Best Electric Cars: Nissan Leaf vs VW eGolf
Electric cars (EVs) are growing in popularity across the UK as an increasing number of drivers seek to reduce their impact on the environment.
Leading car manufacturers Nissan and Volkswagen have moved into the market with their own EVs: the Nissan Leaf and the Volkswagen e-Golf and we’ve compared them to help you in your search for an electric car.
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The Nissan Leaf is a more affordable option for anyone looking to invest in an electric vehicle when compared with many other models on the market. So it’s no surprise that it was Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle in 2018.
The Nissan Leaf features the latest in Intelligent Mobility design, such as the E-Pedal which allows you to accelerate, brake and come to a complete stop using a single pedal. In addition to the E-Pedal, there’s also Safety Shield Technology and the Around View Monitor.
Unlike most EVs, the VW eGolf has been manufactured in a range alongside petrol and diesel cars, rather than being a standalone model. There isn’t too much to separate it from the petrol and diesel models either, only a covered grille, blue detailing, LED lights and unique wheels being the only differentials.
eGolf vs Leaf
After looking at what these electric cars have to offer, we’re now going to compare their key features to help you find the right one for you.
Driving range is the distance you can travel on a single charge and when it comes to comparing these EVs, there’s only one winner: the Nissan Leaf. A Nissan Leaf with a full charge has a driving range of 168 miles compared to 144 miles for the egolf.
The key to an electric vehicle having a larger driving range than another model is often a result of the battery size.
With the Nissan Leaf having a much larger driving range, it’s not too much of a surprise to find out that it’s available with a larger battery capacity:
- Nissan Leaf: 40 kWh
- VW eGolf: 35.8 kWh
Acceleration and top speed
Acceleration and top speed aren’t exactly essential to know for domestic use but nonetheless, the Nissan Leaf is able to hit 62mph faster than the eGolf yet has a lower top speed.
|Electric Vehicle||Acceleration||Top Speed|
|Nissan Leaf Acenta||0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds||89.5mph|
|VW eGolf||0-62 mph in 9.6 seconds||93 mph|
One of the biggest considerations when it comes to any new car, not only EVs, is how much it will cost in the long run.
|EV||Battery capacity||Approximate cost to charge battery at 15p per kWh||Maximum range from a single charge||Approximate running cost per mile||Approximate running cost over 13,000 miles|
|Nissan Leaf||40||£6.00||168 miles||3.6p||£468|
|VW eGolf||35.8||£5.37||144 miles||3.7p||£481|
In the table above, we’ve worked out the potential running costs based on paying for electricity from a supplier but it’s possible to reduce the running costs of an electric vehicle right down to zero with solar panels. Doing so means that you won’t have to wait long to see a return on your investment.
Both the Nissan Leaf and the Volkswagen eGolf are covered by comprehensive warranties that will see that you’re covered long after purchase.
The Nissan Leaf is available with 3 different sizes of battery and the warranty will differ depending on which model you purchase.
|Electric Vehicle||Battery Warranty|
|Nissan Leaf (24 kWh)||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|Nissan Leaf (30kWh & 40 kWh)||8 years or 100,000 miles|
|Volkswagen e-Golf||8 years or 99,360 miles|
Both the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf are two of the more budget-friendly EVs currently available in the UK. The Nissan Leaf is available from £27,995 while the price of the Volkswagen e-Golf starts at £30,340 – both including the maximum Plug-in Car Grant of £3,500.
Nissan Leaf vs Volkswagen eGolf: Winner
The Nissan Leaf has a larger driving range, choice of battery sizes and potential lower upfront cost so for those reasons we’re crowning the Nissan Leaf as the winner of this head-to-head.
We’ve compared 2 electric vehicles in this comparison but there are many more available – compare the Best Electric Cars currently available in the UK.
Benefits of buying an electric vehicle
From zero emissions to low maintenance, there are a number of benefits that come with buying an electric vehicle:
- Produce zero emissions
- Prices continue to fall
- Maintenance is cheap and easy
- More public charging points are appearing
- Charge at home
- Very safe form of transport
- Avoid London Congestion Charges of up to £11.50 per day
- Run an EV for free with solar panels
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