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Nissan Ariya - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The Ariya offers good levels of practicality and plenty of useful features as standard

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.6 out of 5

Price
£39,645 to £59,025
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Buyers shouldn’t be fooled by the Ariya’s sleek, modern form, as Nissan’s all-electric family SUV offers loads of day-to-day functionality. Standard kit includes automatic headlights and wipers, a power tailgate and Intelligent Cruise Control, while passengers will appreciate the dual-zone climate control, rear privacy glass and a rear armrest. Those travelling in the back also get two USB ports, one of which is the faster USB-C version.

The sliding centre console (standard on the Evolve model) is a neat feature and allows you to prioritise space up front, with easy access to the twin-glove box storage arrangement in the lower section of the dash.

Size

The Ariya is 4,595mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,660mm tall which means it’s slightly bigger all-round than its Qashqai sibling. In comparison to other successful family EVs, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is longer and wider than the Ariya, while the Skoda Enyaq iV also has a larger footprint.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Rear passengers will welcome the generous space on offer in the Ariya; under-seat foot room is good, while we found the centre seat particularly comfortable compared to rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.5 and Genesis GV60

The Ariya’s minimalist interior design means that the driver and front passenger also benefit from plenty of space, while the sliding centre console, offered as standard on Advance models, adds more versatility.

Boot

Front-wheel drive versions of the Ariya offer 466 litres of boot space, which should be flexible enough for most families, and more than enough to fit a buggy or golf bag. There's also extra space underneath the boot floor which is a handy place to store the charging cables.

However, there’s no ‘frunk’ under the bonnet like the Ford Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y, and if you go for the all-wheel drive Ariya e-4ORCE boot space is reduced to 408 litres. You can at least fold down the rear seats in a 60:40 split, should you need some extra space, but if you’re prioritising boot space then you might want to consider the Skoda Enyaq (585 litres), or the Tesla Model Y (854 litres).

Towing

Buyers planning on using the Ariya for regular towing duties will want the twin-motor e-4ORCE model which is able to pull up to 1,500kg. Opting for the single motor version will leave you a little restricted as it’s only rated to tow 750kg.

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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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