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DoneDeal of the Week: This 2014 electric Nissan Leaf which comes with a home charger

Matched up against the funky Renault Zoe.

Image: Dungarvan Nissan

THE NISSAN LEAF and Renault Zoe are both affordable electric vehicles, perfect for drivers looking for a sophisticated, comfortable and alternative car. Plus, the quietness of EVs makes them perfect for covert operations if that’s your thing!

Here are two currently for sale on DoneDeal – and we’ve taken a look at the selling points of each.

This 2014 Nissan Leaf for €17,500 is comfortable and refined and comes with a lot of kit and tech.

Source: Dungarvan Nissan

The Leaf has been on our roads since 2010 and it was the first electric vehicle to win the European Car of the Year award.

Source: Dungarvan Nissan

The Nissan Leaf isn’t exactly a looker on the outside but inside it has quite a nice cabin, with lots of neat little futuristic touches that are subtle and not at all over the top. The seats are comfortable, there is plenty of head and leg room for all passengers and it has a decent-sized boot.

Source: Dungarvan Nissan

In fact, it is much like any other five-door hatchback on the road – minus the emissions and fuel tank.

Source: Dungarvan Nissan

This Leaf will do, on average, 140km on a full charge and it will take about eight hours to charge from empty to full using an at home charger. (If using a fast charger, from empty to 80% full will take approximately 30 minutes). This car comes with a Go Electric home charger and fitting the charger is included in the price.

At €13,900, this 2015 Renault Zoe is a lot cheaper than the Leaf. However, you do have to lease the batteries from Renault and therefore have to factor in a monthly fee on top of the asking price.

Source: Donagh Hickey Motors

Compared to the Leaf, the exterior of the Zoe is sleeker and more styled.

Its minimal cabin is light and airy which makes it feel a bit fresher and funkier than the Leaf and a lot more modern too. Both cars are quite well matched in terms of kit and tech.

Source: Donagh Hickey Motors

The Zoe is smaller than the Leaf and doesn’t feel as robust. Due to this and the fact that the cabin is a bit sparse, the ride is not as refined and is a lot noisier too, making the Zoe less comfortable than the Leaf.

Source: Donagh Hickey Motors

The Zoe has a longer official range of 240km (NEDC) compared to the Leaf’s 199km but charging for both cars is roughly the same time.

The Leaf is faster, quicker and has more power, but the Zoe has got less weight to move about.

Source: Donagh Hickey Motors

So, if you are looking for a spacious EV that can replace your regular car, then the Leaf may be the car for you. But if you are looking for something fun and funky and more like a compact city car, then maybe the Zoe is the one.

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