5 reasons not to buy a Nissan Leaf

5 reasons not to buy a Nissan Leaf


The Nissan Leaf was the best-selling electric car in Brazil in 2021 for several reasons. This, however, does not mean that the hatch of the Japanese brand is subject to criticism, or does not have points that can be improved.

And it accurately imagines what can be improved on a Japanese car that Canaltech listed are 5 reasons that might make you not buy a Nissan Leaf.

5. Independence

Despite having an “Eco” driving mode and an e-pedal system, which re-generates energy as soon as the driver takes his foot off the accelerator, without having to step on the brakes, the Nissan Leaf has freedom as one of its main strengths. problems.

At the same time that it is satisfactory for urban trips, where “going and stopping” is frequent, the freedom of 240 kilometers per charge becomes a limitation if the goal of the Nissan Leaf owner is to face the road, whatever it may be. .

After all, in road trips, the use of brakes is very little, and the tendency to accelerate more, more. Therefore, the freedom, which is not the best, is more spoiled, and the mission to reach the destination without looking for a place to pay can make the visit a little uncomfortable.

The Nissan Leaf performs well on urban circuits, but freedom is a problem when traveling (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

4. Parking brake

The second of the 5 reasons not to buy a Nissan Leaf is not unique to the Japanese model, and it is also present in cars like the Toyota Corolla Cross: the parking brake.

For both models, the parking brake must be applied with your foot. This addition, which in simple and cheap cars is already more direct and reasonable, in the form of a small button on the console, ends up being bad and fights with the good finish of the Nissan Leaf. Negative action for brands in this option.

The parking brake is a bad part of the Nissan Leaf (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

3. Adjusting the steering wheel and seats

Two more details that seem silly, but are necessary, especially in a car that is close to R $ 300 thousand and that can be a little dizzy in some things.

We are talking about the Nissan Leaf seat and steering wheel adjustment. The driver and passenger seats are adjustable for height and distance, but the controls are manual, not electric, like most cars in this price range.

As for the steering wheel, the lack of depth adjustment harms the ergonomics a bit, especially if the driver is tall and has long arms. Details that will certainly not add much to the final price of the car, but make a difference in the evaluation of the future buyer.

The adjustment of the armrest and the absence of a detailed option on the steering wheel were felt (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

2. Dashboard

The instrument panel of the Nissan Leaf is not bad, but the choice of an analog speedometer on the right side does not seem very logical (forgive the pun), especially because other information – and there are many – all appear in digital. Nissan Leaf screen on the left side of the pillar.

Nowadays, where the driver has to keep an eye on the cat and the other on the fish, or rather, one eye on the speedometer and the other on the street to avoid being fined for speeding, a digital display will greatly simplify the mission of walking within the limits set by the law.

Nissan Leaf’s dashboard could be completely digital (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)

1. Price

Rounding out the list of 5 reasons NOT to buy a Nissan Leaf is something that is not the original Japanese model, but which cannot fail to be mentioned: the price.

“Oh, but anyone who wants an electric car knows it’s expensive,” you might argue. Yes it does. The problem, in the specific case of Jani, is that it has remained unchanged since its launch in 2019. And the price, instead of falling, rose, from R $ 277,900 at that time to R $ 293, 7 thousand now.

Nissan Leaf is a good car, but it is still more expensive than when it was launched (Photo: Paulo Amaral/Canaltech)