The long awaited fully-electric Nissan Leaf has been granted the full ANCAP five-star treatment. The world’s best-selling electric vehicle that I drove sometime ago now will land in Australia this year, I’ll have more news after the local launch in July.

The ANCAP stats include a 93 per cent rating in the adult occupant protection test, 85 per cent for child occupant protection. Pedestrian safety also scored well via a 71 per cent in the vulnerable road user protection test. 

The Leaf has a host of safety assist technologies that earned it a 70 per cent score. Standard features include Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning as standard equipment.

The list goes on with Intelligent Around-View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alert, front and rear parking sensors, six SRS airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, ISOFIX and three top tether child restraint anchor points.

 The Leaf also does well when it comes to lighting up the road ahead with LED headlights and automatic High Beam Assist. 

Australian Nissan Boss said, “We are justifiably proud of Nissan LEAF and we are delighted to receive this five-star ANCAP safety rating,” 

“Nissan LEAF is packed with a strong assortment of active and passive standard safety that brings peace of mind to everyone that is considering this vehicle as their next new car purchase.”

For those curious about range just like we were yesterday in the Hyundai Ioniq, the new Leaf has a 270km range under the gold standard European Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

It has a 40kWh battery (the current Hyundai Ioniq’s battery is 28kWh), and 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque. 

New Nissan LEAF will be sold in 89 Nissan dealers nationwide from $49,990.