2019 Nissan Leaf SL plus EV: When Plus means more

By Auto Reviewman

The fully electric powered Nissan Leaf 5-door hatchback walked with AJAC (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada_ award for 2019 Green Car of the Year, an award added to a growing list of accolades for the new Nissan LEAF, including the 2018 World Green Car of the Year.

Recently, a model with a new powertrain joined the lineup: the Nissan LEAF Plus which offers increased power and up to 243 kilometers of range. The LEAF Plus has an upgraded 62 kWh battery pack and 160 kW electric motor, combining for a horsepower output of 214 and 250 lbs.-ft of torque. EV driving range is up to an impressive 363- 390 Km on a single charge (Depending of course, on driving style, and terrain). Remember there is no gas engine and the Leaf’s charge port options include standard Level 1 and Level 2 (120V/240V), at right, and a high output quick charge (up to 100kW). Thanks to the available new 70 kW (100 kW peak) Quick Charging system, the Leaf Plus can charge more efficiently than ever. The supplied portable charge cable features plugs for 120V and 240V charging (Level 1 and 2). Official Fuel economy equates to .0/2.4 City/Hwy L/100 km.

Interior wise the LEAF plus cabin is large, roomy and versatile many of the controls are very similar to the previous generation Leaf. Equipment and technology levels are high and there is a Vibrant blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, seats and instrument panel to delineate its green credentials.  There is generous headroom, an oddly shaped yet adequate 23.6 cubic feet of cargo area, and plenty of cabin space and flexibility. Split-folding rear seats add even further versatility.  

On the road the Leaf Plus is very quick on acceleration, and it’s a super smooth glide like ride with very good suspension set for comfort. The e-Pedal setting is very handy which when engaged and allows you to accelerate, decelerate and stop by using the accelerator pedal alone. Another piece of technology is Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, an in-lane semi-autonomous driving technology that can automatically adjust the distance to the vehicle ahead and also help steer and keep the vehicle centred in its lane. The LEAF Plus is a tad expensive, but there are more-affordable LEAFs starting at $41,698.  Whichever model you buy, you will not come away disappointed. An award winner and rightly so. Highly recommended.

2019 Nisan LEAF plus priced from: $42,698- Price as tested with options freight and PDE $51,748.    More info at www.nissan,ca