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Nissan Ariya Review

Written by Allan Noble · 30/08/21

2022 is going to be an exciting year for Nissan, as the electric crossover SUV Nissan Ariya hits the road. Nissan's CV already boasts the successful Leaf family hatchback, giving it good green credentials. With the Ariya, Nissan hopes to lead the march into the next generation of electric cars, so let's see how good it is.

Summary

With its space-age styling and an electric range of up to 310 miles, Nissan's new electric Ariya is very likely to be a hit with consumers who are looking to move away from humdrum hatchbacks, and into something cooler which features an electric motor. With the Ariya, Nissan is aiming for an involving driving experience, and to that end is offering a range of versions to increase its appeal to buyers.

Starting in late 2021, Nissan expects to launch five Ariya models in the UK, with a choice of single or dual-motor units offering front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive respectively, and either a 63kWh or 87kWh battery pack depending on how much power or how many miles of range are needed. This will help the Ariya appeal to a wide range of buyers, with different versions appearing at various price points to cater for lower and higher budgets.

The new Nissan Ariya will start at around £40,000 and is expected to be a key rival for the Volkswagen ID4, Mustang Mach E and Tesla Model Y, so it will be lining up against a growing range of increasingly capable and appealing electric cars. Let's have a look in more detail at what we can expect from this exciting new electric SUV when it goes into production in late 2021.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

The new Nissan Ariya has a diverse choice of versions that can be tailored to the buyer's needs and budget.

Two battery pack choices will be available at launch, either a 63 kWh version providing up to 233 miles of range, or an 87kWh version offering up to 310 miles. Nissan intends to offer a 7.4 kW wall box with the former, a 22kW charger for the latter, and also the option of a 130kW rapid charger, for an almost instant boost of power when you need it.

Nissan hasn't yet detailed how long it will take to charge either of the Ariya's batteries, so expect this information to come later in the year.

The range will obviously depend on whether you specify a single or dual-motor version of the Nissan Ariya, due to both power and weight, so concentrate on the two-wheel-drive Ariya if you need a greater range.

The 63kWh dual-motor Nissan Ariya will return up to 211 miles, and the 87kWh model will travel up to 285 miles on a full charge. The 87kWh Performance version will deliver up to 248 miles.

The 63kWh single motor Nissan Ariya will be capable of up to 223 miles, and the 87kWh will achieve up to 310 miles, which is very good in its class. Bear in mind that these are in optimal conditions and that real-world driving will probably return a little less.

Next: Running costs