Our Nissan Ariya Review

By Libby Foster
Our Nissan Ariya Review

Fancy leasing a Nissan Ariya?

The Nissan Ariya is the Japanese automaker's second true electric car and its first new model in over a decade. We’re saying ‘true electric’ because we’re not including the E-NV200 Combi, which is pretty much just a van with windows. But, we are including the Nissan Leaf, which is what gave rise to the modern electric vehicle.

Why did Nissan wait so long to introduce a replacement for the Leaf? It's accurate to say that the popularity of electric vehicles hasn't increased as swiftly as the corporation had intended. Therefore, whereas the Leaf was unquestionably a pioneer, the Ariya begins its journey on the back foot and must face an army of competitors. These competitors include conventionally shaped electric SUVs like the Skoda Enyaq iV, coupé-styled vehicles like the Tesla Model Y and Volvo C40, and slightly lower-riding vehicles like the Kia EV6. Continue reading to learn all there is to know about the Nissan Ariya.

Nissan Ariya Drive

Depending on the battery you select, the Nissan Ariya's range will change. Reportedly, the 63kWh model can travel 250 miles on a single charge, just a few more miles than the Skoda Enyaq iV 60. However, depending on the weather, we could anticipate a distance of 170 to 210 miles in the actual world. If that is insufficient for your requirements, you should choose the 87kWh battery. Although it boosts the price, it also extends the official range to 329 miles, making it comparable to the Kia EV6 and Enyaq 80, though not nearly as far as the Tesla Model Y Long Range.

The front wheels of both battery options are driven by a single electric motor as standard equipment. Even though the Ariya's acceleration isn't exceptionally swift by electric car standards, it is still substantially faster than the majority of petrol and diesel competitors. The Ariya's well-timed and consistent reaction to accelerator inputs makes it incredibly simple to drive comfortably.

In terms of the ride, things are on the firmer side. At low speeds, you can feel a steady but imperceptible choppiness, almost as if you can feel the road's roughness under the wheels. That's on the base 19-inch wheels, thus we advise against choosing the optional 20-inch wheels as they would accentuate this characteristic.

Nissan Ariya Interior 

If there's one aspect of the Nissan Ariya that will really wow you, it is the inside. Given that the smaller Nissan Leaf's interior has historically been a point of weakness, it looks and feels remarkably sophisticated.

In addition to a large slab of what appears to be wood across the dashboard face, there are other soft-touch materials on the top of the dashboard and the interiors of the doors. You touch the dashboard to change the interior temperature, and the touch-sensitive air conditioning controls shine through it. They provide a haptic sensation when you push them, similar to how some smartphones respond when you tap them, but they lack the user-friendliness of traditional buttons and can be a little challenging to see in bright light.

No matter which trim you choose, a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be located in the middle of the dashboard and a 12.3-inch digital display will be located behind the steering wheel. A crystal-clear head-up display is now available as standard equipment on the top-of-the-line Evolve trim.

Nissan Ariya Space

Although the Nissan Ariya has a sleek and fashionable roofline, the interior has an astounding amount of space. Nissan has made the most of the available space by utilising the Japanese idea of "Ma," or "the mastery of empty space." There is a tonne of room up front, and tall passengers will have plenty of head and leg room. The Ariya is sufficiently wide, so there is little chance of bumping elbows with the person seated next to you.

The rear seatbacks on the Arya can be slightly reclined to increase comfort when travelling long distances. All versions have 60/40 split-folding rear seats that can be folded almost flat to provide additional luggage space when needed. On both trim levels, a powered tailgate is included. Although the Kia EV6's 490-litre boot appears to have more space than the Ariya's 466-litre boot, you will be able to fit eight carry-on suitcases there, beating the Kia's seven.


The Ariya, Nissan's first electric SUV, is a commendable effort. It's simple to drive, has a roomy interior and impressive quality, and the high residual values should make it an alluring option for personal contract hire. 

At MWVC, we provide a range of Nissan Ariya electric car leasing deals to meet every driver's requirements for finding the ideal vehicle for themselves. Our knowledgeable sales team can assist you in finding the greatest price. Are you still unsure if an electric car lease is the best option for you? One of our representatives will be happy to assist you if you call 0116 490 4113.


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