Nissan Ariya review – Interior, design and technology

It’s clear from the first glance that the all-electric Ariya offers plenty of style and appeal. Buyers will have to recalibrate their thinking about what they want from a Nissan family SUV, as we believe it outperforms anything the Japanese automaker currently has in its lineup.

The Ariya has a minimalist exterior design that’s still distinctive enough to create real desirability, but it’s inside the cabin that buyers will be seriously impressed. The level of perceived quality is excellent, and better than you’ll find from any Volkswagen ID rival. Wood-effect trim pairs well with premium upholstery, while ambient lighting (inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns) is a smart touch.

Instead of traditional dials to operate the heating and ventilation functions, Nissan has used a series of haptic controls placed in the dashboard below the 12.3-inch infotainment screen. They work amazingly well and add to the cool interior design theme.

It’s a simple choice in terms of gear levels; the Advance model features useful kit and the latest technology, with the Evolve spec adding luxuries such as a panoramic sunroof, Bose sound system and head-up display feature.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The initial expectations of Nissan’s setup are tied to the screens themselves. Although the twin screens are large, the resolution isn’t as high as we’d like, so the data displayed isn’t as crisp. Despite this, the software is light years ahead of what Nissan offers in some of its other cars today.

We’re impressed with the screen’s speed when responding to touches, while loading times in general are competitive with systems from rivals such as Volkswagen. The map display is also bright and clear, with no tedious and unnecessary detail cluttering it.

Of course, there’s the added benefit of standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, meaning there’s one less thing to familiarize yourself with if you’re buying a car from Nissan for the first time.