I have an SL Plus with about 10,000 miles on it, and so far it's been a great (though not perfect!) car.
toolworker wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:19 pm
I'm deciding between a Leaf and a Kia Niro, and have a few questions.
Does the adaptive cruise control and lane keeping handle normal stop-and-go freeway traffic without any driver intervention? How well does it work?
The adaptive cruise control works very well in my experience. The lowest speed you can set it to is 20mph, but you can engage it even when stopped in stop-and-go traffic. If you engage it at a stop or have been stopped longer than 3 seconds you have to press a button on the steering wheel or tap the accelerator for it to start, but you can absolutely engage it from a stop. The assisted steering won't engage until you've picked up speed, though. Once it does engage, it will stay engaged even as traffic comes to a stop, and also once you start moving again. The Plus model has a slightly improved system compared to the 40kWh Leaf, in that it will work in light or moderate rain, and it tries to track the two cars in front of you instead of just one.
How well does the high beam assist work? (I have a 2016 Volt and its high beam assist keeps the high beam off too much.)
I'm afraid we don't use the high beams very much where we live, so I can't help you here.
What proximity warnings does the 360 degree camera on the SL Plus give - rear, front, all around?
The proximity warnings for parking are nearly useless, though the side traffic alert is super useful. All the proximity warnings do while parking is beep and highlight the backup camera with a yellow border if it detects anything within 3-10 feet of you (or a shadow). The around view camera is very useful in tight parking spaces, and so are the curb-side and front-view cameras. You can enable those by pressing the camera button once or twice, and they include useful red-yellow-green guide lines that track with your steering.
If I were choosing between the Niro and the Leaf Plus today, I would find that a difficult choice. The Niro has much better range and charging capabilities, but the Leaf is has a bigger trunk and is typically cheaper. My impression is that Nissan's ProPilot works better than Kia's system, but I have not directly compared the two. Overall, I'd say if a top of the line Niro is less than $5k more than the Leaf, go with the Niro.