Video test – Nissan Ariya: this electric SUV is a great surprise

Apart from the body line that will divide opinion, Nissan’s Aria electric family SUV is both very welcoming and has ergonomics that should convince many motorists. Will he succeed in getting you on board in his universe?

Elements shared with the Renault Megane

With a length of 4.60 m, a width of 1.85 m and a height of 1.66 m, the Nissan Aria is especially similar to the Volkswagen ID.4 (4.58 x 1.85 x 1.60 m) and more ID.5 (4.60 x ) is combined with 1.85 x 1.62 m) thanks to the SUV coupe-type profile, Hyundai Ioniq 5 (4.64 x 1.89 x 1.65 m) and Tesla Model Y (4.75 x 1.92 x 1.62 m) .

The Japanese SUV is the brand’s first vehicle based on the CMF-EV platform designed for electric models of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. As such, it shares its base with the Renault Megane E-Tech. With the latter, it is also common that it is driven by a compact synchronous motor with a wound rotor in which the magnet is replaced by copper.

The benefits, according to Almaz: reduced electricity consumption, especially at high speeds, thanks to the absence of rare earths and modulation of the current through the rotor. In the tested Nissan Ariya, it drives 178 kW (242 hp) to the front wheels for a maximum torque of 300 Nm.

High level Evolve

Now two energy capacities are offered for the lithium-ion battery in the Nissan Ariya: 63 or 87 kWh usable. It is the latter that equips the model in our possession. The package is made of NMC cells (nickel, manganese, cobalt) from the Korean company LG Chem.

We particularly benefit from the high-end Evolve trim, which brings a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, 10-speaker Bose audio system and Acoustimass subwoofer, double-glazed windows at the front and rear, and more.

A gray two-tone Ishidoro dress with a black roof and mirror is available as an option for €1,200. The car keeps standard 19-inch alloy wheels fitted with 235/55 tires supplied by Bridgestone. The Aria is illuminated with full LED technology units, including the fog lights.

Body and fork

Moving to the back, we immediately appreciate the presence of a windshield wiper, which is still often forgotten in SUVs. In the very accessible 468-litre boot, a button on the voice release button is used to remotely open the electric boot lid. Behind the wheels, the sides are well dug. A double hatch allows you to store many odds and ends, including charging cables.

By folding the backrest into 2 parts of the bench seat, the volume, which is already suitable for the Nissan Aria category, increases to 1350 liters from end to end on a flat floor. On the other hand, don’t look for frunk under the front cover: there isn’t any.

For larger load space requirements, it is possible to tow a trailer of up to 750 kg (1500 kg for all-wheel drive versions) or use the roof.

He sits very comfortably in the back

For an additional €1,500, the Ariya can swap the standard black TEP and suede interior for our test model’s blue Sukumo quilted leather trim. Thanks to the 2.78 m wheelbase, passengers sitting on the bench will have plenty of knee room. On the other hand, the seat is quite low, taking the legs of the chairs.

Those taller than 1.85m in head level will surely feel very close to the sky… the roof. ” The last time I saw such a carpet was in a Bentley or a Rolls “says Maxime Fontanier. Constructor that ” a high-quality floor mat with unique kumiko patterns “. As in the front, it covers a full-width section with a perfectly flat floor.

The door panels are luxuriously finished, lightly padded at the top for elbow comfort and trimmed in stitched leather. There’s something to admire about this inconvenience for rear passengers, who will benefit from LED-sensor mood lamps, heated seats, 2 air vents and USB and USB-C sockets.

We introduce you to your office

The finish quality of the Nissan Ariya can also be felt from the sound of the doors closing, which are generously lined with gaskets. ” They worked hard at Nissan “, – emphasizes our test journalist. The driver and the passenger sitting next to him will be seated in fairly firm and electrically adjustable seats, including at waist level. However, we could not find an ideal position for them.

design” both original and elegant Japanese electric SUV cheats. Many shortcut keys are discreetly integrated into the furniture at console level and below the 12.3-inch touchscreen tablet. In addition to an induction charger for smartphones, these seats have 3 sockets (12 V, USB and USB-C). With minor exceptions, the finish on Arya’s deck looks neat.

A drawer to the left of the glove box opens or closes with a simple push of a button. The manufacturer presents it as a workspace designed to accommodate a laptop. The desire to turn the living space into an office is a habit at Nissan. Moreover, it is not only in concepts, but also in the market car.

Pre-flight checklist

A second 12.3-inch digital screen dedicated to devices behind the wheel. The basic information is given there in a very readable manner. Next to this plate, the navigation system is countered by good responsiveness with fairly average graphics. The planner helps you identify charging stops when needed. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be integrated wirelessly.

It is interesting that the buttons for controlling the telephone and voice commands on the steering wheel are located on the same side as the driving assistants. In case of changing the driver, the steering wheel position is electrically adjustable in height and depth in Aria. The car is started by simultaneously pressing the button on the right side of the rim and the brake pedal. You won’t really forget it because the car reminds you that you are on board.

A clearly visible Camera button lets you access a rear view and an optional top view. Something that makes maneuvering easier with a vehicle with a turning circle of 10.8m according to the brochure. However, the felt impression for the latter will be closer to 12 m.

Very satisfactory damping

Do you like regenerative braking, soft or hard? The answer to this question will determine your driving parameters. In Drive with Eco mode, it will be almost non-existent. It feels better in Sport and even better if you shift from D (Drive) to B (Brake) with the gear selector. Its maximum responsiveness is achieved by selecting the e-Pedal device. All these settings are clearly marked on the instrument panel, in the center of the regen/consumption dial.

Thanks to the 18 cm clearance, going over a speed bump does not cause an adrenaline rush. In addition, the suspension, while classic, offers good filtration. ” Less exciting than the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Seats have less lift “, – Maxim Fontanier compares. Nissan will launch its electric SUV ” a good compromise between body retention and the ability to absorb shocks “.

The verdict on this version, which tips the scales at 2126 kg in working condition: ” To be honest, it’s not bad in terms of suspension quality. “.

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Safety without sacrificing enjoyment

For similar weight, We will have a little more front axle, less clumsy behavior than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 “What awaits our qualified journalist” to something softer, softer, especially since we have tires with relatively thick sidewalls “.

It provides dynamic driving on winding departmental roads and also good handling” fairly well calibrated steering wheel » and a progressive brake pedal that does not betray the transition from regeneration to the mechanical effect of the pads. The Aria has no trouble fitting into expressways and highways, as the brochure for the model in our hands shows a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds.

The multi-readable instrument panel and head-up display let you know the speed of evolution at any time, keeping you focused on the road. Especially effective stock that the Tesla Model Y lacks. Compared to the latter, the Japanese SUV is very quiet at a speed of 110 km/h.

Fans of driving vehicles will have to be content with lane keeping, adaptive cruise control and emergency braking that activates only after signals of progressive intensity.

Consumption and autonomy

Maxime Fontanier achieved an average consumption of 20.7 kWh per 100 km, as always very diversified, during a test run of more than 98 km. This will lead to a distance of about 420 km.

It will be compared with the figures previously achieved by Soufyane Benhammouda. On the road: 15.5 kW/100 km for a range of 561 km; expressways = 19.6 kWh / 444 km; in the city = 13.9 kWh / 626 km. This allowed him to average: 16.3 kWh per 100 km for a range of 534 km.

The magnetless compact motor therefore lives up to its promise, while the Aria charges into a larger battery. ” Truly exceptional for an SUV of this weight. confirms the man in the hat. At 130km/h the figures rise to 24.5kW/100km, resulting in a theoretical range of 355km.


At the ultra-fast DC terminal, the Aria’s charging power does not seem to easily exceed 115 kW against the 130 kW announced by Nissan, the curve reaches these slightly lighter figures, which remain relatively high for a longer time. compared to other electric vehicles with an equivalent package.

The 87kWh battery will take about 33 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%. Which is not ridiculous. There is a battery pre-conditioning system to get the best performance from the connection, but it requires manual action an hour before the drive.

For alternating current charging, the manufacturer offers an optional replacement of the 7.4 kW on-board unit with a 22 kW unit, which will allow the department to make the best use of the numerous terminals installed in public areas by energy associations. Exchange at 1000 euros should not be overlooked. Thus, Aria will be more effective than many of her opponents.


The price list of the entry-level Nissan Ariya with a 63 kWh battery starts at 47,300 euros. On the other hand, the all-motor version in the Evolve presentation and equipped with the 87 kWh package is shown online for €61,900. Between 2, the tested model, without options, costs 58,900 euros.

Still very high prices. We are at the level of Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6. And it’s more expensive than the Tesla Model Y, which starts at €50,000 for the 2-wheel drive version. “, argues Maxime Fontanier.

However, we can add to the Japanese manufacturer the reliability of its models and a wide network for after-sales service.

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