Both of these small cars are ideal for around town shopping. Nissan is a company renowned for its engineering innovation and this is seen in fuel economy. Take the petrol engines in the Note. The entry-level is a three-cylinder 1.2-litre 80PS unit producing around 60 mpg. You can also buy a version of this engine, the 1.2-litre DIG-S, with a supercharger that boosts power to 98PS. Should you prefer, you can also get a 90PS 1.5-litre diesel engine which has a fuel economy of 78.5 mpg.
The Note has unique steering, suspension and chassis settings. The 1.2-litre DIG-S model has further dynamic tweaks for an even more engaging driving experience.
The new 30kW Nissan LEAF is not only as spacious as any other traditional family car, it offers dynamic acceleration, improved torque and speeds that match. 100% electric vehicles are also cheaper, quieter and have zero emissions. The 30 kW version has a working range of up to 155 miles.
It features a futuristically styled split-level dashboard, with blue-tinted graphics that look pretty conventional until you peer closer and find that they're primarily geared towards advising you just how much further you can go before a charging top-up is needed. The graphics advise you of your success in regenerating electricity and there's an eco-indicator to display the status of electricity consumption, with little tamaguchi-like trees growing on the display, depending upon how frugally you're driving.
As a Nissan LEAF owner the potential cost savings on fuel are considerable, also you do not have to pay for a tax disc and your maintenance costs would be about 15% lower (fewer moving parts).
The AA reckon with the savings mentioned above you would recoup the difference between this car and a conventional diesel competitor in under three years. Specifically, Nissan reckons that the savings you could expect would add up to around £800 a year over a typical annual 9,300 mileage in comparison to a diesel rival. On a pence per mile basis it would cost 3p per mile to run a Nissan LEAF in comparison to about 11p per mile in a modern turbodiesel rival. That does take into account the increased electricity charges you would incur in this Nissan.
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