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QuickCharge: Nissan Leaf Tekna (2013)

The Nissan Leaf has been available in the UK since 2011, but this year Nissan updated the car and released it in three new spec levels: Visia, Acenta and Tekna. These are roughly equivalent to the US levels of S, SV and SL respectively.

But following on from the QuickCharge of the Visia spec, what do Mark and Nikki think having just got behind the seat of the Tekna, the top level spec car?

QuickCharge is the Transport Evolved show where your intrepid hosts get behind the wheel of a new car and record their first impressions to camera. Unlike our other shows, which are recorded on professional camera and audio equipment, QuickCharge is recorded in a quick’n’dirty style in order to truly capture our first impressions, unencumbered by camera equipment and sound checks.

Let’s have a look at what Nikki thinks:

The Leaf Tekna is available for an on the road price of £25,490 if you want to buy the car and batteries. If you’d prefer to rent the batteries, that price drops to £20,490. Both of these prices are after the UK Government grant is applied.

The Tekna model comes with all the bells and whistles that Nissan could add to the car:

  • 360 degree top-down view camera
  • Heat exchange pump heating system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front and back seats
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Rapid Charger port
  • Carwings
  • Reversing camera
  • Bose 7 speaker sound system with subwoofer
  • Leather seats.

While the Rapid Charger port comes as standard on this model, the upgraded onboard charger is still an additional option. If you would like to charge at 6.6kW you need to pay an additional £850. When doing this, you will lose the charge cable with a household plug on it in favour of a Type 2 to Type 1 cable to allow charging at public locations. The original cable can be purchased if needed.

Let’s take a look at what Mark thought of the car:

We’ll be bringing you our full review on the Leaf Tekna soon. In the meantime, what do you think of the full-spec Leaf? Do you think the add ons are worth the additional price? Let us know below.


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  • Jonathan Tracey

    I drove one of these yesterday while my car was in for its service, I also loved the camera function, spent a few mins hunting down the 4 cameras 🙂 Loved the heated seats and steering wheel however It was black and black seats and I found it very dark inside. Coming from the lightnesss of the mark 1 leaf I found it feeling cramped

    • Mark Chatterley

      I’d agree with that. The mono-colour is a tad oppressive.

      • Jonathan Tracey

        its amazing how colour can make such a difference to the feeling of space and comfort

    • I went from a Mk1 Leaf to the Tekna and I miss the light interior more than anything else. The build quality also seems to be lower than the mk1 especially the wobbly rear view mirror but this may be down to weight saving.

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