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
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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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictComfortable, refined and striking, Nissan’s follow-up to the pioneering Leaf is a strong contender in the electric family-car class
- 2Range, battery & chargingReal-world range and rapid-charging speeds are both decent, but could be better
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Ariya should be reasonably cheap to run and maintain, not to mention a very tempting company-car option
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Nissan Ariya is a refined and comfortable family SUV, with plenty of poke even in front-wheel drive form
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentNissan’s first electric SUV isn’t the cheapest on sale today, but is priced competitively against its premium-feeling rivals
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe Ariya’s cabin is more spacious than its rakish roofline might suggest, but rivals offer significantly more boot space
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA lengthy list of driver assistance systems and brand-new EV platform suggests safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Nissan Ariya