2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Leaf (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The e-Golf only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Leaf (except S)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Leaf and the e-Golf have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

Warranty

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There are over 66 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 16 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Leaf’s standard electric motor produces 13 more horsepower (147 vs. 134) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor. The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 80 more horsepower (214 vs. 134) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 214) than the e-Golf’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Leaf PLUS’ maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (Leaf PLUS) miles on a full charge, up to 81% further than the e-Golf’s 125-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the e-Golf are solid, not vented.

The Leaf stops shorter than the e-Golf:

Leaf

e-Golf

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Leaf SV/SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the e-Golf (215/50R17 vs. 205/55R16).

The Leaf SV/SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the e-Golf’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Leaf SV/SL has standard 17-inch wheels. The e-Golf’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The e-Golf doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Leaf’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the e-Golf (106.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Leaf is 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the e-Golf.

For better maneuverability, the Leaf S’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the e-Golf’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.8 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Leaf a Mid-size car, while the e-Golf is rated a Compact.

The Leaf has 2.8 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front legroom than the e-Golf.

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a larger trunk than the e-Golf with its rear seat up (23.6 vs. 22.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Leaf has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the e-Golf only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Leaf has standard extendable sun visors. The e-Golf doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Leaf and the e-Golf offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the e-Golf.

On extremely cold winter days, the Leaf’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The e-Golf doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Leaf SV/SL’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The e-Golf’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $1090 to $2475 less than the e-Golf over a five-year period.

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