Nissan has big plans for the electric Nissan Leaf in the next couple of years. The word on the street is that they will up their driving range to 300 miles. That’s a vast improvement on the majority of electrics out there right now, and a sign that the electric car market is finally maturing. 

For now, though, the current Leaf is still a dominant force doing the business for the green car business. So, how does the Nissan Leaf stack up? We’re going to take a look at what you can expect in our brief review.

The basics

Right now, the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in the world, ever. That might surprise some as it isn’t something you hear a lot about in the motor press. Presumably because of the lack of glamour involved in helping to save the planet. Nissan has managed to sell well over 200,000 worldwide, which is an impressive statistic in itself. They also rate high on the satisfaction scale – Leaf owners are amongst the happiest drivers around. So, what is the big draw? Let’s take a closer look.

The new model

The new design features an upgrade to the battery cathodes, giving the Leaf a boost to the energy climb, up to 30 kWh. So, while the bodywork and size haven’t changed much, there is a lot more going on under the hood. It extends the previous Leaf’s driving range up to 155 miles; no mean feat for a fully electric set of wheels. It does come at a cost, though. A quick glance over at the sale options at Pentagon-Group reveals the Leaf is at least £1,500 more when you have the 30 kWh option. Overall,m though, it’s still a good value car. Prices start from around the £22-23K mark. That’s a significant drop in price from the competing Tesla Model S – which, admittedly, does go a lot further. But, for price and range, there isn’t anything else on the market that comes close to its value.

The drive

The biggest reason Leaf owners love their cars is quite simple: they are great to drive. They are more comfortable than their price might suggest. And, it’s a relaxing, gentle experience that you will struggle to find elsewhere. In other words, it’s a great mainstream car that has a lot of fans from all walks of life. Sure, you might not get the thrills and spills of a petrol guzzling speed machine, but there’s a surprising amount of power. It’s automatic, too, meaning all you need to do to get to speed is hit the throttle. The suspension is robust and calming while handling is sound – if unspectacular. But, again, what can you expect for the price?


We have mentioned the relaxing feel of the Nissan Leaf, and a lot of it comes from the sheer comfort in the interior. There is no engine noise, of course, due to the electric battery power. It’s designed for the masses, so the Leaf features all the mod cons that have become standard in modern cars. You’ll get a good build in the cabin, plenty of leg space in the front and rear, and a logical if ordinary dashboard. There’s plenty of space in the boot, too, with enough room for 330 litres of luggage and equipment.

The savings

Of course, the primary reason for spending a five-figure sum on an electric car is because you want to save money at the pumps. Well, with the Leaf, you won’t need to visit the pumps at all. Your home electricity bill is going to rise a little, to compensate, but, it won’t be anywhere near the average car’s fuel spend. If you plump for the 30 kWh option, it’s the perfect vehicle for anything up to an hour long commute. When you consider all these facts, perhaps the price of the Leaf is worth considering after all.


Clearly, there is a lot to love about the Nissan Leaf. Given Nissan is promising to double that driving range, there will be many more people seeing the attraction in the coming years. It’s not perfect, of course. There are minor complaints on the quirkiness of the car, and the interior could be higher quality. But, for the mainstream audience that wants a first look at the power of the electric, there are fewer better options for the price.

Let us know your thoughts on the Nissan Leaf – and electric cars in general. Do you drive one, and how much are you saving at the pumps?

There’s nothing like going on a memorable road trip or holiday with friends and family, but it’s even better if you have a great car to travel in. SUVs are great for this because they are practical and spacious. They also make for great vehicle leasing options if you’re considering getting one.

If you’re still not convinced that getting an SUV is the way forward, consider the benefits, and check out our three favourite SUVs.

• You get extra seats! Some SUVs even have the option of seating up to 9 people. This is great if you want to take all your mates along for a weekend trip, or for fitting in all of your family’s luggage.

• You can carry loads of things that you wouldn’t be able to fit in a regular sized car, and your passenger’s space won’t be compromised either.

• SUVs have towing capabilities that other cars don’t have. They can handle extra weight such as a boat or trailer, which you normally wouldn’t be able to tow unless you got yourself a truck.

• It’s a lot safer. Because SUVs are higher up from the ground, they are able to drive over debris easily, and also handle more severe off-road and weather conditions. Most SUVs also have a grill on the front for extra protection for both the engine and passenger compartment.


If you’re looking for a luxury crossover, the BMW X5 is great choice. It’s surprisingly agile for an SUV, and the engine offers some great performance. The rear space is a lot better than most of the SUVS in its class, and the fuel economy and emissions are pretty impressive too. The cabin is very driver friendly, with a very comfortable and supportive driving seat which can be easily adjusted. Dashboard controls are simple to use and the infotainment screen is definitely one of the best we’ve seen.


Nissan Juke is a fun and funky, small crossover, which is quite speedy. It definitely stands out from the crowd with its dynamic and quirky style. Its light steering and all-wheel drive make it a great car for tearing down twisty, country roads and for throwing around bends. It also comes with plenty of tech, and has a pretty decent fuel economy. The only downside is that the boot is on the small side, and there’s not a huge amount of room for the rear passengers.


A quiet car with tonnes of class. It’s also incredibly plush, so a great choice for people who enjoy travelling in comfort. The sport is also surprisingly practical with some pretty nifty handling and one of its best features is its luxurious cabin. The seven seats are incredibly comfortable, with an option to get a third row of seats fitted. There’s a handy infotainment screen and the all-round visibility is fantastic. However, it doesn’t come cheap, and the fuel economy isn’t great.

There are loads of UK car leasing options available online, so make sure you check them out!

Launched in 2010, the Nissan Juke was an immediate hit with the public due to its quirky, individual style. The Juke is a supermini/SUV crossover that shook up the industry, forcing its rivals to start making similar styled smaller SUVs. It was redesigned in 2014 to freshen up its looks and make it more practical.

They did this by making the boot bigger and adding more equipment. The Juke is great as it offers drivers the chance to own a crossover at an affordable price. It also makes for a fantastic cheap car leasing choice if you’re looking for a ride with individual style and loads of tech, for a reasonable price.

The best engine, if you’re going for economy, is the 1.5 litre diesel. It’s a powerful engine, if a little noisy. It’s cheap to run with an impressive economy of 67.3mpg and 104g/km CO2 emissions. This means that road tax is only £20 a year. The turbocharged engine means you gets some really great performance and nifty acceleration that you don’t get from the petrol engines. The only downside being that it’s a bit noisier.

The Juke has a high driving position, and the suspension is fairly comfortable as long as you’re not driving over potholes. However, steering is a little on the light side. In our opinion, the best model to go for is the diesel hatchback 1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr.

When it comes to the interior design, it’s just as funky as the exterior. The centre console is stylish and comes in a variety of colours. There’s loads of space for the driver and front passenger, and the steering wheel is height adjustable. However some of the materials used don’t feel as high quality as they could be, making parts of the interior feel a bit cheap.

Also the cabin noise and cramped rear-seats mean that the Juke probably wouldn’t suit you if you have passengers for extended periods of time during long journeys. Rival cars such as the Vauxhall Mokka and the Peugeot 2008 are more practical with bigger boots and more backseat space.

The Juke makes up for this however, by coming well-equipped with some pretty decent features. Even the basic models get air-con, electric windows, alloy wheels, body coloured mirrors and an adjustable driver’s seat. We’ve seen some pretty cool modified Nissan Juke’s driving around like these:

If you’re looking for even more spec, then the next trim level up ‘Acenta’ gives you larger wheels, climate control, cruise control, chrome door handles, Bluetooth, and a leather steering wheel and gearstick. If that still isn’t enough, then the top-spec Tekna will also include luxury leather seats, sat nav and glossy black finishes for extra added classiness.

So if you’re looking for a car lease that is radically styled, quirky, and is a unique combination of supermini and SUV, then the Juke is the car for you.

Last month OSV Ltd compiled an interesting report on the UK’s most searched for car brands of 2015 so far. This month, OSV have taken the report one step further and matched the results with the UK’s best selling cars from the start of the year. Are the most searched for car brands the best selling? Read on to find out.

When you read the list of the top ten best selling cars it will be easy to understand why these cars are the UK’s best sellers. Each have their own fan base, but they also have a few common traits. Generally, all the cars in the list are considered reliable and are competitively priced. But is reliable and cheap what the UK internet user searches for?

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), we’ve run down the best selling cars of the year so far.

Ford Fiesta


The Ford Fiesta has dominated the UK Car market for as long back as we can remember and it’s no surprise why. The Ford Fiesta is great to drive, it’s comfortable, handles well, stylish inside and out and there are some great deals available. What’s not to love?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Ford dominated our most searched car brands list so this result comes as no surprise.

Vauxhall Corsa


Ford’s biggest rival Vauxhall comes in at second. Like the Fiesta, the Vauxhall Corsa is well priced, spacious and has a range of engines to suit every type of driver. But does this mean Vauxhall are Ford’s biggest competitor when it comes to Google?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

This result is one of the most surprising of the whole report. Vauxhall, who are Ford’s closest competitor in best selling cars is nowhere near them when it came to most searched car brands. Vauxhall found themselves in 4th position but does this mean car enthusiasts are losing interest in the brand? Only time will tell.

Ford Focus


Safety is one of the main selling points of the Ford Focus. In at number three, and the second Ford entry, the Focus is considered to have the best handling, it’s refined and has low C02 emissions.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

As mentioned above, Ford dominated the search list, so we’re not surprised to see more than one car in the best selling list.

Nissan Qashqai


Considered one of the most practical small SUV’s, the Qashqai is reliable, smart, economically friendly and extremely refined. What more could you ask for?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

The Nissan brand didn’t make it in our top 5 list which may come as a surprise to many considering the Qashqai is so high on the bestsellers list. Nissan came in at 6th and was narrowly pushed out of the top 5 by Mercedes.

Volkswagen Golf


Comfortable and an enjoyable drive, the reliable golf comes in at number 5. With it’s modern and practical build and strong resale values, Golfs are a popular choice for a number of car buyers – but are they popular with UK internet users?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Volkswagen barely made the top 20 let alone the top 5, they came in at an unbelievable 17th. Maybe it’s because people feel they know the brand inside and out or maybe they’re losing interest. It will be interesting to see if they retain their position throughout the year.

Audi A3


The beautiful Audi A3 is the 6th best selling car of the year so far. Surprising? We think not! Audi have struck the right balance between comfort and control with the A3 and with some great Audi A3 lease deals on offer, this is a perfect choice for many drivers.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Audi landed the impressive third spot in the most searched for car brands list and as a brand, they’ve gone from strength to strength. They have a strong following and a beautiful range so it’s no surprise they made both lists. If the A3 was slightly cheaper then maybe it would be higher on the bestsellers list, but with a slightly more premium price tag we think they should be happy with their position.

Mercedes-Benz C Class


This seriously classy car is one of the most desired by women, it also makes a very popular company car. Here at OSV we’ve a range of great Mercedes lease deals which are always really popular so we’re delighted to see the C Class in the list.

How does it compare to our most searched car list?

Mercedes just made the list by landing in at number 5. The luxury car brand are often in the news so it’s no surprise that they are searched for and purchased on a regular basis.

They’ve also recently shown off their driverless car which has made headlines across the globe. If driverless cars become more talked about maybe Mercedes will rise to an even higher position.

Volkswagen Polo


It will come as no surprise to many that another Volkswagen makes the top 10. The VW Polo is competitively priced, comfortable to drive and has a plush inside cabin.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

As we already mentioned Volkswagen not being higher on the most searched car brands list, will come as a huge surprise to many. Maybe next time we do this they’ll be higher on the searched list or lower on the bestsellers. Watch this space.

Fiat 500


With it’s unusual design, cheap price and safe reputation, the Fiat 500 is in at number 9. This supermini is the perfect car for a variety of drivers.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Fiat, like Volkswagen, placed fairly low on the most searched car brands list, coming in at number 16. Unlike Volkswagen, we weren’t too surprised with Fiat’s position. With a trusted and well known range, it just goes to show that people aren’t necessarily searching for cars they’re going to buy.

Vauxhall Astra


Our second Vauxhall in the list and in the tenth spot is the Astra. With its great looks, smooth ride and secure handling, this car is a perfect choice for many. But many will be surprised that the Astra is only in 10th position. Usually the Astra is a lot higher in the bestsellers list so it will be interesting to watch where this places by the end of the year.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

With the Astra falling to number 10, this could explain why Vauxhall are only at number 4 in the most searched list. Are the car brand losing its following? Only time can tell.

Finally, it may be interesting to note that BMW are the only car brand that was featured in the most searched list to be excluded from the best sellers top ten. With its premium price tag, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. But what car do you think would be on the top sellers list if money wasn’t an option?

About OSV Ltd

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