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If you've ever felt the pressure to live up to a high-achieving parent, you'll understand the situation that the Kia Niro EV is in. You see, it's a direct replacement for the e-Niro, which was the first electric car to win the overall What Car? Car of the Year award.
What made the Kia e-Niro so good? Well, along with its cousin – the rather less practical Hyundai Kona Electric – it was the first electric vehicle (EV) to democratise a 250+ mile range between charges. Yes, various Tesla models could go even further, but not by much – and the e-Niro cost a fraction of the money to buy.
Over the next few pages, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Kia Niro EV, including what it’s like to drive, how practical it is and what equipment you get with different versions. We'll also tell you which trim we think is the best option.
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The Kia Niro EV is too new to have featured in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. However, its predecessor, the Kia e-Niro was ranked third out of eight electric cars, while Kia sits a highly credible ninth out of 30 brands ranked overall. The Niro EV is sold with an industry-leading seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, although some exclusions apply. Read more here
The Niro EV has an official range of 285 miles from a full charge of the battery. Based on the efficiency of other Kia electric vehicles, we would expect a careful driver to manage 250 miles or so if the weather isn’t too cold (low temperatures will push down range). Read more here
All versions of the Kia Niro EV have a single 201bhp electric motor powered by a 64.8kWh (usable capacity) battery, providing sprightly performance and an official range of up to 285 miles. Our pick of the trim options is mid-level 3, which includes everything you’re likely to want, including a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen, plus heated front seats and some other luxuries. Read more here
The Kia Niro EV infotainment is controlled using a touchscreen, which is either 8.0in (with 2 trim) or 10.3in (with 3 or 4). The bigger screen is preferable, but both are easy to use and respond quickly to inputs. The 4 trim also includes a premium Harman Kardon sound system. Read more here
The Kia Niro EV is too new to have been tested by safety experts Euro NCAP, but it’s expected to do well because its predecessor, the e-Niro, was five-star rated. That will be helped by the fact that the Niro EV is fitted with a strong array of safety kit, although 2 trim models don’t get blind-spot monitoring. Read more here
The Kia Niro EV’s boot is surprisingly big, with a capacity of 382 litres – which is actually more than you get in the Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV. It’s eclipsed by the class-leading Skoda Enyaq iV, but we reckon the Niro EV has enough luggage space for a family of four to head off on a short holiday. There’s room under the bonnet for the charging cable, too. Read more here
|RRP price range||£25,715 - £41,745|
|Number of trims (see all)||7|
|Number of engines (see all)||5|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||hybrid, electric|
|MPG range across all versions||201.8 - 64.2|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||7 years / 100000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£72 / £1,690|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£145 / £3,380|