In the end, I ended up buying the Ariya.
Market conditions are changing fast
, though, so it was a close thing. They wanted to only give me $30k for my ID.4 with 30,000 miles, but we were able to get just over $33k and an additional $2k incentive that I hadn't thought it would qualify for, plus MSRP and the reservationist credit and my $500 deposit of course. We've driven about a hundred miles so far around Seattle and on the freeways, and it is a huge improvement in comfort and quality over the ID.4, even though the ID.4 is a very comfortable car. A few thoughts on purchasing and on the car so far:
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- If you have a reservation on any FWD version, you can probably expect to get your car very soon. Many people are canceling their reservations, and those cars are frequently being reallocated to other reservation holders.
- The built in navigation works really well. It uses Google for searching for an address or location, and it works as well as on my phone.
- Approach unlock and lock works great, and is not too sensitive if you are just walking around near the car.
- The heads-up display is really clear. Self-driving information, navigation instructions, and even the blind-spot monitor are nicely integrated.
- The side mirrors are much smaller than on the ID.4, and there is a bigger blind spot. I think we will end up relying on the blind spot monitor a little more than I am comfortable with.
- The self driving is a little more advanced than I had expected, even for ProPilot 2.0 . Hands-free driving on the freeway works very well, but it also anticipates curves very well and slows the car in advance. Plus, if there is a merge or interchange coming up, it will switch on the turn signals for you and change lanes after you press a button to authorize it.
- The amount of space under the false floor is enormous if you take out the silly styrofoam block. It's probably a good 10 inches deeper, and there is a mounting point for a spare tire. I don't have a spare yet, but I'm pretty sure one would fit below the false floor, at least if it was in the upper configuration.
- ProPilot Park takes a little getting used to, but actually parks very quickly. I tried self-parking with an I-pace several years ago, and this was much faster. It doesn't back in to spaces as far as I would like, though, so I found I needed to adjust a little after it was done.
- The sound system is not as good as in my ID.4, but I had upgraded those speakers to Focal. It's probably about the same as the base speaker that came with that car.
- The brakes seem a little grabby, making the Ariya difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. That was much smoother with e-step turned on, strangely.
- I haven't found the setting for it to remember to keep e-step turned on each time you start the car. That setting was there for the Leaf, so I assume it's there somewhere.
- Efficiency has been decent, even in mid-30s weather and freeway driving. We're down to about 65% state of charge after driving ~100 miles, so 300 miles in the summer seems easily achievable.
- The ID.4 is a quiet car, but the Ariya is on a completely different level.