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Kia e-Niro review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia e-Niro 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 front
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior rear seats
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 right tracking
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 front cornering
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior detail
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 boot open
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 boot open
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 front
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior rear seats
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 right tracking
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 front cornering
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 interior detail
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 boot open
  • Kia e-Niro 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Kia e-Niro is a pricier cash buy than the Mazda MX-30 and MG ZS EV, which are both at the cheaper end of the electric SUV spectrum. There are also cheaper versions of the VW ID.3, while the entry-level 2 trim with the 64kWh Long Range battery costs roughly the same price as the entry-level Skoda Enyaq 60. The 2 64kWh Long Range and the smaller 39kWh battery qualify for the Government's electric car grant.

As the e-Niro is a pure electric car, company car drivers will pay very little company car tax for the next few years. This, combined with the low cost of electricity compared with petrol – especially if you take advantage of discounted rates when charging at night – makes with e-Niro a seriously cheap car to run. If you venture into the London Congestion Charge zone, you’ll also escape the usual fee and there are various parking perks in cities across the UK.

Equipment, options and extras

There's a choice of three trim levels. Entry-level 2 trim has single-zone climate control, privacy glass, part-leather seats, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, 17in alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and keyless entry. You can order it with the 39kW or the 64kW Long Range battery and it's our recommended trim – 3 trim pushes the price too far towards better large electric cars, including the Tesla Model 3. 

Overview

The Kia e-Niro pulls off a trick many newer electric cars have failed to do: it's not just a fantastic electric car with a long range but it's also a good car overall. You get great practicality, excellent performance, a comfortable ride, tidy handling and reasonable levels of equipment. The e-Niro does all of that for a fairly sensible price if you go for the entry-level trim with the 64kWh long-range battery (the cheaper 39kWh version isn't as impressive).

  • 64kWh model’s 250-mile-plus real-world range
  • Quick acceleration in 64kWh
  • Tidy handling and comfortable ride
  • A fair bit pricier than an MG ZS EV
  • Doesn't charge as quickly as a Tesla Model 3
  • No Euro NCAP safety rating
New car deals
Target Price from £32,895
or from £495pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Used car deals
From £29,995