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Nio ES6

6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Nio ES6

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Isn't available in Britain, and you should be sad about that. Not quite there yet, but ES6 shows a lot of promise for Nio's future.

The Nio ES6 is a good car. In many respects it’s on par with competition from Europe – the interior is comfortable, spacious and feels well-made, the infotainment looks and feels slick and the powertrain is smooth, quiet and makes this 2,345kg car properly quick.

Another massive plus is the access to Nio’s battery-swap stations – something we wish someone had thought to implement in the UK. It’s not all good, though – the ES6 isn’t even slightly sporty, much like the EQC, the body control leaves much to be desired and for the most part it feels its substantial weight. But as a marker in the sand, only Nio’s second car, it’s an impressive bit of kit.

Now, the score. It’s a tricky one, this, because the Nio isn’t available here and therefore doesn’t have UK prices or specs. We’ve gone with a 6 because it’s a surprisingly good thing, if lacking in a few areas. Nio’s charging ecosystem might have earned it an extra point, but it’s still unproven and, again, only a thing in China. Should the ES6 ever materialise in Europe, we’d be only too happy to revisit our review and revise our score accordingly. But for now - we can’t say for certain whether it’s better or worse than the comparable Audi, Mercedes or Jaguar. 

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