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Kia Niro EV review

Category: Electric SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Niro EV 2022 charging
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 front
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 rear
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 dashboard
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 rear seats
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 charging
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 front cornering
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 rear cornering
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 side
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 infotainment touchscreen
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 boot
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 frunk with charging cables
  • Kia Niro 2022 USB-C socket on front seat
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 front
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 rear
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 dashboard
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 rear seats
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 charging
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 front cornering
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 rear cornering
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 side
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 infotainment touchscreen
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 boot
  • Kia Niro EV 2022 frunk with charging cables
  • Kia Niro 2022 USB-C socket on front seat
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As a cash purchase, the Kia Niro EV is one of the least expensive fully electric SUVs you can buy. Prices start below the larger Skoda Enyaq iV and only slightly above the smaller Peugeot e-2008 (which has a much shorter range).

We’d avoid the range-topping 4 trim, though. It costs almost as much as an entry-level Kia EV6 – a larger electric car that can travel further on a charge than the Niro EV and charge up much faster.

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the Niro EV is how long it takes to charge up. It can accept a maximum of 72kW of charging power, meaning a 10-80% top-up takes at least 43 mins – and that’s in ideal conditions.

For context, a 10-80% charge in the EV6 can theoretically take as little as 18min, and even the Enyaq 80 (which can accept 135kW) can cover off a 10-80% charge in 33min.

A full 0-100% charge from a 7kW home wall box in the Niro EV takes around 10hr 30min.

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Kia Niro EV 2022 charging

Overview

The Kia Niro EV isn't the groundbreaking electric car its predecessor (the e-Niro) was, but it's still a very fine all-rounder.

  • Comfortable ride
  • Fairly practical
  • Strong performance
  • Slow charging speed
  • Hard interior plastics
  • Personalisation offered only on range-topping 4 trim
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