The Nissan Ariya and the Nissan X-Trail are both electrically powered. Yet the X-Trail is not an electric car. Is this concept Columbus's egg or is it better to go for a 'real' EV? We'll find out.
In addition to fully electric cars, we have had parallel hybrids and plug-in hybrids for years. With the Qashqai and X-Trail e-Power and e-4ORCE, Nissan is taking a third path. The wheels are driven purely electrically and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder only serves to recharge the batteries for the electric motor.
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The X-Trail e-4ORCE in this test has a second electric motor above the rear axle that drives the rear wheels. The system power of the top version is 213 hp and the torque is around 530 Nm. Doesn't sound bad. Yet the most powerful version of the electric Nissan Ariya outperforms it with 306 hp and 600 Nm.
The two Nissans also show clear differences on the outside. The nose of the Ariya, with its closed 'grille', looks sleeker. And while the X-Trail is an old-school SUV from the side, its electric brother moves more towards a crossover coupe. Thanks to its sleek, car-wide light units, the Ariya also appears slightly more dynamic at the rear. This trend continues on the inside. In the Ariya, the instruments and infotainment screen are better integrated and you can operate many functions with smooth touch surfaces.
The X-Trail still has many traditional buttons. This is less trendy, but improves ease of use. The four-wheel drive X-Trail comes with a third row of seats at an additional cost. Well, with two hard-to-reach emergency seats that are only suitable for children. Adults have plenty of space in the second row of seats, slightly more than in the Ariya. Moreover, the X-Trail is the trunk leader of the bunch, with 575 versus 415 liters. With the third row of seats in use, the luggage space advantage of the X-Trail shrinks to approximately 50 liters.
Those looking for the most driving pleasure are better served with the Nissan Ariya. Due to its ample power and low center of gravity, it offers more dynamic driving behavior and is also the quieter of the two. When the three-cylinder of the X-Trail has to work, it seems as if an espresso machine is having a coughing fit deep in its nose. In return, it offers a pleasantly smooth suspension comfort.
The main purpose of the X-Trail's complex powertrain is to reduce consumption. But without bothering the rider with range anxiety or loading stress. Despite frequent use of the pleasantly functioning e-pedal, the consumption figure is not that bad. We are stuck at 7.9 l/100 km (1 in 12.7).
With a practical consumption of 23.2 kWh/100 km (WLTP: 19.8 kWh/100 km), the Ariya is not an economy miracle either. Thanks to the large 87 kWh battery, it still manages to achieve a range of 375 km. If you drive carefully, you can even get as far as 500 km. With a caravan (up to 1500 kg) on the hook, probably only half of that remains. Fast charging is possible with a maximum of 130 kW. The X-Trail can carry 300 kg more on the hook and has even been named Tow Car of the Year 2023 by the ANWB.
The electric Ariya is faster and quieter, the X-Trail is more comfortable and more spacious. The biggest advantage of the X-Trail is its range, although we do not find the complicated technical concept convincing. Consumption is simply too high for that. A 'normal' hybrid like the Toyota RAV4 does this much better. That's why we lean towards the Ariya. Especially when we look at the price tags.
The Nissan Ariya is available from 44,990 euros, making it eligible for the purchase subsidy of 2950 euros. Moreover, it will be completely road tax-free for a while. The dealer asks at least 50,390 euros for the Nissan X-Trail. For the four-wheel drive seven-seater you even have to pay 55,490 euros. Furthermore, there is no subsidy and you already pay road tax, although it is not (yet) the full price. Only if you often drive long distances or are looking for a seven-seater, we can imagine that you would choose the X-Trail of these two.
This post was last modified on November 15, 2023 6:14 am
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