Now, its also on a new platform, its called the cmf EV platform, its offered with two different batteries. You can have a 63 or an 87 kilowatt hour usable capacity, and that gives you an official wltp range of between 250 and 329 miles. That does also take into account the fact that you can get the Nissan with front wheel, drive or four wheel drive and a bit more power and price wise youre, looking at 44 000 right up to about 56 000 pounds for those high end, four wheel, drive Versions this here is the VW id5. It is essentially a swoopier fancier version of the Volkswagen id4, which means that you get the familiar Meb platform and, at the moment, its only available with a 77 kilowatt hour battery. That gets you an official wltp range of up to 327 miles. Prices start at around about 50 000 pounds, which is by the way, almost exactly the same price as youll pay for the cheapest long range Aria. These two are really similar in terms of size, price and ambition, then, but if I have to make a decision between the two when it comes to the styling, well, Im definitely going to have to go for the Nissan. Its got, really fabulous concept. Car looks really kind of sharp creases. I do really like this sort of copper. Colored launch color theyve got two. I just think theyve done a fabulous job, its really eye catching.

Despite this being quite a generic looking class of car, I think the Volkswagen, on the other hand, well, I think it looks really good. I like the proportions of it, but it doesnt look very sporty and athletic. Does it its got a really sort of Stumpy front end and something about it? It just kind of makes me want to kind of grab its cheeks and squish them its kind of cute and whether thats, what you want from a family, SUV or not. Well, it may be – maybe its not anyway to most people. Practicality will be the more important issue. The Nissan has a somewhat middling 466 liters of boot space, which, for some context, is what you get in the Nissan Qashqai. You also get some cable storage under the boot floor, as well as a powered tailgate on both trims, but neither of these cars have any storage in the nose. The Volkswagen gets a much more useful 549 liters of boot space, and it does have a slightly deeper boot as well, which is useful if youve got a chunky buggy to fit in theres, also a variable floor to hide your cables away, but only higher spec cars Get a powered boot lid, both cars have 60 40 split rear seats that lie flush with the boot floor when folded and the Volkswagen also comes with a through loading. Cubby passenger space in the back of the id5 is very generous, particularly in terms of the leg room and its just you get really nice Comforts like this.

Huge glass roof definitely going to keep the kids happy, as is the standard rear climate control, and you get a nice Center armrest with cup holders here. So maybe Headroom could be a touch better, but even so I think you get two six Footers back here. No problem at all passenger space in the Nissan there is masses of leg room. Headroom, though, is a little bit tight. You do feel like this sunroof, which is optional on the base trim. Well, that does kind of eat into your Headroom a little bit. I still think kind of your average adults got to be really comfy back here, but it does feel a tiny bit dark and I think some people might expect a little a little bit better on that front. Even so, the seats are nice and comfy. Nice sort of deep bases here and you do get your Center armrest plus charging points in the back. More importantly than anything, practical like how comfortable it is back here is that you get this lovely shag pile carpet as standard in the Aria which I have to say its uh. Well, I mean its really impress aggressively luxurious, but then, if youve got kids youre going to take it out immediately because otherwise, its going to be full of Crips and mud in about three minutes, the finish and look of the interior in the Nissan, I think as Well, as the way it looks on, the outside is one of the big reasons people are going to go for this car.

It looks really cool in here theres, a real Boutique feel to it theres something almost a bit kind of volvo ish about it. With this kind of wood finish that theyve got around here touch sensitive buttons that are sort of on the wood effect finish its really feels quite special and definitely a big step up for Nissan, so theyve done well. On that front, I like the driving position too. You do get Standard, Lumber adjustment and electric seat adjustment in the Aria. You sit quite high up actually, but the seats really kind of hold you nice and firmly, and it does actually give you lots of support. So I do quite like that. The Nissan gets two 12.3 inch screens with the central touchscreen being the window to all of your infotainment needs. Standard equipment includes, Sat Nav with charger search function as well as Wireless Apple, carplay and Android. Auto equipment in the rd5 is really generous. You get this fake, leather and suede finish, which actually, I really quite like you get 30 weight ambient lighting heated seats. You get really kind of everything that you expect. However, I do think that it would benefit from having Lumber adjustment. I dont even really mind the fact that you get manual seat. Adjustment on this entry level live trim that we have here, but definitely a lumber adjustment would benefit because this seat feels quite flat. Otherwise, the VW is 12.3 inch. Touchscreen gets really decent graphics and is very easy to see, even in direct light plus, you get Sat, Nav Wireless Apple, carplay and Android auto, as well as over.

The air software updates is blighted by those annoying touch sensitive temperature controls for the climate, but generally, I think the materials in here feel pretty decent. I just dont think it has the wow factor that the Nissan has when it comes to charging. Both cars get the same type 2 and CCS sockets, which are compatible with every home charger and the vast majority of public charges across the UK and Western Europe. A full charge at home will take under 13 hours in the big battery Volkswagen and Aria, while the smaller battery Nissan will take more like nine hours, both get Peak rapid charging speeds of 130 kilowatts. So if you plug into a 150 kilowatt DC rapid charger, youll get a 100 Mil top up in roughly 15 minutes or a 10 to 80 battery charge in around 30 minutes. So this is actually the smaller battery of the two available in the Aria. So this is a 63 kilowatt hour, but you still get 215 brake horsepower motor on the front, wheels its rear wheel, drive in the id5 front, wheel, drive in the Aria, and that gives this a seven and a half second note 62 time, and it does actually Feel pretty Punchy, I have to say its got a proper sort of spring in its step when you want it to the Aria, so the performance is pretty decent. I mean having said that, thats pretty middling by the standards of this class.

You know the Mustang Maki. Never minded the Tesla Model y, absolutely scorching. By comparison, the handling is also fairly middling. It turns into a corner. Fine. The steering is quite light, its just one of those cars that feels quite heavy. It doesnt really disguise its weight too well in terms of its handling and its performance. The Nissan is competitive, with the vast majority of its Rivals, including the skoda enyak that we favor, but its also nothing particularly special to be honest, its a bit disappointing. Now this car is on 19 inch Wheels, its on huge balloon tires on 55 section Bridgestone tires and the ride a lot of the time its fine. But if you get kind of quite a choppy urban road, particularly it really does feel quite unsettled. And when you do hit, you know the potholes that you typically find a lot in the UK. This kind of thing or the manhole covers, get a really big thump and quite loud suspension too. So Id say that ride Comfort, probably not quite as bad as a Tesla Model y, but definitely not as good as in the Volkswagen id5 or, for instance, the Hyundai ionic 5. pros and cons of course. But I do think that Nissan could have just tried. A little bit harder to get the Dynamics a bit balanced, a bit better, either focus on the Comfort or on the sportiness, because at the moment the Nissan seems to be kind of just about adequate on both fronts, but not really particularly special either.

Now Nissan sort of pioneered the one pedal driving mode, which is where the brake regen and that dont forget is a system whereby, when you lift off the throttle, the car feels like its breaking itself and what its doing is harvesting energy. To increase the efficiency in the range in the car, in this hand, you get something called e pedal, which is the same as that one pedal drive mode and it does when it kicks in. You do have to get used to it if youve never used it before, because it does feel quite peculiar, but it doesnt take that much time. And then you can find that you can drive around town with barely using the brake pedal at all very easy to get used to, or you can turn e pedal off. And then you can toggle through the drive modes up here to change your steering weight and all that sort of thing you can put it into a slightly heavier mode here with this very fancy, looking, futuristic, sort of gear, shifter thing so thats a slightly a sort Of happy medium in between your normal drive mode and one pedal drive mode. The id5, interestingly, takes a completely different attack and barely has any brake regen at all in normal drive mode, and then you can just slightly weight it up if you want to so its a bit simpler in the Volkswagen, both of them quite easy to get used To and if youve never driven an EV before this all sounds a bit intimidating and weird honestly, just have a go, because theyre really really easy to drive and really easy to get used to so its one of those things.

Thats just a case of a bit of familiarity, really Music foreign. If Youre Expecting The id5 to be particularly sporty, then I think youre going to be a bit disappointed. So this car here that weve got its the base, spec life and its the pro. So its not even the performance Pro which gets a more powerful 201 brake horsepower motor. This standard car gets 172 brake horsepower and its pretty sedate, to say the least. So youre talking about 10.4 seconds to 62 miles an hour that doesnt bother me overly much because to be honest, its punchy enough in normal everyday use, but there is no getting away from the fact that it is well its slow. Of course, there is the GTX version, which is four wheel, drive and uh near enough 300. Brake horsepower so Im sure that that will have quite a lot more Vigor to it, but we havent driven it yet and uh on this evidence, Im going to say that the id5 is definitely a more Comfort oriented car and I think thats, one of its strengths. Actually, this is a particularly poor Road surface that Im on right now, but generally Ive quite enjoyed my time in the id5, because its just really chilled it. It rides really nicely actually peculiarly slightly better, even than the id4 I seem to remember. This is on 20 inch wheels, this test car very refined, not much wind noise, almost no motor wind at all.

You know the steerings, fine, it weights up all right. There is no sport mode, so I think even Volkswagen has decided that its not really bother even pretending that this is sporty. You go through the drive modes here and youve got your Eco, your comfort and your individual, where you can weight up the steering and there is actually a sport mode if you bother to sort of find it deep down in there, but it all gels nicely for Being comfortable and relaxed but Im a bit disappointed that its just a bit middling in terms of its performance and in the way it handles. You know its just not the sports SUV that I think a lot of people might hope and expect it to be really taking these two apart just proves that theyre both admirable likable for various different reasons than Nissan, particularly for the way it looks and the way It feels inside, but neither of them is class leading honestly. The problem with these two are their rivals: the Kia ev6 pretty much just as practical and better to drive the Hyundai ioniq 5 more tacky cooler to look at youve got the Tesla Model. Y youve got the skoda enyak IV, which is still our favorite all round family EV. They really are just swamped by competition. These two and in that context, well neither is class leading when it comes to real world range. The VW proved a little more efficient in our tests and returned 3.

3 miles per kilowatt hour in warmer conditions and varied driving, which included a fair bit of Motorway stuff that adds up to a range of 254 miles from this 77 kilowatt hour battery. While the Nissan managed more, like 3.1 miles per kilowatt hour, thats 195 miles per charge on this smaller battery version. Ultimately, both of these cars are recommendable for their Tech and general sophistication, but neither is a standout in this very competitive class for its comfort and efficiency. We would have to choose the Volkswagen over the Nissan here, but only by a small margin and the Nissan is no doubt your best bet. If you do value the style and interior finish Music head to