Nissan Ariya review: running costs & insurance
The Ariya should be reasonably cheap to run and maintain, not to mention a very tempting company-car option
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The Nissan Ariya isn't the cheapest electric family SUV around, but is far from the most expensive we’ve seen – it’s somewhere in the middle of the pack. Thankfully, you’ll be able to save some money when it comes to maintenance, while a rock-bottom Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate of 2% for all electric cars makes it extremely appealing for company-car drivers.
Nissan Ariya insurance group
The Ariya lands in insurance groups 30 to 43 depending on the exact specification and powertrain you go for, which is about what you’d expect for this kind of electric car. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 attracts very similar ratings, but the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV should be less expensive to insure than the Nissan.
Like all new Nissans today, the Ariya is covered by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, while the car’s battery gets an eight year/100,000 mile guarantee. That’s the same basic coverage you get with a Skoda Enyaq iV, but far less than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6’s five and seven year warranties. You can at least purchase an extended warranty for your Ariya from Nissan once the factory coverage expires.
While petrol or diesel-engined cars might need a good service every year, the Ariya only needs to be looked at every 18,000 miles according to Nissan, which for most people will be nearly two years’ worth of driving. This is because electric cars have far fewer moving parts that need inspection, and as a result you’ll save a good chunk of change compared to running a petrol or diesel car.
According to the latest industry data, the Nissan Ariya is projected to retain anything between 51 and 54% of its initial asking price over three years and 36,000 miles of ownership. That's slightly better than the Volkswagen ID.4 which'll hold onto 46 and 51% of its value over the same period - a good thing, given the Ariya's higher asking price.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 ratingA lengthy list of driver assistance systems and brand-new EV platform suggests safety shouldn’t be a concern with the Nissan Ariya