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Comparison of two second hand EVs- e-Golf vs Nissan Leaf

  • 13-10-2021 11:54am
    Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭

    Hi all,

    I have followed many of the discussions on EVs and would love to move over to an EV. I currently drive a 1.4 petrol Civic, 132D and have kept onto it for longer than any other car as I have been considering my next car for the last couple of years.

    I have come across the following two which appeal to me and was wondering if I could get some objective advice on both. NISSAN Leaf 40KW TEKNA 5DR 2018 (181 REG) 42,998 km €23,995 - VOLKSWAGEN Golf E- GOLF AUTO 2019 (191 REG) 34,198 km €24,995


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,723 ✭✭✭Old diesel

    Of these two id have the Golf.

    1) the rapid charging is CCS which is what most of the industry now uses in Europe.

    So while nothing wrong with Chademo as a charging protocol - it will likely become harder in coming years to charge with chademo.

    2) The Golf battery handles longer trips better in terms of battery temperatures. Neither car has active cooling on the battery which is a black mark against them.

    The 40 kwh Leaf struggles beyond 200 to 250 miles in a day.

    Google rapidgate Nissan Leaf - its the battery running too hot when doing a journey that needs more then 1 rapid charge in a day.

    Wheras the Golf while youd get rapidgate issues eventually - youd have to drive further and the impact of rapidgate issues is less severe.

    You do get more range on the Leaf so if you never do long journeys it could still work well enough.


    A 28 kwh Hyundai Ioniq is better then either of the two above and should be able to be bought at similar money for same year.

    Ioniq has active cooling on battery which is MUCH better for long trips and should aid battery longevity in longer term.

    If rear passenger and boot space are not vitally important then an Opel eCorsa is worth a luck and 2020 registered examples of that car have been advertised in recent months for similar money to your Leaf and eGolf examples.

    Best of luck

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,723 ✭✭✭Old diesel

    Ps - like the Hyundai Ioniq the Opel eCotsa also has active cooling of the battery

  • Registered Users Posts: 116 ✭✭ruamar

    Thanks for that, I have had a look (online only) at the Ioniq but I don't really like the look of them, the inside looks pretty awful too. I don't need to do a huge amount of driving, based in Dublin and have less of a need to travel outside for work now too.

    It'll be a few months before I purchase so I'll keep an eye. Thanks again