First Drive: 2022 Nissan Ariya Prototype Review Car News

A test course simulating various driving situations on a flowing racing circuit was not the best place to judge ride comfort, but taking curbs and other track surfaces designed to scare racing cars with their roughness suggested that the Ariya had a particularly damped ride, but with more control and less pitch than the Ioniq 5 occasionally boat. It might be particularly suitable for UK roads.

The flip side is that it’s not a sharp driver’s car, but that’s okay. With the full 215bhp hitting the front wheels only, it can move around a bit on slippery surfaces, with a hint of steering torque when it hooks up. The body rolls a little in the corners and the handling is adequate rather than leaning.

Overall, as long as you don’t handle it, the Ariya is a natural, easy-to-drive EV, with sensibly tuned, well-weighted steering, and a level of regen that can be changed on the fly, though it lacks a real one-pedal mode.

The Ariya can be pre-ordered in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands for summer deliveries, with prices ranging from £41,845 for the Small Battery to £58,440 for the Performance. The single-motor, big-battery model costs £51,090.

We’ll reserve judgment on the Ariya until we spend more time in one. For now, it’s an attractive and characterful EV SUV, but it looks quite expensive.

Nissan Ariya 63kWh Advance Prototype Specifications

Price £41,845 Motor 1 x front mounted externally excited synchronous AC Power 215 hp Couple 221 lb ft Transmission single speed reducer, front wheel drive Battery 63kWh usable, 66kWh gross Unloaded weight 1800-2300kg 0-62mph 7.5 sec Top speed 100mph Vary 250 miles Rivals Hyundai Ioniq 5 58kWh 170PS, Volkswagen ID 4 52kWh Pure Performance 170PS

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This notice was published: 2022-03-23 00:01:23

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