The slow trickle of fully-electric vehicles in Malaysia continued with the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf in July. The original model was introduced here back in 2013, and this latest model gets a much more dynamic design, more power and a far longer range – all while being just slightly more expensive than before at RM188,888 on-the-road without insurance.

Despite looking radically different, the Leaf is still a conventional five-door, front-wheel drive hatchback. However, it now makes 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque, 41 PS and 66 Nm more than before – allowing it to slash nearly four seconds off its zero-to-100 km/h time, down to 7.9 seconds.

It also has a much larger 40 kWh lithium-ion battery that bumps range up from 195 km to 270 km – and that’s on the more stringent WLTP cycle. Every Leaf comes with a 6.6 kW wallbox that will provide a full charge in around seven hours, while a CHAdeMO port allows the use of 50 kW DC fast charging, topping up the battery in less than an hour. The car also gets a number of new features, including autonomous emergency braking and an e-Pedal function for single-pedal driving.

But there are many questions to answer here. What’s the new Leaf like to drive? Are the quoted numbers actually believable? And, most importantly, is the Leaf actually usable as everyday transport, especially with our limited charging infrastructure? We answer these questions and more in this in-depth video review, which you can watch above. As usual, leave your comments after the jump.