Nissan Ariya review: reliability & safety rating
A lengthy list of driver assistance systems and brand-new EV platform suggests safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Nissan Ariya
The Ariya has yet to go through Euro NCAP’s battery of safety tests, but its sister car, the Renault Megane E-Tech has, and received the maximum five-star rating. That, taken with the Ariya’s extensive list of standard safety kit and semi-autonomous driving system, should reassure potential buyers considering it as their next family car.
Nissan Ariya reliability & problems
The Ariya is also a bit too new to gather any data about its reliability, and its sister car, the Renault Megane E-Tech, hasn’t even gone on sale in the UK yet. However, considering Nissan’s first electric car – the Leaf – was the most reliable electric car on aftermarket warranty provider WarrantyWise’s books, we have high hopes when it comes to the Ariya’s reliability.
Meanwhile, Nissan as a brand fared quite well in the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, finishing 15th out of 29 manufacturers. Owners gave good marks for ride quality, connectivity, and acceleration, but were less positive when it came to outward visibility and design.
Every Ariya comes fully equipped with a host of driver assistance and safety systems. That includes a 360-degree camera setup, adaptive cruise control, driver alertness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, front and rear automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.
All models also get an advanced version of Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system. The setup is designed to make motorway driving and traffic jams a little easier and less stressful, by keeping you centre in the lane and adjusting your speed based on upcoming road conditions, among other functions. It’s even able to slow the car for approaching corners, and bring it to a full stop in stop/start traffic.
Top-spec models also come with a ProPilot Park system. Tap a button and the Ariya takes over steering, accelerator and braking to bring you into a parking 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 & practicalityThe Ariya’s cabin is more spacious than its rakish roofline might suggest, but rivals offer significantly more boot space
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingA lengthy list of driver assistance systems and brand-new EV platform suggests safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Nissan Ariya