Kia e-Niro long-term test review: report 6

What's the first-ever electric winner of our Car of the Year title like to live with? We find out...

Kia e-Niro boot

The car Kia e-Niro First Edition Run by Jim Holder, editorial director

Why it’s here To find out just how good the first fully electric What Car? Car of the Year really is

Needs to Do everything a conventional SUV can do, without compromises

Price £32,995 (after grant) Price as tested £33,560 Miles covered 6278 Official range 282 miles Test range 268 miles Options Premium paint (£565)

2 July – Boot practicality without compromises

One of the reasons the Kia e-Niro pipped the Hyundai Kona Electric to What Car?’s Electric Car of the Year crown was that it offered more room than its cousin for a lower price.

In both cars, though, it's notable that the battery pack doesn’t impinge on practicality. As owners of some electric or hybrid cars will know, that’s not always the case, with battery packs sometimes compromising space, most often in the rear seats or the boot.

Kia e-Niro boot

In fact, because the e-Niro’s battery pack is located in the floor of the car rather than boot, luggage space is actually greater than that of the regular Niro Hybrid.

Nor is the space available merely ‘good for an electric car’; it's similar to that of other mainstream SUVs, including the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, and big enough to swallow five carry-on suitcases (one more than the Kona).

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