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

4.5 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.

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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