Nissan Ariya (2022 – present) | Expert Rating

Summary


The Nissan Ariya is a mid-sized five-door SUV, and the Japanese manufacturer’s first attempt at a large all-electric (EV) family car. After a year of delays due to supply shortages, the Ariya arrived in the UK in the middle of 2022.

Customers can choose from two battery grades – the standard 63kWh unit or the ‘extended range’ 87kWh battery, which Nissan promises can travel 250 miles and 329 miles respectively from full charge. While lead-in models use a single 160kW electric motor to power the front wheels, the faster range-topping variant is all-wheel drive, with a motor in the front and the back.

Nissan’s first big EV launch since the introduction of the current-generation Nissan Leaf in 2018, the Ariya has been well-received by the British motoring media so far – Auto Express describes the SUV as “a great leap in the right direction for Nissan” that Car says “looks set for a battle royal at the top-end of the class.”

“The Ariya is a great-looking and well-equipped electric family SUV”, Carwow explains, “but its boot is a bit on the small side and other EVs have better charging capabilities.”

Reviewers agree that the Nissan is well-equipped and refined inside, but a few comment that the Ariya might struggle to stand out from a very competitive all-electric SUV class, as it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. “It’s no better than anything that’s already been out there for a while”, The Sun comments, adding that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are better choices.

Pricing is another frequently raised issue – the entry-level Ariya is around £3,000 more expensive than the cheapest version of the Skoda Enyaq, which is the current class-leader.

That said, Driving Electric argues that the Ariya is still a great all-electric option worthy of consideration. “This is by no means the cheapest zero-emissions family car around, but it’s a premium-feeling product that gets loads of kit for the money.”

As of July 2022, the Nissan Ariya holds an Expert Rating of 78%, based on 16 reviews published by British media sources. This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see a large number of UK-based reviews being published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

Ariya highlights

  • Refined, spacious and well-built interior
  • Well-equipped entry-level models
  • Competitive battery range
  • Eye-catching exterior styling
  • Comfortable ride

Ariya lowlights

  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Rivals offer more boot space
  • Charging rate isn’t very fast
  • Not exciting to drive
  • Infotainment controls rather fiddly

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines:
electric, battery-powered
Price:
From £43,845 on-road

Launched: Summer 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


No safety rating

As of July 2022, the Nissan Ariya has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of July 2022, the Nissan Ariya has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Nissan Ariya to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Ariya, we’ll publish the score here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Nissan Ariya has received

2022

  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Best Mid-sized Company Car
  • iF Awards – iF Design Award
  • Red Dot Awards – Red Dot Design Award

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