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Nissan Ariya: It's not nice to drink


As elegant and cool as the interior looks, from the outside the new Nissan Ariya electric car is a chunky beast with an aggro vibe. It's great to drive - and it does the parking itself.

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Nico, come in.

Let's toast, my boy.

I want to rotate

You can do that too.

But just in here.

Because the interior is the chocolate side of the car we are dealing with today.


In here it looks like a lounge, casual, airy and luxurious.

And we even have something to nibble on here.

And two drinks - non-alcoholic, of course.

Not bad.

Then let's toast.

To the car we're going for a lap in today.

The Nissan Ariya.





We drank and cleaned up.

Now we deal with the details here in the interior.

Many car manufacturers claim that there is a lounge atmosphere in their vehicles.

Here in the Nissan Ariya, that's really true.

The decor is elegant and minimalist.

The floor is completely level and the overall feeling of space is great.

There are also a few extras.

Here, for example, this drawer that can be opened electrically.

We've already used it for storage before.

Then there is the electrically adjustable center console.

The blue leather seats or those lighted bits here and here on the doors.

But there are also quite conventional controls in here.

A heated steering wheel, for example, with a number of buttons, for example for volume or operation.

Two 12.3 inch screens.

Here on the left as a digital cockpit and here on the right as a touchscreen for all infotainment functions and incorporated into this panel below, the buttons for operation and finally here a mouse-like structure on the center console.

This is the lever for the automatic transmission.


and our car, which also has a few extras installed, such as a head-up display, a driver's rear-view mirror that can be switched to a camera image.

And a large panoramic glass sunroof.

So much for the impressions while standing. Now it's time to drive.


The Ariya offers what you would expect from an electric car, namely powerful and very quiet driving.

The steering, transmission and chassis are rounded and harmoniously coordinated.

And if you prefer to be a little more economical or a little sportier on the road, you have the option of setting an eco mode or sport mode in addition to the standard mode using this drive mode switch.

And another button e pedal.

When pressed, it activates recuperation, i.e. if you take your foot off the pedal,

a clear braking effect can be felt and this braking effect generates electrical energy and feeds it back into the battery.

You hardly have to step on the brake pedal.

As airy and filigree as the car looks from the inside, the picture changes from the outside.

Some praise this body as forward-looking and the design was even awarded the renowned Red Dot design prize.

For my taste, however, the Nissan Ariya looks fat and clumsy above all.

For example the front end of the 4 meter long car.

There is a large black bezel here.

And these ultra-slim lights together create an almost frightening picture.

And on the side, these large, already large 20-inch wheels are optically enlarged by these wide black frames around the wheel arches,

to at least somewhat match the massive body surface.

Above the side windows, this curved chrome line gives the impression of a coupé, but of course it is actually an SUV.

Technically, the Nissan Ariya is based on an electric platform from the Renault-Nissan Group and is available with two different battery sizes and three engines.

In our test car, the large battery is combined with the medium engine.

And the electric motor, let's take a look at it now!

Under the front hood there is no front trunk, only technology.

Above all, of course, the machine.

In our case, it develops an output of 178 kW, which corresponds to 242 hp.

In addition, a maximum torque of 300 Newton meters.

This means that the car can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h and, according to the WLTP standard, consumes 18

4 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers.

And in fact, this value can also be achieved in practice, i.e. between 18 and 20 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers.

This machine is powered by a battery.

It sits in the underbody and has a storage capacity of 87 kilowatt hours.

According to the WLTP standard, this results in a range of up to 525 kilometers.

The battery can be charged with up to 22 kilowatts of alternating current or up to 130 kilowatts of direct current.

And the jack?

She's sitting here on the right.

But we'll sit down in the front left again, because we're doing another lap.

The Nissan Ariya carries quite a lot of sheet metal with it and comparatively little glass.

This also means that, for example, the view to the rear is severely restricted.

And something else stands out in here:

The headroom isn't that great.

This is due to the battery, which is installed in the underbody.

And you sit in here.

So basically on the mezzanine floor.

It might be uncomfortable for tall people.

So, and now let's take a look at the trunk and look for a parking space.

Of course we have to stop again to look in the trunk.

And I don't even have to park myself, because there's an automatic parking space in here for that.

Let's try them again now.

So you look for a parking space.

Let's take this one.

Press start.

And now feet off the pedals.

Hands up!

As in the lounge, I'm sitting very comfortably here.

And the car does the rest on its own.

In this case, to steer backwards into the selected parking space.

And that works by the way with parking spaces across,

but also along the direction of travel.

Thank you very much.

Yes, look back.

So, this is the view into the trunk.

As seen, the tailgate opens with an implied kick.

And here we now have the luggage compartment with a volume of 468 liters.

That's pretty much average.

The load space can also be enlarged by folding down the rear seat backrest.

So far, Nissan has not made any statements about how large the volume will be.

And there is still a bit of storage space down here and you can, for example, also insert the floor here in an upright format to get a little better order in the trunk.

Yes, and how do you find it overall now, the car?

The conclusion to the Nissan Ariya: Plus points are the surprising interior details, the simple operation and the remarkably quiet noise.

Minuses are the unnecessarily aggressive exterior design, poor rearward visibility and rather average trunk.

And the price?

How much does it cost here?

The Nissan Ariya is available from €47,490.

Our test car with the large battery and a few extras costs €65,990.

This is sobering even after two non-alcoholic drinks

Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-12-31

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