The Nissan Leaf has been around for a decade now, but this test drive was to be my first experience in an all-electric vehicle (EV). I was expecting to be in for a steep learning curve but was surprised to find that after the first few minutes of driving, you forget that you’re even driving an EV.

Apart from not hearing an engine idling away when you’re stopping and starting, I can’t say there is much difference at all in the basic experience. Its responsiveness when you press down on the accelerator or apply the brakes feels just like a regular Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). It was a straightforward transition.

If you’re upgrading from a low tech car that’s 10+ years old, you’ll be amazed by the advanced safety, navigation, and entertainment systems included in most modern vehicles as standard. The Leaf comes equipped with excellent safety features like Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control that keeps you at a safe distance from the car in front of you, and lane sensing alerts the warn you when you’re veering out of your lane.

The entertainment system pumps all the quality of its Bose audio unit and has wireless connectivity for your devices. The navigation system is simple to operate, and the large touch screen display is easy to read.
It’s a compact car that looks and feels great whether you’re zipping around the suburb or driving into work. Charging is a simple plug-in connection that I could imagine users getting into the habit of recharging in the same way they do their smartphone.

Motorama Nissan at Hillcrest has the new 2020 model Leaf available for you to test drive. So make a booking and find out for yourself how simple it is to switch to an EV.

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