The first round of test drives of the production Nissan Leaf is over and the overwhelming majority of reviews are extremely positive. Autocar, well known for its in-depth and often critical reviews, walked away with smiles after piloting the Leaf around the track. We can't say that the final verdict is in just yet, but we'd like to think that the glowing reviews of the Leaf are a sign that Nissan got it right.
Autocar had a lot to talk about after driving the Leaf, but we'll just touch on a few of the highlights. Autocar notes that the Leaf is not very photogenic, but looks quite good in person. Touching on power, the reviewer believes that the Leaf's off-the-line punch is as good as any V6 out there, but notes that acceleration quickly falls off as the Leaf's speed rises. For those with sporty handling high on their priority list, the Leaf should not disappoint, according to Autocar:
We remember smiling as we took our first corner, because the Leaf handles with surprising poise and purpose of mission. With the heavy battery pack positioned nice and low in the platform, the Nissan turns in with precision and well-weighted steering while exhibiting almost no body roll and no understeer. Ride quality was firm and comfortable...the Leaf's brakes deliver excellent stopping power.
Reading the words of praise above, we were almost positive that some clerical error led Autocar to erroneously paste part of a Porsche 911 piece into the Leaf review, but that's not the case. In fact, the reviewer dishes out even more praise by closing with, "If you don't drive more than 70 or 80 miles a day, then the Leaf might just be the perfect planet-friendly transport for you." That claim is exactly what Nissan has pushed on us since day one.[Source: Autocar]