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Nissan Ariya SUV - Interior & comfort

The Ariya’s interior feels a lot more premium than you might expect

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.5 out of 5

SUVs are primarily used as comfortable family transportation; Nissan knows this well as the Qashqai has long been the sovereign of the school run since its debut in 2007. 

The Ariya has clearly taken lessons from the Qashqai as the electric SUV is just as refined as its petrol-powered counterpart. Nissan has tuned the car’s suspension to soak up speed bumps and imperfections in the road, with only the largest of potholes causing any real disturbance in the cabin.

Thanks to its electric powertrain, the Ariya is quiet, too. There is very little whine from the electric motor under acceleration and wind noise is not much of a concern.

Nissan Ariya dashboard

Nissan is proud of its Japanese heritage, and that shows in the interior of the Ariya. The brand has employed what it describes as traditional ‘Japanese Andon-style lighting’ that sets a relaxing and premium ambiance and takes inspiration from paper lanterns.

A large piece of wood trim spans the entirety of the dashboard and feels like something pulled out of a much more luxurious car – it’s a big step up in quality for Nissan. This cleverly conceals several of the Ariya’s touch-sensitive controls, which magically illuminate from behind the facia whenever the car is turned on. While we prefer physical dials for ventilation controls, the Ariya’s touch controls do at least offer haptic feedback.

Sitting above this is the Ariya’s infotainment system; this consists of two 12.3-inch screens, mounted side-by-side. One of these displays acts as a digital instrument cluster for the driver – this can be configured to show information such as navigation directions and the current level of charge.

The display mounted to the left of the instrument cluster can be operated as a touchscreen and is the car’s main infotainment interface. As standard, this comes fitted with sat-nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. While it is certainly easy to use, rivals such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 offer systems that have sharper graphics and faster loading speeds.

Trim levels

At launch, buyers can configure their Ariya in one of two trim levels: Advance and Evolve. Despite sounding confusingly similar, the Advance acts as the entry point into the range. This comes with a wide selection of standard equipment including 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, the aforementioned dual 12.3-inch infotainment setup, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, a 360-degree camera system and an electrically operated tailgate.

For an extra £4,000, you can step up to the Evolve model. Alongside the larger 87kWh battery, this boasts luxuries such as a clever sliding centre console, a glass panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable heated and ventilated seats, a 10-speaker Bose sound system and a digital rear-view mirror.

All Ariya models get the full suite of Nissan safety systems, which includes the Pro-Pilot semi-autonomous driving function, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beams.

Optional extras

If you can’t quite justify upgrading to the Evolve trim but quite like some of its features, there are two option packs available for the Ariya Advance model. The first, dubbed the Sky Pack, adds the panoramic sunroof for around £1,300. The Bose Tech Pack adds the aforementioned sound system alongside a digital rear-view mirror and a heads up display for £1,750.

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