Is the Leaf slow?
I know I could answer this question with a test drive, but if I purchase a Leaf it has to be a facelift model ... and I am not quite there yet in terms of spending money without a loan, and I refuse to get a loan.
I'm assuming by 'facelift model' you're meaning what used to be called gen 2 but is really the revised version of gen 1, released about 2013?
That's what we've got, and I can sure kick a Mazda Demio's arse in it ... is that what you meant?!
Gen 1 cars are fast off the line up to around 50, thanks to that immediate torque - as such it'll beat most things at the lights, but will start to run out of that speedy acceleration well below 100 (over 10 seconds I believe). This means that speed key for passing (say 80-110) isn't amazing, but it's totally acceptable.
The gen 2 is far more powerful and, I assume, much quicker at that top end as a result.
(The other thing is don't go off the gen 1 Leaf's spedo - they're notorious for being out by a ridiculous margin - ours is out by approximately 10% across the range, ie have to be doing 110 on the speedo to register 100 on the GPS.)