The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Another great family car from Nissan!

Starting price: £46,145

The Pros

Luxury interior

Lots of storage

Powered tailgate

Cons

No dials for climate control

Intro

Oozing fabulousness, Nissan’s first electric car (the Nissan Leaf), pales into significance when you see the Nissan Ayria. It’s a great looking car, sleek and stylish, and easy to drive. Being a crossover SUV, you’re nice and high on the road which means you get good visibility. As it’s electric, you’ll also notice the engine is lovely and quiet, so it won’t disturb any sleeping babies.

Nissan have kept the choice of trims simple, there’s basically two; Advance and Evolve. You then have to choose your battery size; 63 kWh, 87 kWh or e-4orce (which is a 87kWh battery with all-wheel drive and snow mode). We drove the Evolve with the larger battery.

There’s keyless entry and a start/stop button. We also noticed that as we approached the car, it automatically unlocked. There’s a simple dial to operate the gears too. Cruise control comes as standard and there’s an SOS button for emergencies.

Nissan also include their own app. This allows you to check the current range, locate the nearest charge point and most importantly; clear the windscreen and start the climate control before leaving the house! Brilliant on those cold, winter mornings, saving you precious minutes.

The range of the Nissan Ayria depends which battery size you opt for. The 63kWh battery offers a range of up to 250, just short of the Skoda Enyaq. Realistically though, you’re more likely to get 170 to 210 miles, taking into account weather and use of air con/heating etc.

However, choose the 87kWh battery and the range jumps to 329 miles. Again, in the real world, that’s more likely to be 269 to 300 miles, but still a game changer on longer journeys. That’s a similar range to the Kia Niro, but it beats the Citroen e C4.

Interior

When Claire’s youngest daughter stepped into the car, her first word was “wow,” and we’d agree! The Nissan Aryia has a very luxurious feel about it and a fabulous plush carpet on the floor that looks incredibly cosy. The interior is light and airy due to the panoramic sunroof. These are great for amusing babies in rear facing seats and it has a retractable cover to make it darker for when they decide to have a sleep. Soft touches can be found on top of the dashboard and on the insides of the doors, our only quibble is the rather cheaper looking wood effect across the dashboard and on the central console.

The dashboard itself, is sleek and tidy, with one long continual screen which consists of a 12.3 inch central infotainment system and a 12.3 inch digital cockpit behind the steering wheel. The infotainment system is fairly easy to navigate around, but there are also shortcut buttons to the side. A heads-up display shows the driver’s current speed and speed limit of the road. This will flash if the driver happens to be breaking speed limit! Smartphone integration comes as standard, but no need to panic if you’ve misplaced your cable as there is also wireless connection. We must say the map app from our phone looks crystal clear on the screen and is preferable to the on-board sat nav.

Dual climate control on the Nissan Ayria we found disappointing to operate. There are 2 ways to do this, first via the touchscreen, which is incredibly fiddly and feels unsafe as your eyes are taken off the road to alter the temperature. The second way is via touch buttons underneath the screen, which again requires you to avert your eyes away from the road to locate them. Whilst we’re very much in favour of a large, clear touchscreen, we’ve noticed more and more car manufacturers are using this to operate the air con. It feels unsafe, especially with children in the back and we much prefer good old-fashioned dials! There are air vents in the rear, but no separate temperature control.

Parking the Aryia is easy thanks to the front and rear parking sensors and large retractable wing mirrors. However, we are delighted to report that as it’s a Nissan, it will automatically come with a 360° camera. Absolute game changer in our opinion when parking, you’ll never look back and always want one! You’ll come to rely on this when reversing, as there’s no third small window in the back and visibility isn’t great. It’s also worth mentioning that the rear-view mirror can be switched to become a rear-view camera instead. We haven’t decided whether we like these as they take some getting used to!

Seats & Passenger Space

Seats in the Nissan Ayria are part leather and part synthetic swede, meaning any spills or crumbs can be wiped away with ease. Plenty of height and leg space can be found in the front for the driver and passenger. As you start the car, the seat will remember your setting and move to its last position whilst lowering the steering wheel. Similarly, when you exit, the seat moves back, and the steering wheel moves out of the way giving the driver lots of space to manoeuvre out of the car – how considerate! The driver and passenger seats are operated electronically with the option to save 2 different seat settings – handy if the passenger and driver swap seats!

These seats are ventilated for those warmer months and heated for the cold, winter months. The steering wheel is heated too – which we love – your hands won’t freeze! However, these functions are once again operated on the touchscreen and we feel are quite fiddly to operate, we much prefer a simple button – it just feels safer.

One thing we did notice that’s worth a mention is that the driver’s armrests aren’t the same height! The door rest and central console rest are uneven so on longer drives you may find it a little odd!

Moving to the rear and adult passengers will find adequate space in the Nissan. There’s plenty of leg space as the floor level is completely flat due to no exhaust pipe column down the centre. There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench, and we were able to fit 2 high back booster seats and our smallest booster in the centre. As an alternative, we were able to place a rear facing baby seat, high back booster and small booster in the centre. The rear seats are also heated and recline, making longer journeys more comfortable for sleeping children.

Privacy glass is on the rear windows too to help block out the sun’s glare. Much better than using flimsy car shades.

Cups & Cubby

The cupholders are perfectly positioned in between the driver and passenger seats just below the dashboard.

Here you’ll also find 1 front USB port and 1 USB C port which are hidden underneath the central console facing the opposite way you’d expect – so a bit fiddly. Underneath the central armrest, there’s a small amount of storage neatly hidden. Here you’ll find the wireless photo charger, but if you want your phone visible whilst charging, you’ll have to stick it in one of the cupholders. The front door bins are a perfectly adequate size and you’ll be able to fit a water bottle in there whilst leaving room for other bits and bobs. There’s a handy overhead sunglasses holder next to the SOS button and the glove box is a good size.

However, our favourite feature of the Nissan Ayria, is a magical drawer that appears electronically from under the dashboard at the touch of a button! You’ll be able to put all sorts of bits and bobs in there!

In the rear, there are 2 central cupholders in the armrest and large storage pockets on the back of the driver and passenger seats. The door bins are a fairly good size, we managed to get a large water bottle in there, but it doesn’t leave room for much else. There is 1 USB port and 1 USB C port next to the air con vents to keep those iPads charged – priorities!

Boot Space

The boot is a good size – 466 litres, but it is on the small side compared with other cars in its class. It also drops to 408 litres if you opt for the e-4orce trim. Having said that, we were able to fit our large pram in there and it still left lots of room for shopping, school bags, sports kits and even the dog! Our stroller also fit neatly in the back, and it didn’t have to be placed diagonally, leaving a huge amount of space in the boot.

The boot floor is flush, which is great when sliding items in and out and the floor can be removed in 2 separate pieces creating further storage options. It’s also somewhere to keep those charging cables tucked away. Its worth remembering, that as it is a crossover SUV, you won’t quite get the height in the boot as you would with a standard SUV.

There’s a powered tailgate (boot button), which are great when your hands are literally laden down. Press the button on the keys or better still, sweep your foot under the boot and it will magically open! You’ll notice a beeping sound when it opens and closes too, to alert anyone nearby to get out of the way!

Summary

Finally, a safety feature that needs a mention is the lane assist. If the car detects the driver hasn’t indicated to switch lanes, you’ll feel an enormous amount of tension in the steering wheel and it will try to stop the car from drifting – handy if you’re distracted even for a moment. We also like the “hold” function. When stuck in traffic, you don’t need to apply the handbrake, the car will effectively “hold” the car in a stationary position until you accelerate. A really handy feature.

To summarise, we really liked the Nissan Ayria. If you’re thinking of switching to a fully electric family car, we would definitely recommend you take a test drive. Even the entry level trim comes with some fabulous features, such as the 360°camera. We had the car for a week and only used about half of the battery when using it for day to day family life. Nissan have produced another great car!

Car seats used in this review: 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm) 1 x Maxi Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4595 (L) x 1850 (W) x 1660 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

466 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

112 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

from 250 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60mph from 7.6 secs