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).
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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