamboyantly styled, one of the best selling cars across the globe, and the heart of this car is electric motors!! Yes and there it is the beating heart of an element that makes the hair stand up. Look closely at Nissan’s product lineup, the Leaf is a very unique and different offering. It is more flamboyant and curving than many other cars from the maker and has a less functional exterior.

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Pros

A silent and spacious cabin

Good features

Cons

Very poor acceleration

What's New?

Braking has been made more aggressive

New 17” wheels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29010

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

93 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

107 hp

torque

187 lb.-ft.

transmission

1 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent frnt strut suspensin w/anti-rll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear trsin beam suspensin w/anti-rll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

175 in.

width

69.7 in.

height

61 in.

curb weight

3256 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

30 cu ft.

payload capacity

950 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

12.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$29,010 onwards

SV$32,000 onwards

SL$35,120 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Nissan Leaf electric in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The new Nissan Leaf starts at a price of $29,010.This is a mass-market purely battery-electric car and does not have any self-recharging or range-extending generator on board. At the price point the Nissan is placed, this five-seat compact electric hatchback goes against the rivals like Volkswagen E-Golf and the Ford Focus Electric.


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2015 Nissan Leaf electric Features

8.5/10

The Nissan leaf is offered in three different trims across various close but different price points the base S model starts at $29,010 and has a 24kWh battery. The SV trim priced at $32,000 is offered with the same battery but with a better 6.6kWh charger than the 3.6kWh charger on the S trim and finally at $35,120 comes the range-topping SL trim with the same battery pack but more features that can be considered premium.

Trim

S

SV

SL

MSRP

$29,010

$32,000

$35,120

Key Features

3.6 kW charger

6.6 kW charger

Leather-appointed seats

 

16" Steel wheels with wheel covers

Optional fog lamps

Aerodynamic LED low-beam headlights

 

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)

NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps with 7" touch-screen monitor

Automatic on/off headlights 

 

Heated front seats

Six speakers

Fog lights

 

Steering wheel-mounted cruise control

NavTraffic and NavWeather provided by SiriusXM

HomeLink Universal Transceiver

 

Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

17" Aluminum-alloy wheels

Photovoltaic solar-panel rear spoiler

 

NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and 4.3" color display

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated rear seats

We Recommend

We would likely recommend the SV trim that stands between the most basic and the most equipped models, the reasons would not seem too deep as the feature-rich SL trim might draw more juice from the battery and the basic S trim just is too basic. The price seems satisfactory and the faster charger is an added advantage.

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Leaf does not have an engine in particular since it is an electric car but it rather comes equipped with an 80kW AC electric motor paired to a 24 kWh Li-ion battery that is mated 1-speed direct-drive transmission. The motor is capable of producing 107hp and 187lb-ft of torque. The car has a top speed of 84mph. 

Model

Nissan Leaf S 

Volkswagen e-Golf SEL

Ford Focus Electric

MSRP

$29,010

$35,445

$29,170

Engine

80 kW AC synchronous electric motor

85 kW AC synchronous electric motor

107-kW electric motor

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Power

107 hp

115 hp 

160 hp 

Torque

187 lb-ft

199 ft-lbs

146 ft-lbs

0-60 mph (seconds)

10.4

9.1

9.9

Quarter-mile (mph)

N/A

16.9

17.2

Top Speed (mph)

84

87

84

The Focus Electric turns out to be the most powerful car-producing 160hp and 146lb-ft, which is followed by the Volkswagen with a 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The E-Golf is the fastest from 0-60 with an acceleration time of 9.1 seconds and then comes the Ford Focus with a time of 9.9 seconds to reach 60 while the Leaf takes a sluggish 10.4 seconds.

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Leaf is quite an efficient car that is returning 126 units per full charge and this is in the city, however, on the highway the returns come down to 101 and this results in a range of 84 miles. The Leaf S has a 24 kWh battery, the upper two trims come with a stronger 6.6 kW charger. The charger is made more powerful and the battery remaining the dance across the trims might not feel very useful to many but the advantage of faster charging using the bigger charger might be something that saves time. However, the chargers can be exchanged between neighbors using different trims of the same car, or replicas of such can be found in the markets just like every other Electronic gadget available.

Model

Nissan Leaf S 

Volkswagen e-Golf

Ford Focus Electric

eMPG (City) (mpg)

126

126

110

eMPG (Highway) (mpg)

101

105

100

eMPG (Combined) (mpg)

114

116

105

Battery Capacity 

24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery

24.2 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery

23-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery

Combined Range (miles)

84

83

76

The E-Golf comes with a bigger battery pack of 24.2 kWh than both the Ford Focus and the Nissan Leaf has a 24kWh while the Ford comes with a very small 23kWhbattery which gives it a range of only 76 miles. The Leaf has a smaller battery than the Golf but travels farther than the Golf can. The bigger battery on the Golf helps us to go a bit faster than the other cars here but the Nissan Leaf limits speed and increases the range.

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Interior

9.0/10

The Leaf has a spacious cabin and the battery pack is smartly placed underneath the cabin in order to make no compromises in the cabin space. The inside features cloth-trimmed seats in the lower variants, while the higher-end trims get leather-covered seats. There is ample headroom available for taller people; the Leaf has a cargo capacity of 23.6 cu-ft, which is pretty good considering the segment.

Model

Nissan Leaf S 

Volkswagen e-Golf

Ford Focus Electric

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.2/54.3/42.1

38.4/55.9/41.2

38.3/55.6/43.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/52.5/33.3

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.9/53.7/33.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

23.6

22.8

14.5

The Ford Focus offers the most space on the inside which is followed by the Volkswagen Golf and then the Leaf. The E-Golf offers the most legroom in the rear while the other two offer lesser legroom. The Leaf however offers the most cargo space with 23.6 cu-ft and then is followed by the E-Golf which provides 22.8cu-ft last comes the Ford with the least cargo space of 14.5cu-ft. The important interior features include-

  • 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat
  • 4-way manually adjustable front passenger’s seat
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 60/40 Split fold-down rear seats
  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

How intuitive is the 2015 Nissan Leaf’s infotainment unit?

The Leaf comes with a 7” multi-touch control system with inbuilt navigation and infotainment. The base trim comes with four speakers, there is a six-speaker system offered in the middle spec and the top trim comes with Bose speaker system. Other important infotainment features include-

  • Nissan Navigation System with 7.0" multi-touch control color monitor
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
  • NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile App
  • Four or Six speakers
  • Bose audio system with AM/FM/CD 
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month trial subscription 
  • Auxiliary audio input jack
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Exterior

9.0/10

The Nissan leaf for this year looks just like its previous iteration. It still has the potential to be disliked from the outside thanks to the bizarre headlamps in the front and the weird mix of the hatchback look with a sedan boot and the cargo area of the car seems to be outside the car itself. The car has a peculiar and shouting-out appearance and offers something different from its rivals that follow the traditional car styling.

Model

Nissan Leaf S 

Volkswagen e-Golf

Ford Focus Electric

Curb Weight (lbs)

3243

3391

3622

Length (in.)

175.0

168.1

172.9

Width (in.)

69.7

70.8

71.8

Height (in.)

61.0

57.1

58.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.3

5.0

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

103.6

104.3

The lightest car is the Leaf with a weight of 3,243 lbs and the E-Golf comes next with a weight of 3391 lbs the heaviest car of the lot at 3622 lbs is the Ford. The Leaf also has the longest wheelbase with 175” and the Volkswagen is the shortest with 168.1” however the Ford comes in between with 172.9” of length. Highlight exterior features of the sedan are-

  • Aerodynamic LED low-beam headlights 
  • Automatic on/off headlights 
  • Fog lights 
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers 
  • Chrome door handles 
  • Aerodynamic underbody cover and rear diffuser 
  • Dual power body-color heated outside mirrors
  • Front UV-reducing solar glass

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Safety

8.0/10

The new Leaf has a lot of features issued as standard like the Nissan Advanced Airbag System, seat belt and occupant classification sensors, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection. The brakes too are really good as the car can come to a stop from 60mph in just 126 ft. Major safety features include-

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS) 
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) 
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones 
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System 
  • Vehicle Security System 
  • Available 360-degree camera

2015 Nissan Leaf electric Final Verdict

The Nissan Leaf is a really good alternative to the constantly growing Electric car market, it has a good range to offer but that might be all there is. The car is not too spacious on the inside and is not the most powerful or the fastest and as per your guesses you might be better off with the E-Golf that has more power, better interior, and more features and quality even though it is more expensive.