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Nissan Ariya - Range, charging and running costs

If range is important, then upgrade to the Ariya 87kWh model, which offers over 300 miles from a charge

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, charging and running costs Rating

4.4 out of 5

Price
£39,645 to £59,615
  • Interior quality
  • Refinement
  • Much improved infotainment
  • Efficiency could be better
  • Average boot size
  • Top-spec models are expensive
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​​Opting for the entry-level Nissan Ariya 63kWh Advance model means the overall range is a claimed 250 miles. Moving up to the 87kWh version with the same trim level sees an increase in range to 329 miles, while Nissan states that the 302bhp dual-motor e-4ORCE variant can cover up to 319 miles. All of these range figures are slightly reduced if you upgrade to the Evolve specification, which brings additional equipment and extra weight to the car. 

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An energy-efficient heat pump is provided as standard. This helps preserve the vehicle's range by more efficiently heating the interior in cold weather. It’s useful for longer trips during winter months and something reserved for the options list of rivals like the Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4.

With the Ariya capable of charging at up to 130kW, it should take around half an hour or so to complete an 80 per cent top-up of either battery size. We’d like overall efficiency to be a little better, however: the Ariya 63kWh Advance managed 3.7 miles per kW/h during our test, but other EVs, such as the Genesis GV60 and Skoda Enyaq can record in excess of four miles per kWh.

If you decide the all-electric Ariya is the right family car for you, you’ll want to organise a good home charging set-up. Fully replenishing the 63kWh battery in base model Ariyas will take 10 hours from a 7.4kW home wallbox, while those with the larger 87kWh battery will need to be plugged in for roughly 14 hours.

Tax

For now, zero-emission cars, regardless of list price, are in the UK's free road tax (VED) band, saving Ariya drivers a few hundred quid a year. From 2025, however, electric car owners in the UK will have to pay road taxes and the London Congestion ChargeCompany car drivers will also enjoy the Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) savings that the full-electric Ariya attracts, which promises big savings compared to an equivalent petrol or diesel family SUV.

Insurance groups

Getting insurance for the Ariya won’t be cheap compared with a regular petrol or diesel family SUV, because even the entry-level 63kWh Advance model sits in group 30 (out of 50). Further up the range, the 87kWh Evolve version is in group 34, with the 302bhp e-4ORCE variant in group 41. The range-topping e-4ORCE Evolve+, meanwhile, is in group 42. 

In comparison, the entry-level Hyundai Ioniq 5 Premium occupies group 36, while the Skoda Enyaq starts as low as group 24. 

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Depreciation

The Ariya is predicted to retain between 48 and 54 per cent of its original value after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. That’s slightly better than the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which retains around 40-44 per cent, although not quite as good as the Skoda Enyaq, which should retain between 50-58 per cent over the same period.

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