Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya

Nissan and Volkswagen are pioneers in the affordable electric vehicle industry and are no strangers to pushing the market forward with their reasonably priced and technologically advanced vehicles. The Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID4 are the latest electrically powered compact SUVs from these manufacturers and make for a close comparison for anyone searching to enter the EV scene without committing to the traditionally small sedans that ruled the electric market for the past decade. Here, we will examine each of these revolutionary EVs and help you choose which is best for your lifestyle.

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya Battery Efficiency And Power

One major drawback of the last generation of EVs was their limited range and relatively uninspired performance that could leave drivers wanting. The Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID4 buck that trend by delivering exceptional performance and decent range without sacrificing electric efficiency. Here are the specs on both vehicles:

Volkswagen ID4

  • Horsepower: 201
  • Torque: 229 ft-lb
  • Range On A Single Charge: 209 miles (Standard Trim)
  • 220v Charge Time: 5 Hours
  • DC Quick Charge Time: 10-80% in 33 min.
  • Battery Capacity: 66 KwH

Nissan Ariya

  • Horsepower: 214
  • Torque: 221ft-lb
  • Range On A Single Charge: 216 miles (Standard Trim)
  • 220v Charge Time: 10 Hours
  • DC Quick Charge Time: 10-80% in 35 min
  • Battery Capacity: 66 KwH

Overall, it is a close race for battery power and performance between the Ariya and ID4. The Ariya has a larger capacity and thus a slightly longer charge time alongside its greater range; however, the difference in 220v charge times is negligible if you are charging at home overnight. The main difference is how they perform, and the Ariya has the edge there. Although the difference in horsepower may seem close, the Ariya feels better to drive and delivers an exhilarating drive compared to the relatively flat sensation provided by the ID4.

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya Interior And Technology

Overall, driver safety features, connectivity, and integrated technology are similar between the Ariya and the ID4. However, where they differ is regarding execution. Overall, the Nissan Ariya provides a seamless driver experience, and its wide 12.3" touchscreen infotainment systems make it a breeze to adjust everything from the radio to the climate control systems. The ID4, on the other hand, has a sloppy delivery with convoluted menu navigation, overly sensitive soft-touch controls on the steering wheel, and a generally disjointed feeling to the entire entertainment package.

Both vehicles are comfortable and roomy, providing seating for up to five and making the most available room. Where the ID4 has a slight edge is with more cargo space thanks to its more extensive design philosophy. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya has an arguably better aesthetic due to its faux wood trim and simple layout. The interior of the ID4 feels cheap and, for the price, delivers a bland aesthetic that leaves much to be desired.

Volkswagen ID4 Vs. Nissan Ariya Conclusion

While both vehicles make for a great compact electric SUV, the Nissan Ariya pulls ahead thanks to its greater range, superior performance, and overall superior design to the ID4. The redeeming qualities of being a bit cheaper and slightly larger help the ID4 be competitive, but with too many cost-cutting measures evident from even a cursory inspection, it is unlikely to hold up to the Nissan Ariya in the long term.

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Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya

While Tesla may have dominated the narrative for the electric vehicle (EV) market for nearly a decade, they have seen themselves dethroned as competition has entered the scene and is shaking up the weak foundation Tesla had built its brand upon. The Nissan Ariya has targeted the Tesla Model Y in the electric crossover SUV sector and is out for blood, bringing similar features, a refreshed aesthetic, and a competitive price. Read below for a full breakdown and quick comparison of these two competing EVs.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Aesthetics

The Tesla Model Y and Nissan Ariya may be in the same class, but they are vastly different aesthetically. The Model Y has a traditionalistic approach to its exterior and doesn't do anything to push the envelope. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya has an aggressive design that cuts an impressive profile and a curb appeal that will turn heads.

Inside, both vehicles have similar sizes but with different execution. Tesla is known for its monolithic central consoles and minimalistic futuristic interior. Nissan Ariya vehicles sport a synthetic wood finish and soft touch buttons that upgrade the traditional switch design in older model vehicles. While comparable, the interiors have one significant difference, which is the undeniably superior comfort of Nissan's patented 'zero gravity' seats. These bucket-style seats reduce fatigue and provide lumbar support making Nissan vehicles more comfortable than anything Tesla can deliver.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Performance

When considering an EV, the most crucial factor for many purchasers is the vehicle's overall range, performance, and charge time. The Nissan Ariya is a high performer with the following specifications:

  • 90-kwh battery and front-wheel-drive,
  • 300-mile driving range a
  • 214 horsepower and 221 ft-lb of torque
  • Charge times range from 10%-100% in 10 at 220V, 1.5h at 440V

Newer Tesla Model Y Vehicles include:

  • Charge times: 11.5 to 11.8h at 220V and around 50 min at 440V
  • Short Range, Performance, Model:
    • 291-mile of range
    • 450 horsepower
    • 471 ft-lb of torque
  • Long Range Model:
    • 316 miles of range
    • 384 horsepower
    • 375 ft-lb of torque

Overall the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y are incredibly similar and depend heavily on the model trim.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Technology

Tesla is well known for having incredible technology, and the Model Y is no different. However, the Tesla lineup of vehicles hasn't improved its tech for several years. It has a single monolithic screen that controls every feature of the SUV and comes standard with Tesla's Autopilot features. Conversely, the Nissan Ariya takes it a step further by sporting two 12" screens and its own driver assistance technologies. Both models have Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and wireless phone charging.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya, The Deciding Factor

Finally, despite being incredibly similar, there is one significant difference between the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y: the price. Whether you purchase a new or used Model Y is roughly $10,000 more expensive than the Nissan Ariya.

Tesla Model Y Vs. Nissan Ariya Conclusion

Overall, the choice between the Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y is an easy one. With similar technology, some of the highest-rated safety, driver assistance programs, and a far fairer price point, the Nissan Ariya is our choice for the best compact electric SUV.

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