Nissan Ariya vs. VW ID.4: Range and powertrain
The 2023 Nissan Ariya is an excellent five-seater that offers drivers plenty of customizations. Not only did the Ariya transition from the Japanese manufacturer to the modern area, but its focus on luxury and comfort has secured its future in the EV marketplace.
Ariya drivers can choose between standard or extended range trims, as well as single or dual-motor variants. A 91kWh battery option will be available in North America, and European models will offer a standard 66kWh battery option plus a 91kWh option with an extended range.
The standard trim Ariya cranks out 235 hp, while the e4orce all-wheel-drive trim pumps out an impressive 389 hp. For $45,950, the base 2023 Nissan Ariya Venture+ has a 300-mile driving range.
Based on the CMF-EV platform from Mitsubishi and Nissan, the crossover features a 3D Japanese Kumiko pattern on its front end. While you’ll get a 12.3-inch touchscreen, you won’t find any physical buttons. Owners will also receive 59.7 cubic feet of storage.
Because the Nissan Ariya is critical for
Nissan’s future success, the love, care and attention to detail are evident.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is the
German automaker’sfirst North American electric SUV. It’s stylish, a smooth ride, and packed with impressive tech. The compact crossover is as practical as it gets with lots of ready-to-use space for drivers.
The SUV’s fast charging speed increased 10 kW to reach 135, and an auto-hold brake feature now comes standard.
Kelley Blue Book (KBB), “There are single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) and dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) options for the ID.4, both of which are available for either of the two available trims. The dual-motor AWD setup offers more performance and better all-weather traction.”
The single motor option features an 82-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. It also has a combined EPA of 97 mpg. The dual electric motors include the same size battery pack with 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 also has an improved range, with the ability to go 280 miles per charge instead of 260. With the ID.4 Pro S, you can expect a range of about 268 miles and 251 miles with the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Pro.
Nissan Ariya vs. VW ID.4: Exterior and interior styling
With a distinctive design and a 182.9-inch overall length, the Ariya is at the heart of the compact SUV segment. “But it looks bigger in person, thanks to both the height of its front end and the body's cab-forward packaging, which puts the base of the windshield pretty much directly over the front-axle line,” according to
Car and Driver.
The Ariya is definitely more exciting than the Leaf, with an expansive grille panel and narrow LED headlights. Inside, the minimalist design features twin 12.3-inch display screens for instrumentation and infotainment. Audio and cruise functions are integrated into the steering wheel.
Car and Driver, “Controls for the dynamic mode selector and e-Pedal function are below the gear selector on the center console, together with a switch that opens and closes a motorized storage compartment under the dash.”
The Volkswagen ID.4’s exterior is a mix between futuristic styling and the look of your typical family SUV. It has bold body lines and a handsome light signature.
While it's not the most flashy design, the ID.4’s interior is contemporary with ambient lighting and lots of tech features.
According to Car and Driver, “The interior design is uncluttered and playful; cloth seats with heat for the front occupants are standard but going with the Pro S model brings faux-leather upholstery along with 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory functionality.”
Also, the cargo space is huge. You can fit eight carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 26 when the rear seats are folded down.
The standard IQ.DRIVE suite features include lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. The Volkswagen ID cockpit is an informative and digital instrument display that also comes standard.
Price and forward-thinking
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 gives buyers a better than average limited warranty, just-ok powertrain coverage, and about two years of scheduled maintenance on the house.
According to KBB, “The base Pro trim of the Volkswagen ID.4 starts at $40,760 with RWD and $44,440 with AWD. The nicer Pro S trim costs $45,260 with RWD and $48,940 with AWD. The available Gradient Package for the Pro S trim costs an extra $1,500.”
If you want to wait for the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV, expect to pay about $40,000 before rebates and incentives. Depending on the powertrain, drivers will get between a 240 and a 260-mile range.
Car and Driver, “The best range is achieved when the ID.4 is in the standard single-motor and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration. While the dual-motor and all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant slightly decreases range, it brings added straight-line performance and all-weather grip.”
The five-passenger vehicle will offer most of its controls via touchscreen, and 30 cubic feet of cargo space.
While the price for standard 2022 Nissan Ariya models has not been released, vehicles with the larger battery will range between $47,125 and $60,125. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the fall.