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Nissan Ariya review: boot space, seating & practicality

The Ariya’s cabin is more spacious than its rakish roofline might suggest, but rivals offer significantly more boot space

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
4,595mm1,850mm1,660mm408-466 litres

Under the rather svelte body is the brand-new CMF-EV platform, designed by Nissan and its alliance partner Renault to underpin their next generation of electric cars, including the Megane E-Tech hatchback. The Ariya is bigger than its French cousin, though, at nearly 4.6 metres long and with a 2.77-metre wheelbase. As a result, there’s plenty of cabin space in the front and back, however, boot space could be a lot better.

Nissan Ariya interior space, storage & comfort

Instead of a tall, wide centre console making you feel cocooned in your seat, the Ariya’s can slide back and forth electronically to where you want it, which gives the cabin a much more airy feel. On the centre console you’ll find a pair of cupholders, drive-mode selector buttons and a wireless charging tray for your phone. There’s a glovebox and an additional ‘secret’ compartment next to it in the dashboard, too.

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As you might expect, there’s plenty of space in the back, too. You can thank the slim battery pack for that, which is 33% thinner than a Leaf’s, so the floor is relatively low, which results in plentiful legroom. Rear headroom is good as well, even with the rakish-looking roofline. 

Boot space

Front-wheel-drive versions of the Ariya offer 466 litres of boot space, which is more than enough for a buggy or golf bag. However, there’s no ‘frunk’ under the bonnet like the Mustang Mach-E and if you go for a model with an all-wheel drive Ariya you get 408 litres to play with.

Either way, the Ariya offers less boot space than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (527 litres), Skoda Enyaq iV (585 litres) or even the more compact Kia Niro EV (475 litres). You can at least fold down the rear seats in a 60:40 split, should you need some extra space.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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