NISSAN

NISSAN ARIYA ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 160kW Advance 63kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.5s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range223 miles

The Ariya broadens Nissan's EV range up-market, a coupe crossover that really seems to have the 'want one' factor missing from so many family-segment electric vehicles. It's boldly styled, has a driving range of up to 310 miles and offers a high-performance 4WD variant too. Think EV are dull? Check this one out.

ARIYA & DRIVE

Nissan's Ariya aims to rejuvenate the upper-mid-sized part of the EV market. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Ariya broadens Nissan's EV range up-market, a coupe crossover that really seems to have the 'want one' factor missing from so many family-segment electric vehicles. It's boldly styled, has a driving range of up to 310 miles and offers a high-performance 4WD variant too. Think EV are dull? Check this one out.

Background

Back in 2011, Nissan established the concept of an all-electric family car with their market leading LEAF. Now, the brand is ready to move the family EV sector on again once more with this car, the Ariya. It sits above the LEAF and is an SUV crossover aimed directly at two other fresh compact crossover EV market entrants, the Tesla Model Y and the Volkswagen ID.4. These are cars that fill the space between relatively affordable EVs - like the LEAF and its cousin the Renault ZOE - and pretty expensive once - like pricier Teslas, Audi's e-tron and the Mercedes EQC. So the Ariya is pretty important. In fact, Nissan's operating chief Ashwani Gupta reckons it represents 'a new chapter' for the company and will mark a 'fresh era for electric vehicles'. It's designed as a coupe crossover in the style of combustion models like Audi's Q3 Sportback and the BMW X4. The idea is to directly target customers would never previously have considered an electric car.

Driving Experience

The idea here, says Nissan, is to 'amplify the fun-to-drive aspect' of electric mobility. A heavy old EV; fun to drive? That might be a new concept for you. If so, Nissan wants to change your mind. This one is certainly weighty, tipping the scales at between 1.8 and 2.3-tonnes, depending on spec. But it has rear wheel drive and perfect 50-50 weight distribution for balanced handling. And flat underbody aerodynamics for high speed stability. It's also got plenty of power. Even the entry-level 63kWh version offers 217PS (with a range of up to 223 miles), while the alternative bigger-battery 87kWh variant has 242PS (with a range of up to 310 miles). Both get to 62mph in around 7.5s but have a top speed limited to just 99mph. With the 87kWh battery package, it's also possible to specify Nissan's e-4ORCE 4WD system - in which case power output rises to 306PS thanks to the extra electric motor added to the rear axle (range up to 285 miles). At the top of the range is the e-4ORCE Performance model, a 4WD variant which borrows much from the AWD setup used in the brand's GT-R supercar, also uses the top 87kWh battery but produces up to 394PS. That's enough to get you to 62mph in just 5.1s en route to a maximum raised to 124mph, with a range of up to 248 miles). All Ariyas get 'Standard', 'Sport' and 'Eco' driving modes, with the e4ORCE variants adding a 'Snow' setting too.

Design and Build

The Ariya is certainly a striking-looking thing, it's front end featuring a bold 'shield'-style design with a 3D 'kumiko' pattern under a smooth surface and the Nissan logo is backlit with 20 LEDs. From the side, there's a low-slung coupe silhouette and a single crease line linking the front and rear of the car. At the back, you get a distinctive C-pillar design, plus a high-mounted rear wing and a single-piece light bar. To suit the current zeitgeist, there are big alloy wheels of 19 or 20-inches in size. Thanks to its new electric vehicle-specific CMF-EV platform, this is quite a large car too, 4595mm long, 1850mm wide and 1660mm tall. Which, to give you some perspective, makes it almost the same size as its closest rival, Volkswagen's ID.4. The 2,775mm wheelbase makes possible a decently large cabin too. It'll certainly feel futuristic, with 'Zero Gravity' slim profile seats and a very minimalist design, with almost all the physical buttons replaced by capacitive haptic-feedback switches integrated into the fascia surface. There's a 12.3-inch central touchscreen; and a digital instrument binnacle display of the same size, plus what Nissan reckons is one of the biggest head-up displays in the segment. There's also a fold-out centre stowage box beneath the main instrument panel. There's a reasonably-sized rear bench, but it would be more comfortable for two than three. The boot capacity is 466-litres for 2-Wheel Drive variants, but the e-4ORCE AWD derivatives lose some of that because of the extra motor they use: their cargo area is rated at 408-litres.

Market and Model

Ariya pricing starts just beyond the point where pricing of Nissan's top LEAF 'e+' models finish. That means a price structure that starts beyond the £35,000 cut-off point for assistance from the goverment Plug-in grant, so you'll be on your own with the asking figures, which start from around £42,000 for the entry-level 'Advance' 63kWh model. There's a big jump then to the next variant up, the 'Evolve' derivative with the larger 87kWh battery, which costs around £51,000. The same 'Evolve' 87kWh model with Nissan's e-4ORCE 4WD system costs around £54,000, while the top 'e-4ORCE Performance 87kWh version is around £58,500. Thanks to impressive predicted residuals (57% forecast over 3 years/30,000 miles), Nissan's monthly finance rates are very competitive - starting from £629 monthly on the expected best-selling 'Evolve' 87kWh version, with 5.81% APR and £6,616 customer desposit, over 37 months with 10,000 mile annual mileage. Across the range, as you'd hope given these prices, there's plenty of kit included course, including ultra-slim full-LED headlights which incorporate four 20mm projectors and are combined with animated indicators. Inside, there's a sophisticated centre dash infotainment screen which incorporates a 'digital assistant' incorporating Amazon Alexa voice control and activated by the phrases "Hello Nissan" and "Hey Nissan". This set-up includes 4G connectivity and can receive over the air updates for infotainment elements and chassis and EV settings. There's plenty of smartphone integration too of course, which will enable appointments to be fed to the car in advance any journey. As you'd expect, you'll get Nissan's latest suite of 'Safety Shield' camera safety equipment. The front grille houses a whole range of sensors that drive Nissan's 'ProPILOT' driver assistance systems - features like Lane Keeping Assistance and Adaptive Cruise Control. The Ariya can be ordered with a choice of six 2-tone paint finish combinations, each with a contrasting black roof; as well as four full-body paint finishes. These are complemented by an eye-catching single 'light blade' at the rear that is designed to look black when the car is switched off.

Cost of Ownership

We mentioned range mileages in our 'Driving Experience' section: just to reiterate, the base 63kWh 'Advance' model manages up to 223 miles, the 87kWh front-driven 'Evolve' version is up to 310 miles and the 87kWh e-4ORCE 4WD variant is up to 285 miles. The 87kWh Performance flagship derivative is up to 248 miles. There are the usual controls for increasing the level of regenerative braking so that you can maximise this car's range potential. Like the LEAF, the Ariya operates with an 'e-Pedal' system when braking regeneration is at its maximum, meaning that in normal driving, you'll be able to launch, accelerate and decelerate only using the throttle pedal. As you'd expect with an electric car, there's a special smartphone app allowing you to remotely check on battery status and set climate controls to precondition the temperature of the cabin before you reach the car. The 63kWh version features a 7.4kW AC charger for home connections, while the 87kWh variants have a 22kW three-phase setup. Nissan says the Ariya can support up to 130kW DC charging, technology that will allow around 230 miles of range to be added to this car's battery pack in around half an hour. A nice touch is the inclusion of an LED inspection light in the car's charging point so that owners won't have to rely on street lighting to connect their cars to an electric source at night.

Summary

You could argue, as Nissan does, that this is the market's first truly desirable family segment electric car. The Japanese maker describes the Ariya as a 'force of wonder'. It'll certainly make quite a few buyers wonder about whether time might now be right to make the switch to an EV. Here's one, after all, with a decent driving range. And a car that looks good, promises to drive well and should be reasonably practical too. All for realistic money - by premium EV standards anyway. It's major issue - a still relatively fledgling EV public charging infrastructure - isn't something Nissan can do very much about. But the Ariya is a sign of just how much the EV market is getting into gear. Even if you've never considered an electric car before, we think you'd like one of these.

  • Rear wiper
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • One touch front and rear electric windows with remote opening and closing
  • Super UV and infrared cut glass
  • Heated front windscreen

  • Rear ventilated brake discs
  • Electrically driven intelligent braking system
  • Intelligent front emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist recognition and junction assist
  • Front ventilated brake discs
  • Auto hold function
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto
  • Bluetooth audio streaming with handsfree system

  • Lane departure prevention
  • Blind spot intervention
  • Drive modes select (Eco, normal and sport)
  • ProPilot
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • 360 degree digitally enhanced around view monitor
  • Intelligent traffic jam pilot and lane keep assist
  • Power assisted steering
  • Intelligent Cruise control (ICC)
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Intelligent driver alert system
  • Moving object detection
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Auto parking system

  • Hands free power tailgate
  • Wireless phone charger

  • Virtual personal assistant and firmware over the air capability
  • Telematics - notifications and connectivity services
  • Navi-Link
  • 12.3" Full TFT screen
  • 12.3" navigation system

  • Heated and auto folding door mirrors
  • Frameless rear view mirror

  • DAB audio
  • Front and rear USB connections (Type-A and Type-C)

  • Satin chrome window surround
  • Shark fin antenna

  • LED front and rear fog lights
  • 3rd brake light
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Advanced sequential turning lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED rear lights
  • Adaptive high beam assist

  • Heat pump
  • Rear air vents
  • Plasma cluster ion air purifier
  • Automatic dual zone climate control

  • Luggage board system
  • Power magic centre storage with table
  • Super smooth leather steering wheel
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear armrest
  • 12v socket in front
  • Synthetic leather upholstery

  • LED ambient lighting

  • Side airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Curtain and front side, far side airbags

  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's electric lumbar adjustment
  • Front head restraints
  • Seat back pockets
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 6 way electrically adjustable front seats

  • Alarm
  • Intelligent key and start push button with easy access

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 130
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-80
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 63
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 359
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 223
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 75

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Advance [Sky/Bose]
  • Coin Description: 160kW 63kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Badge Power: 217
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - BHP: 217
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Top Speed: 100
  • Engine Power - KW: 160
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: Aero
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R19
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R19

  • Length: 4595
  • Width: 1850
  • Wheelbase: 2775
  • Width (including mirrors): 2172
  • Height: 1660

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 466
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £745
  • Two tone paint: £1,225
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two tone special paint: £1,395

  • Metallic - Gun metallic: £575

  • Pearl - Black pearl: £745
  • Pearl - Ceramic grey: £745

  • Solid - Aurora green: £0

  • Two tone special - Burgundy/pearl black roof and door mirrors: £1,395
  • Two tone special - White pearl/pearl black roof and door mirrors: £1,395
  • Two tone special - Blue pearl/pearl black roof and door mirrors: £1,395
  • Two tone - Akatsuki copper/pearl black roof and doors mirrors: £1,225
  • Two tone - Warm silver/pearl black roof and doors mirrors: £1,225
  • Two tone - Tinted red/pearl black roof and doors mirrors: £1,225

  • Synthetic leather - Black with fabric inserts: £0

  • 20" alloy wheels with aero covers: £850
  • 19" alloy wheels with aero covers: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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