The Nissan Qashqai on test for Changing Lanes!

Nissan Qashqai Review (2021)

The Nissan Qashqai on test for Changing Lanes!
The Nissan Qashqai on test for Changing Lanes!

The Nissan Qashqai is back in 2021 with an all-new generation model. The Qashqai started the trend for crossovers and quickly rose to fame here, for a time Ireland's bestselling car and a former Irish Car of the Year.

What's new for the 2021 Nissan Qashqai?

Now in its third generation, the Nissan Qashqai has grown up. More visually imposing than the previous generation of the car, it has the kerb appeal of a top SUV. Following on from the 2020 launch of the all-new Nissan Juke, the new Qashqai translates Nissan's new design language and technology to the family SUV segment with great success.

Pricing kicks off from €30,500 for the range in Ireland, with all models powered from launch by a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with mild hybrid technology.

The Qashqai fits the brief for a family car better than ever with a new platform yielding a more spacious cabin as well as a number of practical features.

Driving dynamics have also been significantly improved. Qashqai matures for a new era of electrification in the motor industry and will debut more hybrid options in 2022.

The Qashqai is maturing beautifully
The Qashqai is maturing beautifully

Inside the latest Nissan Qashqai

Inside the Qashqai benefits from a new interior that feels a lot more modern than the previous generation of the car. The quality of the materials has also moved up another gear, with a solid fit and finish that will weather family life for many years to come.

Qashqai gets a suitable digital upgrade too with a digital instrument panel for the driver and a slick looking infotainment screen that's smartphone ready. The interior could perhaps do with a more distinctive character with more Nissan brand defining features, but the premium feeling cannot be denied.

Standard equipment levels are very good with the list including LED headlights, auto headlights with high beam assist, rear parking sensors, 8" infotainment screen and wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Safety features include blind spot intervention, traffic sign recognition, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking.

The SV Premium model on test (from €37,395) includes a wireless phone charger, 9” touchscreen, 18" alloys, panoramic glass roof, rear view camera and rear privacy glass.

The interior of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai
The interior of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai

Is it practical?

The Qashqai has grown in stature, which benefits passenger space too. The new car is a bit wider and has a longer wheelbase than the car it replaces, so you will find good sized footwells in the rear as a result. It feels more spacious inside than the previous Qashqai.

There's also 50 more litres of boot space and the boot has a number of clever features to boost practicality - a false floor that can be used to separate items or give a flat loading sill. A powered hands-free tailgate is also available.

The most impressive feature is refinements to the ergonomic design of the door openings - the rear doors now open to 90 degrees, making it easier to step in and out of the vehicle or manoeuvre child seats into position. Small things but it helps Qashqai function better as a family car than ever before.

Driving the Nissan Qashqai

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai sits on a new platform. My test car was powered by the 1.3-litre mild hybrid petrol engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The overall impression is of agility and comfort on the road. Despite the overall increase in stiffness, the new Qashqai is over 60 kg lighter than the car it replaces.

Front wheel drive Qashqais uses a torsion beam rear suspension layout, upgraded from the outgoing Qashqai to reduce vibration and ensure better bump absorption and a smoother ride, as well as providing better roll control.

Boot space in the 2021 Nissan Qashqai
Boot space in the 2021 Nissan Qashqai

The steering is faster, more defined and responsive thanks to the power assistance motor now moved to directly adjacent to the steering rack. This has reduced the feeling of friction through the steering wheel, but gives a more natural increase in steering effort as more steering lock is applied.

For a large SUV it's surprisingly agile and easy to drive with the manual gearbox, though a CVT automatic is also available (from €36,700). It's very comfortable, even on large wheels. The engine is refined and there is plenty of power from the 156 hp unit. It is very pleasant to drive. Nissan says the manual gearbox has been enhanced for a quicker, more direct and sportier shift feeling, and I can say it certainly felt good from behind the wheel.

This is the only engine option for now. Some buyers might lament the demise of the diesel Qashqai. Certainly my average fuel consumption over a week of driving of 6.8 litres per 100 km cannot rival diesel for efficiency over long distances at least. But the arrival of a new Qashqai 'e-POWER' hybrid in early 2022 will be one to watch, using the petrol engine to generate electricity, while the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor.

The Qashqai is a stylish and practical family car
The Qashqai is a stylish and practical family car

Did you like it?

The Qashqai has been an amazing success in Ireland since it launched here, with over 50,000 already on the road and a further 20,000-30,000 estimated to have been imported here in the car’s 14 year history.

Nissan has sold over 3 million units of the car in Europe since its launch 13 years ago. It's an incredibly important car for Nissan.

The new generation model has seriously grown up with the presence of a larger SUV on the road. At launch the engine range does look very narrow but the 1.3-litre petrol is fun to drive and refined, though the upcoming hybrid should be cheaper to run.

Space matters and the Qashqai has grown in all the right directions. This car is a stylish buy with a well-finished cabin to see it into the next few years. Nissan has upped the quality of this car considerably.

Competition is stiff in this segment but the Qashqai has serious reputation and recognition in the Irish market - it remains a solid and reliable buy in 2021.

The new Nissan Qashqai is available from €30,500
The new Nissan Qashqai is available from €30,500

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Nissan Qashqai SV Premium
Price: 
€37,395
Engine:
1.3-litre turbo petrol
Power:  156 hp
Torque: 260 Nm
Top speed:  206 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.5 seconds
CO2 emissions:
145 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€270 per year


The 2021 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Ireland priced from €30,500

2021 Nissan Qashqai Pricing For Ireland!

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Ireland priced from €30,500
The 2021 Nissan Qashqai goes on sale in Ireland priced from €30,500

Nissan Ireland has announced pricing for the new generation Nissan Qashqai, which is on sale now.

The range will kick off from €30,500 for the Nissan Qashqai mild hybrid with a 1.3-litre petrol engine.

It's available with two power outputs – 138 hp and 156 hp – with either a 6 speed manual transmission, or new Xtronic gearbox (156 hp).

Nissan is launching the car with four trim levels, with many safety and infotainment features standard across the range.

The entry grade XE model is available from €30,500. The SV grade is priced from €33,200, the SV Premium Grade from €37,395 and the top of the range SVE Xtronic grade from €44,600.

Full LED headlights and auto headlights with high beam assist are standard across the range. Standard safety features also include rear parking sensors, blind spot intervention, traffic sign recognition, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (Pedestrian & Cyclist Recognition, Junction Assist) and Rear Automatic Cross Traffic Alert and Braking.

Wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto comes as standard from the SV grade upwards, while the popular Wireless Phone Charger is introduced at the SV Premium grade. The 8” Infotainment display in the SV grade increases to 9” in the SV Premium and SVE Xtronic grades, including higher resolution and Nissan Connected Services.

The top of the range SVE Xtronic includes 19” alloy wheels, Nappa Quilted Leather seats, a handsfree powered tailgate which makes accessing the boot effortless when hands are anything but free, heated front seats with massage function, ProPilot with Navi Link, a Heads Up Display (HUD), Automatic Tilt Reversing Mirrors and a Bose sound system with 10 speakers.

A full hybrid will join the range in early 2022, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

Read more about what's new for the Nissan Qashqai in 2021 in our article.


The new Nissan Qashqai will arrive in Ireland this summer!

Nissan Qashqai (2021) On Sale In June

The new Nissan Qashqai will arrive in Ireland this summer!
The new Nissan Qashqai will arrive in Ireland this summer!

Nissan Ireland has confirmed that the new Nissan Qashqai is expected to arrive in Irish dealer showrooms this June. The car that created the crossover segment back in 2007 will return in summer 2021 with an all-new third generation Nissan Qashqai, featuring electrification for the first time and a host of other technology features.

The Qashqai has been an amazing success in Ireland since it launched here, with over 50,000 already on the road and a further 20,000-30,000 estimated to have been imported here in the car's 14 year history. Nissan has sold over 3 million units of the car in Europe since its launch 13 years ago.

The all-new Qashqai is a key part of the company’s strategy to achieve 50% electrified sales in Europe by 2024.

What's new for the Nissan Qashqai in 2021?

The new Nissan Qashqai has all-new styling that takes some cues from last year's striking new Nissan Juke compact crossover. The third generation Qashqai is unmistakably more muscular, sharp and modern. On the exterior, the Qashqai’s enhanced body stance is more purposeful, with prominent shoulder lines, an extended wheelbase and 20-inch alloy wheels introduced to Qashqai for the first time. From a preview event held in Kildare, we can confirm that the new Qashqai now has an even stronger and more stylish presence than ever before.

A longer wheelbase has created more room for passengers inside the vehicle and overall luggage capacity has increased by over 50 litres from the previous generation. A powered hands-free tailgate will also be available. Refinements to the ergonomic design of the doorways means that it is also easier to step in and out of the car, and the rear doors now open to 90 degrees, allowing easier access.

The new Qashqai also offers an advanced infotainment system with a broad portfolio of connected devices including effortless integration of smartphones, in-car Wi-Fi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app with which to interact with and monitor the vehicle.

There's also an innovative new 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD). Key navigation, driver assistance and road information are projected onto the windscreen within the driver’s line of vision. Home-to-Car features are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices.

Inside the 2021 Nissan Qashqai
Inside the 2021 Nissan Qashqai

New engine technology for Qashqai

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai will go on sale in Ireland this summer with a 1.3-litre mild hybrid petrol engine, available with manual or automatic gearboxes. An innovative 'e-POWER' hybrid is expected here from early 2022 and uses technology from the company’s 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

The 12V mild hybrid system available on new Qashqai is a more affordable hybrid technology that provides torque assist, extended idle stop, quick restart and coasting stop [Xtronic only], with improvements to both fuel economy and CO2 output (-4g/km). It’s combined with the 1.3 DiG-T petrol engine that was introduced to the Qashqai range in 2018.

The 1.3- litre petrol motor will be offered with two power outputs – 138 hp and 156 hp – with either a 6-speed manual transmission, or new Xtronic gearbox (156 hp only).

On manual versions, Nissan says the gearbox has been enhanced for a quicker, more direct and sportier shift feeling. The new generation Xtronic transmission offers better fuel economy and acceleration feel thanks to improvements including a twin oil pump system with new electrical oil pump.

2WD is available on both 138 hp and 156 hp versions, whilst 4WD will only be available on 156 hp Xtronic models. A new 4WD control system and driving selection mode is more intuitive and intelligent, adapting itself to external conditions with five driving modes – Standard, ECO, Sport, Snow and Off-Road. In case of any wheel slip, the time which the 4WD system acts has been reduced by a factor of five to around 0.2 seconds.

Anything else?

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai e-POWER uses the petrol engine to generate electricity, while the wheels are completely driven by the electric motor. The e-POWER system is comprised of a high-output battery and powertrain integrated with a category-leading variable compression ratio 154 hp petrol engine, power generator, inverter and 140 kW electric motor of similar size and power output to that found in Nissan’s electric vehicles.

The e-POWER installation is said to have been significantly upgraded for the new Qashqai in order to meet the demands of European consumers and their daily drive. The 1.5 litre petrol engine has a final power output of 140 kW (187 hp).

Similar to the LEAF, the new Qashqai e-POWER benefits from the entirely new ‘one-pedal’ driving experience called e-Pedal. Drivers can start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.

“The new Nissan Qashqai combines the best of Nissan’s pioneering crossover and EV expertise. It allows new and existing Qashqai drivers to experience hybrid and electric driving without range or charging concerns in an unmistakably stylish crossover that continues to deliver everything they would expect from a family car,” said Seamus Morgan, Managing Director of Nissan Ireland.

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai is available to order now and customers are being offered a special launch version - Premiere Edition - which will offer an extended palette of two-tone colour options and advanced technology convenience features.

New Qashqai will be built in the Japanese brand's Sunderland, UK manufacturing facility.

Electrification features in the new Qashqai for the first time in 2021
Electrification features in the new Qashqai for the first time in 2021

The new Nissan Juke Enigma!

Nissan Juke Enigma Goes On Sale

The new Nissan Juke Enigma!
The new Nissan Juke Enigma!

Nissan Ireland has confirmed the new Nissan Juke Engima for Ireland. This special edition of the popular compact crossover boasts an exclusive new look and a high specification of equipment.

The Juke Enigma will carry a high billing in the Juke range and goes on sale priced from €27,300.

Cosmetic updates include deep black, 19-inch Akari (Japanese for "light") alloy wheels to enhance the Juke's signature sporty stance, while bespoke, intricate graphic patterns adorn the coupé-style roof line and door mirrors. The Enigma signature graphic on the C-pillar can be complemented by two, two-tone paint combinations, including Gun Grey or Pearl White with a black roof.

The new Nissan Juke Enigma also introduces Amazon Alexa voice experience compatibility to the Juke range for the first time, which will be rolled out on all new models sold with the NIssanConnect infotainment system. This technology allows customers to control some of their vehicle functions remotely from their smartphone or an Alexa-enabled device. By asking Alexa, they can remotely find out if their Juke's lock/unlock status, how much fuel they have left, or send a location to the on-board navigation system.

Other features include rear view camera, automatic climate control, cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and intervention, automatic headlights with high beam assist, and interior ambient lighting.

The latest Juke is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine, with the Enigma spec available with manual or automatic gearbox.

The Juke Enigma goes on sale in Ireland priced from €27,300
The Juke Enigma goes on sale in Ireland priced from €27,300

Peter Dynan, Head of Product, Nissan Ireland, said:

“The Nissan Juke Enigma is a fantastic addition to the Juke range. It offers even more head-turning design and advanced technology in a truly compelling and value for money package. Enigma draws on unique styling and intelligent connectivity to enhance the driving experience.

The new generation of the Nissan Juke went on sale in Ireland in 2020. The Juke range is available from €22,845 in Ireland.

You can read Caroline's review of the new Nissan Juke here.


Savings to be made on Nissan LEAF range in Ireland

Nissan LEAF Drops Price In Ireland

Savings to be made on Nissan LEAF range in Ireland
Savings to be made on Nissan LEAF range in Ireland

The cost of buying an electric Nissan LEAF has fallen by up to €1,843 in Ireland as a result of the recent Budget. Revised pricing from Nissan Ireland means that Irish customers can now get behind the wheel of the LEAF 40 kWh from €27,595.

“The Budget VRT changes and recent VAT changes have had a very positive impact on the cost of buying a new Nissan LEAF and this in turn has led to a significant upsurge in interest from EV buyers online and across our dealer network,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

“This upsurge is also being driven by our ‘Power of Zero’ initiative with AIB and Electric Ireland which offers 0% finance, the free provision and installation of a home charger and one year’s free servicing to anyone buying a new Nissan LEAF,” he added.

The recent changes to the VRT and VAT rates have led to tax savings across the Nissan LEAF range. These tax savings start at €506 for the Nissan LEAF SV 40 kWh which now costs €29,384, while the top of the range Nissan LEAF SVE 62 kWh has fallen by €1,843 to €38,657.

In addition, the introduction of the new entry grade Nissan LEAF XE 40 kWh means that motorists can now make the switch into an electric vehicle for €27,595.

The new tax savings which have cut the cost of buying a new Nissan LEAF have also led to a sizeable reduction between the cost of buying the 40 kWh LEAF, which has a range of up to 270 kilometres, and the 62 kWh LEAF, which has a range of up to 385 kilometres (WLTP).


The new Nissan Juke on test for Changing Lanes

Nissan Juke (2020) Review

The new Nissan Juke on test for Changing Lanes
The new Nissan Juke on test for Changing Lanes

Caroline drives the 2020 Nissan Juke.

The Nissan Juke has stepped back into the compact crossover segment in 2020 with a new generation of this popular model. Originally devised as a compact follow-up to the highly successful Nissan Qashqai back in 2010, the Juke was a pioneer of the small SUV, a segment which has now really taken off in Ireland in Europe. The first generation Nissan Juke went on to sell 1.5 million around the world and has been a hit in Ireland too, with this car maintaining high visibility on Irish roads.

What's new for the 2020 Nissan Juke?

Now it’s back with a contemporary new look, new interior and more technology than before. Power comes from a petrol engine, with the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes. Customisation is still a feature with colour packs available and a contrasting roof option. The range kicks off from a competitive €21,995.

Touted as a ‘coupé crossover’, design is a key strength of the new Nissan Juke. It stands out in the small SUV/crossover segment for a strong, characterful design that is anything but boring. Split level headlights give the Juke a mature and unmissable road present, with the iconic circular lamps now featuring a Y-shaped LED signature.

A range of 11 body colours are available with 3 contrasting roof colours available. The N-Design grade on test for Changing Lanes (from €26,950) allows customers to personalise the appearance of their car. 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels complement a range of two tone colour options, including a different coloured roof, bumper trims and other highlighted exterior parts.

The Nissan Juke is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine
The Nissan Juke is powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine

Inside the new Nissan Juke

The 2020 Nissan Juke has an all-new interior and it is a welcome improvement. It’s cool and concise, and befitting of a modern crossover. All but the very entry model have an 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Nissan is offering more style and comfort with ambient lighting and new soft-touch materials on the dashboard, door trim and footwells feel. Monoform seats with a single-piece backrest add a sporty look and can be trimmed in Alcantara® or leather.

The new Juke is now more spacious inside than its predecessor. Rear seat knee room has been increased by 5.8 cm while there is about 1cm more headroom. The boot volume is up by 20% to 422 litres.

The interior of the 2020 Nissan Juke
The interior of the 2020 Nissan Juke

What’s the Juke range like in Ireland?

The new Nissan Juke goes on sale in Ireland with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 117 hp. It’s paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

There are five trim levels - XE, SV, SV Premium, SVE and N-Design. Standard equipment on Nissan Juke XE (from €21,995) includes 16-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, air-conditioning, a 4.2-inch TFT screen between the dials on the instrument cluster, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, cruise control and hill start assist.

The SV model (from €23,650) adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear view camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, touchscreen and voice control recognition.

The mid-range SV Premium (from €24,650) adds LED fog lights, tinted rear windows, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, and electric/heated door mirrors. Analogue dials are swapped for a seven-inch digital instrument cluster. There’s also an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, TomTom sat-nav and a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob.

Nissan then splits the range into two – SVE and N-Design.  Both models are priced from €26,950 and get 19-inch alloy wheels as standard – but both models are pitched to appeal to two different types of customers. The SVE model is pitched as the ‘tech’ one with equipment including heated semi-leather front seats, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, an advanced driver monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, Park Assist technology and Nissan’s Pro-Pilot system as standard. N-Design is the sporty one with contrasting roof and customisation options.

Design is a key strength for the new Juke in the compact crossover segment
Design is a key strength for the new Juke in the compact crossover segment

On the road in the Nissan Juke

Nissan is launching the Juke with just one engine in this generation – an on-point 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. It is well up for the job and actually a highlight of this new Juke. Running costs are low with motor tax of €200 per year and over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.1l/100km. It is responsive and fun to drive, matched well with new Juke’s new chassis and revised driving dynamics.

This car holds the road well with limited body sway and light, but precise steering. The suspension can pick up some harshness from the road surface but generally this Juke can keep up with the best of them, while showing its fun and agile side too.

Nissan has successfully reimagined the Juke for the 2020s. At Changing Lanes, we love the Juke’s new look and innovative coupé crossover style.

Inside the Juke gets a welcome addition of modernity. It’s not the most upmarket of its rivals but cuts a good compromise between style, quality and affordability.

Boot space in the new Juke
Boot space in the new Juke

Pricing is very competitive and while there is only one engine available, it happens to be a highlight for the Juke. Fun and responsive with low running costs, the 1.0-litre petrol suits the small SUV market very well.

We were pleasantly surprised by the Juke’s ability to entertain behind the wheel. This is a genuine fun to drive small crossover.

The crossover class of 2020 is an impressive bunch but the 2020 Nissan Juke brings its own distinct character to this segment ensuring continued success for this compact model.

The Juke is on sale in Ireland priced from €21,995
The Juke is on sale in Ireland priced from €21,995

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Nissan Juke 1.0T N-Design
Price: 
€26,950 (from €21,995)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
117 hp
Torque: 180 Nm
0-100km/h:  
10.4 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel economy (WLTP): 5.9 l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 135 g/km
Motor Tax:  €200 per year


Yvonne Holmes, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB, and James McCarthy, CEO Nissan Ireland, pictured at the launch of the 'Power of Zero' initiative

Nissan Ireland Launch 'Power of Zero' EV 0% Finance Offer

Yvonne Holmes, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB, and James McCarthy, CEO Nissan Ireland, pictured at the launch of the 'Power of Zero' initiative
Yvonne Holmes, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB, and James McCarthy, CEO Nissan Ireland, pictured at the launch of the 'Power of Zero' initiative

Nissan Ireland has launched the ‘Power of Zero’ initiative to offer consumers the opportunity to buy a new Nissan LEAF with 0% finance and to avail of one year’s free servicing.

In partnership with AIB, the brand says the initiative aims to put more electric vehicles onto Irish roads and help support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Nissan says that customers availing of this offer on a new LEAF can save in excess of €13,000 in finance and running costs, and 11 tonnes of CO2 emissions over five years, which is equivalent to planting 181,887 trees.

“This integrated approach has been taken by Nissan and AIB in recognition of our joint commitment to creating a sustainable Ireland. We looked at what consumers required to make the switch to EV driving and responded with an initiative that delivers great value and a greener future for Ireland,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

“This is a golden opportunity to make the switch into an EV today and to make very significant savings now and into the future. The Government’s environment policy is aimed at removing diesel and petrol cars from Irish roads and motorists already driving EVs will have a distinct advantage over customers trading in diesel and petrol engines in the years to come,” he added.

Yvonne Holmes, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB said: “The sustainability agenda is accelerating at AIB and for the last two years green lending has been the fastest-growing part of our balance sheet as customers seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit harmful air pollutants.’’

“We are delighted to be working with Nissan to help meet customers’ growing demand for cleaner transport as they take this important step on the road to a more sustainable future. Electric Vehicles can help consumers shrink their carbon foot print, while improving the quality of life for all through cleaner air and less noise pollution,” she added.

The Nissan LEAF has been a huge success in Ireland since it was first launched, representing nearly half of all electric vehicles on Irish roads.

Click here to read our latest review of the Nissan LEAF.


The new Nissan Ariya expected in Ireland in 2021

Nissan Ariya Coming To Ireland In 2021!

The new Nissan Ariya expected in Ireland in 2021
The new Nissan Ariya expected in Ireland in 2021

Nissan is expanding its line-up of electric cars with the debut of the new Nissan Ariya.

The new all-electric coupé crossover will go on sale in Ireland in 2021, with pricing and specifications to be announced closer to launch.

It's a car that will build on the success of the Nissan LEAF hatchback, one of Ireland's favourite and most established electric cars. Indeed the new Ariya draw's on the Japanese brand's pioneering EV and crossover from the LEAF and the popular Nissan Qashqai family SUV.

Nissan says the Ariya is designed for the autonomous age, "combining powerful performance, connected technologies and revolutionary new EV design as the icon of Nissan’s innovative and electric future".

Battery and charging the new Ariya

The new Nissan Ariya will have a range up to an impressive 500 km (WLTP). There will be five core models in the range combining 63 kWh and 87 kWh batteries with two-wheel-drive and e-4ORCE, Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel drive technology.

A Combined Charging System (CCS) will be available on Ariyas sold in Europe to facilitate fast charging. The Nissan Ariya 63 kWh versions will carry a 7.4 kW charger for domestic use, while the 87 kWh will include a 22 kW 3 phase charger for home charging. The Ariya can also support fast charging up to 130 kW.

The interior of the Nissan Ariya
The interior of the Nissan Ariya

The brand says that the new Nissan Ariya will represent the ultimate expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, featuring Nissan’s latest safety technologies and driving performance, promising drivers a seamless, intuitive and adaptive experience. It comes with an enhanced version of ProPILOT, which is already familiar to many Nissan LEAF drivers. It provides hands-on assistance to help drivers stay centred in their lane, navigate stop-and-go motorway traffic and maintain a set vehicle speed and distance from the vehicle ahead.

Driver assistance features also include the e-Pedal, which was first introduced in the Nissan LEAF, allowing drivers to launch, accelerate and decelerate down to a stop by using only the accelerator.

Inside the new Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya's interior is designed to meet the needs of tech-savvy customers. The minimalist dashboard is devoid of buttons and switches. Primary control functions vibrate when touched and only appear when the car is switched on. The reimagined interior allows for an entirely flat floor, resulting in a wide, open lounge-like experience and what we are promised is the most spacious cabin in its class.

James, McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland, said:

“The launch of Nissan Ariya marks the start of a new era for Nissan electric vehicles and the acceleration of Nissan’s path to electrification. Nissan started the journey to electrification 10 years ago with the mass market LEAF and invented the crossover segment with the launch of the Qashqai in 2007. The Nissan Ariya builds on our brand’s pioneering expertise in EVs and crossovers to better answer the needs of our customers.

At Nissan, we have been making electric vehicles longer than anyone else. We are the EV experts and the original mass market EV, the Nissan LEAF, continues to be the best-selling EV in Ireland. The Nissan Ariya  electric coupé crossover marks the second milestone in our ambition to electrify more than 50% of our line up by 2023 and we look forward to seeing it on Irish roads,” he added.

The new Nissan Ariya electric coupé crossover will be available to pre-order at your local Nissan dealer from January 2021. Delivery is scheduled for autumn 2021.

The Ariya will be capable of 130 kW fast charging
The Ariya will be capable of 130 kW fast charging

The new LEAF 62 kWh has more range than ever before!

Nissan LEAF Review

Read Caroline's Nissan Leaf review for everything you need to know about Nissan's all-electric Leaf hatchback in Ireland.

The Nissan LEAF is one of Ireland’s most popular electric cars and a pioneer of mainstream electric motoring. Within the last year the number of electric vehicles available in Ireland has expanded and the LEAF has been under attack from some new rivals. However the high visibility of the LEAF in Ireland, all generations, is undeniable, and you are definitely likely to encounter one at your local EV charger. The LEAF has clearly penetrated the market here very well.

In 2018, Nissan launched an all-new LEAF hatchback with a 40 kWh battery with more power and a range in the region of 250 km. The car had evolved into something more desirable with modern design technology and safety features. In 2019, the LEAF got even better with the launch of the new longer range Nissan LEAF 62 kWh.

What's new for the Nissan LEAF?

Priced in Ireland from €37,840, the 62 kWh LEAF crucially has a 25% increase in energy density and 55% boost in energy storage capacity, giving the 62 kWh LEAF a power output of 217 PS and up to 385 km (WLTP) on a single charge compared to the 40 kWh Nissan LEAF. I tested the car in the cold weather of November and with 98% battery power when I picked it up, the range read about 340 km.

The new LEAF 62 kWh has more range than ever before!
The new LEAF 62 kWh has more range than ever before!

Other new features for the LEAF 62 kWh include the new NissanConnect infotainment system as standard, with Apple CarPlay® and AndroidAuto® for seamless smartphone connectivity. An upgraded navigation system also shows live traffic and nearby chargers. There’s also a new NissanConnect Services app that allows users to send navigation routes and preset air conditioning or heating.

Nissan so far has ignored the electric crossover/SUV trend and the LEAF remains a classic hatchback with the latest Nissan family face. The new battery retains a similar shape and size to the 40 kWh LEAF battery pack, so there is no detriment to interior space in this upgraded model. Interior accommodation is about average for a hatchback of this size and the boot is a very good size. There are special places to store the cables so the practicality of the space is not negatively impacted.

The interior of the LEAF

Inside, the LEAF 62 kWh has the same dash design as the new generation LEAF we tested in 2018. There is some new digital technology however already the graphics on the driver information panel and infotainment screen are looking a little dated. Still, functionality is okay and it's handy to be able to find nearby charging stations. You also sit a little higher in the LEAF than a standard hatchback because of the battery under the floor.

The interior of the new Nissan LEAF
The interior of the new Nissan LEAF

In Ireland, the new 62 kWh Nissan LEAF starts from €37,840 in SV grade with a high specification including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Intelligent Trace Control, Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, e-Pedal with regenerative function, front and rear parking sensors, Around View Monitor, 17″ alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and LED rear signature lights.

The range-topping SVE 62 kWh LEAF is available from €40,500 and includes ProPilot, Bose Audio System, Intelligent Auto LED headlights, heated leather steering wheel and leather heated seats front and rear.

Driving the Nissan Leaf 62 kWh

On the road, the Nissan LEAF is nippy with 217 hp at its disposal. It handles well through corners and is smooth, refined and of course, quiet, on the move.

The extra range of this 62 kWh model is very welcome. The CHAdeMO type rapid charger is 50kW / 100kW compatible and will get you from 20% to 80% charge in about 90 minutes (50kW). Charging at home takes about 12 hours.

The new LEAF 62 kWh is still eclipsed by some rivals like the Kia e-Soul in terms of the range and how far it will go on one charge.

The Nissan LEAF is the original mass market electric vehicle, famed for its accessibility and affordable entry into electric motoring.

However, the new LEAF 62 kWh requires considerable investment and in range alone, there are some better competitors in this space.

LEAF buyers now have more options. Not everyone wants a crossover or SUV. Hatchback lovers still exist. The game is moving rapidly for EVs. The LEAF 62 kWh keeps up for now.

LEAF 62 kWh available from €37,840
LEAF 62 kWh available from €37,840

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Nissan LEAF 62 kWh SVE
Price:
€40,500
Battery: 62 kWh
Power: 
217 hp
Torque:  340 Nm
0-100km/h: 
6.9 seconds
Top speed: 158 km/h 
Range (WLTP):
385 km
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


Nissan have launched a monthly subscription service which will allow motorists to own a new car for as little as €356 per month without having to pay a deposit.

Nissan Launch 'Subscribe & Drive'

Nissan have launched a monthly subscription service which will allow motorists to own a new car for as little as €356 per month without having to pay a deposit.
Nissan has launched a monthly subscription service which will allow motorists to own a new car for as little as €356 per month without having to pay a deposit.

Nissan is launching a monthly subscription service called ‘Subscribe & Drive’. This new service will allow motorists to own a new car for as little as €356 per month without having to pay a deposit.

Motorists who sign up will also have the opportunity to trade in their old car and to cash in on its residual value.

“Nissan is making it possible for Irish motorists to drive a brand new car for a price they can afford and to potentially put money back into their own pocket while doing so. It is a win-win service for motorists,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.

“Our subscription service is made for anyone who wants to release the equity in their old car and to drive away with a new one, without paying a deposit, for a fixed payment that fits within their monthly household budget,” he added.

“Customers just need to sign up as a subscriber. They can then drive the car for an agreed term and hand it back on completion without any other obligation. It’s that simple,” said Mr. McCarthy.

“The subscription model is changing the way we drive and own our cars and we providing customers with a service that meets their needs,” he continued.

Motorists signing up to Nissan’s ‘Subscribe & Drive’ model will have the choice of paying their monthly subscription fee over a 24 month or 36 month term, subject to finance approval, with the monthly cost of the car they choose varying accordingly.

Subscribers opting for a 36 month term can expect to pay €356 per month for a Nisan Micra, €543 per month for the best-selling Nissan Qashqai crossover or €605 per month for the 40 kWh electric Nissan LEAF.

Monthly subscription fees will also vary depending on the number of kilometres driven per year. Customers can choose annual limits of up to 10,000, 20,000 or 30,000 kilometres after which a charge per kilometre will apply for excess mileage. Optional service and maintenance fees can also be incorporated into their monthly subscription fee.

The Nissan ‘Subscribe & Drive’ service is available to customers, whether or not they have a car to trade-in, although the opportunity for motorists to release the equity in their current car and to become a monthly subscriber is something that Nissan believes will be especially attractive to motorists.

“This is the best opportunity in the market for consumers to own a brand new car. And if you have a car to trade-in it is the best opportunity to release the money that is tied up in that car. Money that could potentially be put to use to finance your monthly Nissan ‘Subscribe & Drive’ fee,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.