THE all-new Nissan LEAF has been crowned the best small family car at the Next Green Car Awards 2017.
The award, one of eight handed out by awards organisers, recognize the UK’s best new green cars.
All winning models were judged against a range of factors, including environmental, performance and cost criteria, with Next Green Car’s unique NGC Rating a primary factor in deciding which vehicles made it through to the shortlist.
With key environmental credentials established, other considerations such as suitability for purpose, impact on the market, and value for money were taken into account, to decide the winning and commended vehicles in each category.
In naming the all-new Nissan LEAF as the winner of the Small Family Award, judges said: “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.”
Dr Ben Lane, Director at Next Green Car, said: “With many countries signalling the end of the internal combustion engine, 2017 will go down in automotive history as the year when the power-train game changed. Looking at this year’s awards winners it’s easy to see why, with quality plug-in cars now winning in all vehicle segments from urban city cars to crossover/SUVs. Electric vehicles have now arrived and are giving even the greenest petrol and diesel models a good run for their money.”
The all-new Nissan LEAF, which is already being sold through pre-orders and arrives in showrooms early in 2018, comes with improved range of up to 235 miles* on a single charge, through its 40kWh battery, as well as a host of internal and external improvements and game-changing technology.
These include the revolutionary e-Pedal, which gives motorists a whole new way to drive, allowing them to start, accelerate and stop using just one pedal making every journey simpler and more enjoyable.
Meanwhile ProPILOT advanced driver assistance is also part of the package, taking the stress out of driving by automatically controlling the steering, acceleration, braking and gear selection on single-lane highways, while ProPILOT Park assists in similar ways to make parking effortless.
Available to pre-order now is the Nissan LEAF launch edition, the 2.Zero, which is priced from £26,490 (including government plug in car grant), while the full range of grades will be available from January.
*Based on NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) figures.