Electric Car Guide: Nissan Leaf, Volvo XC40, C40, Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron

Here you can see some of the options among the best selling electric cars in Brazil. This selection is part of the MOTOR SHOW special edition of electric and hybrid that is on newsstands — learn more here and check More stories from the issue by clicking here.

Nissan Leaf – BRL 293,707

Launched in 2010, the Nissan Leaf arrived in Brazil in 2019, in the second generation and has already been elected Purchase of the Year 2020 in the category. Last year, it was the best-selling electric car in the country, with 439 units (against 105 in 2020, when the Audi e-tron led with 183 sales).

From the outside, the Leaf doesn’t draw much attention on the streets. When entering the cabin, despite being in a car “of the future”, you look for the handbrake and don’t find it… No electronic system – it’s a pedal, believe me.

In addition, there is no steering wheel depth adjustment and the finish is simple, although there are items such as an electrically adjustable seat, blind spot monitor, ACC, lane change alert and 360o camera.

Even though it is a medium hatch, it is very spacious – both the length of the body and the space inside the cabin are more reminiscent of a sedan. A great advantage is in the trunk of great 435 liters, the same capacity that has a Nissan Kicks – and more than the hatches of the comparative of this edition.

Behind the wheel in the Leaf, as in most electric cars, agility is impressive, even with “only” 149 hp – what counts more is the torque of 320 Nm. It’s enough to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, with equally exciting pick-ups and accelerations: even at 50 km/h, if you put your foot down, it unlocks the front wheels.

During our practical tests, the best average consumption, within the city and with free traffic, was 8 km/kWh. very good. It was achieved in Eco mode with the “E-Pedal” system active, which makes it clearer that the Leaf is electric, as it increases the “motor brake” – in fact, the energy recovery by the electric motor-generator: the Leaf is “ tied up” to be guided with just one pedal, as is already a tradition in trams (reduces the use of brakes by up to 80%).

There is also the B mode of the gearbox, which is more recommended on descents or reduced speeds. The official range is 320 kilometers, less than that of the Renault Zoe, but within the market average in this price range.

The Leaf’s powertrain shows the basis of electrics: a set of battery cells under the floor, connected by a high voltage cable to the electric motor-generator. Some models have one motor per axle

Finding the best combination of Eco, B and E-pedal takes some time. Whatever it is, sudden braking is scary, as the transition from energy recovery to real braking isn’t always clear or immediate. The Leaf is mostly urban, but it reaches 144 km/h and can face the road. At 100 km/h, however, it doesn’t do much more than 6.5 km/kWh.

Despite supposedly being close to the end of its life – unofficial information speaks of a transformation of this second generation, which is already five years old, into a crossover SUV –, looking at the market, the Leaf still has a good cost-effectiveness ratio. benefit, even with some defects.

Motor: electric with permanent magnets (synchronous), front
Power: 149 hp
Torque: 320 Nm
Dimensions: 4,480 m (c), 1,790 m (l), 1,565 m (h)
Between axles: 2,700 m
Trunk: 435 liters
Drums: 40 kWh
0-100km/h: 7s9
Maximum speed: 144km/h
City consumption*: 8 km/kWh
Road consumption*: 6.5 km/kWh
Official autonomy: 320 km * ENGINE SHOW test

VOLVO XC40: BRL 409,950

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After leading the sales of pluggable hybrid cars in Brazil in 2020, with a significant 1,834 units registered, the Volvo XC40 is now sold here only in the 100% electric version, called Recharge Pure Electric. Read our full review here.

In addition to representing the migration of the brand, very strong in plug-in hybridsFor the “next stage” of the electrification evolution, that of electric cars, the XC40 adopted Android Automotive, or Google Integrated, which better incorporates maps and other services, such as a voice assistant, into the car (it even shows how much charge you should reach the destination, based on map information). To top it off, the XC40 gave up its platform and gave way to the C40, the first Volvo ever born purely electric.

In electric Volvos, the strategy is to use one engine per axle: in addition to guaranteeing more power, the car turns 4×4 and the weight distribution is even better

With two electric motors, the luxury SUV made the Swedish brand again come out ahead of its great German rivals, Mercedes, Audi and BMW – the first two already had electric SUVs, but of a larger category, and the third is debuting in the market. segment of electric SUVs only now, with the also largest iX, evaluated in this edition. Very quiet, the electric XC40 has 408 hp and 660 Nm, delivering performance worthy of a sports car, with 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds.

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Engines: Electric with permanent magnets (synchronous), one front and one rear
Power: 408 hp
Torque: 660 Nm
Dimensions: 4,425 m (c), 1,863 m (l), 1,647 m (h)
Between axles: 2,702 m
Trunk: 414 liters
Drums: 78 kWh
0-100km/h: 4s9
vel. maximum: 180km/h
City consumption*: 4.5 km/kWh
Road consumption*: 4 km/kWh
Official autonomy: 418 km * MOTOR SHOW test

VOLVO C40 – BRL 419,950

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For R$10,000 more than the XC40, the coupe/crossover version offers the same mechanics and handling, but with a more fashionable style and slightly sharper performance (0-100 km/h in 4s7). Check out his full test by clicking here


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The Taycan was initially going to be the “electric 911”, but ended up bigger, with almost 5 meters long, four doors and four seats. The value listed above is for the one-engine version, up to 408 hp and 345 Nm and 79.2 kWh battery, with 0-100 km/h in 5s4 and up to 450 kilometers of autonomy.

The Turbo S version starts at R$1,079,000 and has a motor on each axle, with 761 hp, 1049 Nm and a 93.4 kWh battery, with 0-100 in 2.8 seconds and a similar range. Check out the full evaluation, with track testing, of the top-of-the-line version by clicking here.

In an unusual configuration, its rear engine is mated to a two-speed transmission. Although it has very high prices, the Taycan was the second best-selling electric car in Brazil in 2021, with 279 units registered – which explains how electric cars are still only for the elite. Who would have thought that a battery-powered car would be so well accepted by “porscheiros”, normally so purists?

Engines: electric, permanent magnets, one front and one rear
Power: up to 731 hp
Torque: up to 1049 Nm
Dimensions: 4,963 m (c), 1,966 m (l), 1,378 m (h)
Between axles: 2,900 m
Trunk: 366+81 liters
Drums: 93.4 kWh
0-100km/h: 2s8
vel. maximum: 260km/h
City consumption: 3.6 km/kWh*
road consumption: 3.4 km/kWh*
Official autonomy: 390 and 477 km

*Four wheels

Audi e-tron Sportback: BRL 609,990

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The e-tron has already led electric sales in Brazil, but its life has become much more difficult with the increase in competition – like the Porsche Taycan above, whose basic version has similar size and power (but the Audi has more torque, because it brings an extra engine at the front).

The photo version is Sportback (read full review here)which shows an SUV-coupe body and starts at R$ 639,990. There is still the S, with three engines, 503 hp and 973 Nm, and the exceptional coupe Audi RS e-tron GT (click here to read the full review).

The highlights of the e-tron are the exceptional interior space in all versions and the exemplary behavior of the suspensions with air springs – in addition to controlling the car well in corners, they make it not seem so heavy.

Another item of the e-tron that draws attention are the external mirrors, optionally exchanged for cameras. While not exactly better, they do add a futuristic feel.

Engines: electric, permanent magnets, one front and one rear
Power: up to 408 hp
Torque: up to 664 Nm
Dimensions: 4,901 m (c), 1,935 m (l), 1,616 m (h)
Between axles: 2,928 m
Trunk: 555+60 liters
Drums: 95 kWh
0-100km/h: 5s7
vel. maximum: 200km/h
City consumption*: 6 km/kWh
Road consumption*: 4.5 km/kWh
Official autonomy: 446 km * MOTOR SHOW test


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