Next Green Car – Small Family Car Awards 2017
Small Family Car WINNER
Nissan LEAF 40 kWh – CO2 0 g/km – NGC Rating 26
In the green car world, there is nothing quite so newsworthy as a new Nissan LEAF. The all-new model sees a larger battery pack improve range up to a quoted 235 miles, while the LEAF bristles with technology to help make driving both easier and more efficient. The family hatchback sees a more 'normal' design on this second-generation version, yet the Leaf remains a distinctive car to look at. New charging options will likely make life easier for customers, and the LEAF has a long list of followers that are sure to make the new model a sales success; that's before you consider the large number of new EV drivers the Leaf is likely to draw into the market. With the previous version having lost ground to a number of rivals, Nissan has delivered the goods with the new generation, putting the Leaf firmly up amongst the class leaders again. Priced from £26,490 (inc Category 1 OLEV grant).
NGC verdict: "A new Nissan LEAF is a big deal, and the Japanese firm has delivered on every attribute required to take its best-selling model back to the top of its class. The long range available is going to make the LEAF an attractive proposition for many, as is the new premium styling. Add in the extensive equipment on offer and the new LEAF looks set to fly off the forecourts."
Had the Leaf been delayed for even a few weeks, the VW e-Golf would have easily won the NGC Awards 2017 Small Family category - and taken the title by a distance. The new e-Golf makes the most of a significantly increased electric driving range, with up to 186 miles on a single charge quoted. Improved styling and equipment makes the e-Golf a more attractive proposition too, and the changes all add up to one of the best EVs on the market. It's got all the attributes that make the Golf such a good car, but with a flexible and easy to use electric powertrain, that can cope with long-distance driving easily. It's a shame there can't be a joint winner, because the e-Golf drops into the Commended place by the shortest of short heads. Priced from £27,690 (inc Category 1 OLEV grant).