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Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE Review

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Nissan made a splash when the Ariya was unveiled.

As an exclusively electric SUV, it was among the first of its kind and gave us a glimpse into the future.

Style, performance, and sustainability go hand in hand – and that’s certainly true if you opt for the range-topping e-4ORCE model. This edition adds a second electric motor, meaning it’s all-wheel drive.

Like the rest of the range (which comprises two-wheel drive models with 63kWh and 87kWh batteries), the e-4ORCE version is available in a couple of trims: Advance and Evolve.

Nineteen-inch wheels, LED matrix lights, a powered tailgate, a snow driving mode, dual-zone climate control, an around-view camera and SatNav are standard.

The more expensive Evolve version gets part synthetic suede upholstery, a Bose premium audio system, an openable panoramic sunroof, and a head-up display.

All models get a ‘shield’ front grille – this houses the sensors for the ProPILOT driver-assist system.

Inside, you’re treated to a minimalist and modern cabin with two 12.3-inch displays, heated front seats, and a host of high-tech features that make driving a breeze.

The two electric motors that produce a combined output of 306PS and the all-wheel drive system ensure optimal power, traction, and stability in all conditions.

Is this Nissan pretty? Well, that’s up for debate – it’s certainly memorable, with its stocky design and very pronounced mouth.

The car’s sleek lines, coupe-like silhouette at the rear (thanks to a sloping roofline) and futuristic design elements give it a unique and eye-catching look.

The acceleration is fierce in the e-4ORCE versions, taking just 5.7 seconds to get from 0-62mph thanks to a burst of instant torque, ensuring rapid acceleration and seamless power delivery.

For an SUV, the handling is okay, but there’s a bit of body roll in the bends, and some competitors with all-electric offerings offer a dash more entertainment.

The ride comfort is better in the e-4ORCE models compared with the rest of the range, though. This is thanks to a revised multi-link rear suspension setup which helps deal with the additional heft of the second electric motor.

The Ariya includes a feature it calls e-Pedal, which enables one-pedal driving by automatically applying the brakes when you lift off the accelerator. This enables regenerative braking – a common feature on electric cars. But, as a new technology, some manufacturers’ creations aren’t particularly intuitive. I am pleased to report that’s not the case on the Ariya – its deceleration when using the e-Pedal feels consistent and predictable.

The cabin is functional and stylish, with the black and copper colour scheme giving a classy, modern feel. Indeed, the minimalist design gives the Nissan a premium vibe of quality and makes the interior seem spacious and airy.

The infotainment system is a standout feature, sitting alongside an identically sized digital instrument screen. The system is intuitive to use and packed with features like Nissan Connect, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

As you might imagine, practicality is a strong suit, with five seats offering ample space for all occupants, ensuring a comfy ride even on long journeys. The boot space is generous, too – so the family’s shopping will more than fit in.

Being an electric vehicle, the Ariya emits zero CO2 and, depending on trim, offers a range of 314 or 319 miles on a single charge of its 87kWh battery, making it a sustainable and economical SUV.

You will get up to 329 miles of range if you opt for the two-wheel drive edition, though, while a smaller 63kWh battery will get you up to 250 miles on a full charge.

Euro NCAP gave the Ariya a five-star safety rating when it was crash-tested, giving it 86% for adults, 89% for children and 93% for safety assists.

The latter score is due to the breadth of features like ProPILOT, intelligent forward collision warning, intelligent emergency braking, parking sensors, intelligent key, a driver alertness monitor, blind spot intervention and warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

Cruise control, lane intervention, object detection, and lane keep assist are other example of safety tech – and even that’s not the full list.

The Nissan Ariya e-4ORCE is a car that ticks all the right boxes. It is stylish, powerful, practical, and sustainable. It is not the cheapest option out there, and some challengers can charge more quickly. But these are minor gripes in what is otherwise a fantastic package.

So, if you’re in the market for a premium electric SUV, the Ariya e-4ORCE is definitely worth considering.

Fast Facts – Nissan Ariya [e-4ORCE, Evolve trim] as tested:

  • Max speed:            124mph
  • 0-62 mph:              5.7secs
  • Range:                   285 miles (87kWh battery)
  • Engine layout:       Dual electric motor with all-wheel drive
  • Max. power (PS):   306
  • CO2:                       0g/km
  • Price:                     £58,590

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