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#296384 13-Jun-2022 08:39
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Hi, the mrs has an older Nissan Note and is looking to upgrade.  The options are another petrol one or the E-Power model.  We have test driven both, the E-Power drives like an EV (lots of acceleration, nice and smooth) and it claims better fuel economy (2.8l per 100km).


Has anyone got real world experience with this drivetrain?  These things still have a small battery inside (1 /20th the size of the Note) so I am a little concerned that it might inherit the battery problems of the Note.


We are looking at 2017 models for about 15k.

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  #2932511 21-Jun-2022 14:35
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Have a 2017 E-Power with around 90k on the odo. Had it for approx. 2 years with no issues apart from a noisy wheel bearing which I had replaced under warranty.


It drives well and as you mentioned it is driven by electric motor which shares a lot of similar drive train to the Leaf, so good torque, etc. Super easy to drive with almost single pedal operation when the regenerative braking is activated (S or E modes).


If you're not used to it, it can be a little disconcerting with the engine starting and stopping apparently randomly all the time.


Overall it's a great little car, and I think better spec than equivalent Aqua of similar price/mileage;  but yes, who knows about the reliability of the battery long term?


For normal commuting (mix. of stop/start and motorway) around Auckland I would say economy is a little worse than the quoted 2.8L / 100km. Expect more like 3.5L / 100km, similar to Aqua I think.


Aqua spares and service are likely cheaper mainly due to the sheer volume of them on the road, but it does have the advantage that you don't look like an Uber driver.





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