The cute, green hatchback seems more like a techie’s fantasy vehicle than a car mired in controversy, but considering the cloud kicked up by a less-than-flattering review on the BBC hit automotive show TopGear, it’s safe to say this electron-powered Nissan has a high profile. TopGear dramatically discharged the battery to show off the limitations of the Leaf, and the limited number of charging stations in downtown London—admittedly a dramatization. Most commuters would find the range of a fully charged Leaf (about 100 miles) perfectly adequate, due to the number of batteries Nissan managed to sandwich under the seats. That has the added bonus of keeping the center of gravity nice and low and allowing the car to handle surprisingly well. That’s the Leaf’s secret weapon: it’s actually fairly entertaining to drive when used as intended. The novelty of its silence and copious torque (more than 200 ft-lbs.) make it an interesting partner for urban adventures of all varieties (provided they’re close to home).