The Nissan Leaf was for a long time one of the best-selling electric cars. Despite a certain age that is beginning to be felt, especially with the competition that sharpens, the Japanese sedan still retains serious assets. And at less than €100/month, some customers could well find what they are looking for.
The Nissan Leaf is one of those rare electric cars, like the Zoé, to have had the right to two generations. The first was released in 2010 and ended its career in 2017. On that date, the second generation took over. It’s been five years since the Leaf II came out, and even if it’s starting to age, it still benefits from qualities that are still quite up to date.
If you are looking for a new model, your sales representative has surely already spoken to you about financing, and especially those in LLD or LOA: long-term rental and rental with option to buy. To differentiate the two, it’s simple: yourent» the car in both cases for a period of time defined at the time of signing the rental contract.
The difference between these two rental offers comes at the end of the contract, after 3, 4 or 5 years. With the LOA (rental with option to buy), you will have the choice between exercising the purchase option (defined beforehand when signing the contract), i.e. buying the car in full, or to return the vehicle. The LLD (long-term rental) does not include a purchase option at the end of the contract. In other words, you return the car.
In this section, we offer you a decryption of the offers of the moment that we find on the websites of the manufacturers. We are going to take a closer look at the conditions to be met and whether, economically speaking, this financing may be suitable for your use.
And today, after having deciphered the offer of the Škoda Enyaq iV available from 299 euros/month, that of the Kia EV6 from 297 euros/month, the MG ZS EV at 99 euros/month, the Peugeot e -208 to 149 euros/month, the Renault Mégane E-Tech at 248 euros/month, the Volkswagen ID.3 at 229 euros/month, the Renault Twingo E-Tech at 79 euros/month, the Tesla Model 3 for less than 400 euros/month, the Mini Electric from 350 euros/month, the Hyundai Kona Electric from 139 euros/month, the Fiat 500 electric from 109 euros/month, it’s now the turn of the Nissan Leaf from €99/month.
Which Nissan Leaf model is offered at 99 euros/month?
In two or three clicks, in the promotion tab of the brand’s site, the offer concerning the Leaf at 99 € / month is easily identifiable. For our financing, it is the smallest model that is concerned, namely a Nissan Leaf in “Acenta” finish, with a battery with a capacity of 40 kWh giving it a combined cycle range of 270 km and 385 km in purely urban use. The car is powered by an electric block of 150 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. As standard, we find these equipment:
- Smart cruise control
- Intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition
- Intelligent rear collision warning system
- Lane crossing alert
- Intelligent Lane Departure Prevention Traffic Sign Recognition
- Blind spot monitoring
- Acoustic Vehicle Warning System (AVAS)
- Hill start assist
- Electrically adjustable heated exterior mirrors
- Leather steering wheel
- Automatic air conditioning
- 1 front USB port
- 2 rear USB ports
- 12V socket on the front center console
- Power windows front and rear
- Automatic windshield wipers
- “Follow me home” headlights timed switching off
- Automatic lighting of lights
- Front fog lights
- Halogen headlights with LED light signature
- LED rear lights
- e-Pedal technology (once activated, this technology allows you to accelerate, slow down and brake to a stop with just the accelerator pedal. The brake pedal remains active and allows you to react in the event of unexpected braking.)
- Instrument cluster with 7-inch HD TFT color screen
- 8.0 inch color touch screen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 6 meter cable (recharge on 230V household socket in 21h on 40 kWh battery)
- 32A cable of 6 meters (recharge on public terminal or Wallbox 7kW T2 in 7h30 on 40 kWh battery)
- 6.6 kW on-board charger for charging on a 32A Wallbox terminal
- CHAdeMO port for 50 kW fast charger (recharges from 20% to 80% in 60 min on 40 kWh)
As is often the case with Japanese models, the standard equipment is quite generous, especially with driver assistance technologies. The basic car concerned by this offer is not a sad white color, but “Tuscan Red”. The model is also fitted with 16-inch rims.
What are the conditions to be eligible for the Nissan Leaf LLD offer?
This is a long-term rental offer over 37 months and 30,000 kilometers maximum. The site indicates that the offer at 99 € / month is not subject to a contribution. In reality, the contribution is 11,000 euros, but this is absorbed by the ecological bonus of 6,000 euros and the conversion bonus of 5,000 euros, which therefore requires the scrapping of an old vehicle.
To qualify for the conversion bonus, an old diesel or petrol vehicle must be scrapped. The old scrapped vehicle must be a car or van with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes. The date of the first registration of this vehicle must be before 2011 for diesel and before 2006 for gasoline.
The vehicle must also belong to the beneficiary for at least one year. And finally, the reference tax income per unit indicated on the tax notice of your income for the previous year must be less than or equal to €13,489.
How much will the Nissan Leaf’s LLD offer cost you?
Over three years of lease, your Nissan Leaf will cost you 3,564 euros. Nissan displays its car from 34,400 euros on its site, ecological bonus and maximum conversion bonus not deducted. This gives us, in the end, a car displayed at the price of 23,400 euros.
Starting from this price, you will therefore pay, over three years, 15% of the price of your car. This is very little considering that a discount over three years for this type of car is between 30 and 35%. As the offer is not an LOA, there is no option to buy back the vehicle. It must be returned at the end of the rental.
Beware of the cost of repairs, which are always expensive at the time of return. We advise you to do it before at a bodybuilder, it will cost you less than at a dealership. If you take a vehicle back to your dealer after your LLD, he will also be a little less careful about the costs of repairs.
What are the advantages of the Nissan Leaf LLD offer?
The amount of the rent of course. €99/month for a 100% electric sedan, and all without input, it’s unbeatable today. Only the MG ZS EV, which is an urban SUV, could do as well when the €99/month offer was still in effect. The arrival at such a low monthly payment is also due to government aid, with up to 11,000 euros in “discounts” if you tick all the boxes.
Autonomy is very correct for daily use, a bit short for long journeys, but customers will above all have daily use of their car, mainly with home-work journeys.
As stated above, the standard endowment is interesting. Basically, the color is pretty cool, there are alloy wheels and lots of technology, starting with an 8-inch touchscreen in the center and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The driving aids are almost all present, a good point for safety. By the way, the Nissan Leaf got the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.
What are the disadvantages of the Nissan Leaf’s LLD offer
As usual, the 30,000 km over three years is perhaps a fair bit. The other small drawback is recharging under the CHAdeMO protocol and not in Combo CCS, the European standard. Some terminals are equipped with CHAdeMO sockets, but they will become increasingly rare in the future. If there is no CHEdeMO socket, the Leaf can also be recharged with a Type 2 connector in 7 kW, but it will take a little longer.
The other disadvantage is the conversion bonus conditioning. As you have seen above, the conditions are numerous and, ultimately, few customers will tick all the boxes. Certainly, this will not prevent you from buying a Nissan Leaf in LLD, but the rents will not be the same. Finally, we must not forget that the car does not belong to you, and that it will therefore be impossible to resell it to constitute a contribution within the framework of the purchase of the next vehicle.
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