New Skoda Enyaq iV vs Kia e-Niro: costs
Kia's e-Niro was the first electric SUV to offer a long range and serious practicality for sensible money, but now it faces fresh competition from the Skoda Enyaq iV...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
It’s no coincidence that these two cost roughly the same; as we said, they’re priced to qualify for the government grant. Interestingly, the grant is based purely on a car’s list price, so you can add as many options as you like, bump up the invoice price well beyond £35,000 and still receive the £2500 bung.
The Enyaq is predicted to shed value at a slightly slower rate than the e-Niro and costs less to insure and service. We’re not talking about huge disparities, but over three years the Enyaq will be a bit over £1300 cheaper for a private cash buyer to run than the e-Niro.
If you’re financing, there’s a big advantage in opting for the Enyaq. Let’s assume you stick £3500 down on a three-year PCP deal. If you do no more than 8000 miles a year, the Enyaq is £433 per month and the e-Niro £33 more. The Enyaq is also advantageous to lease, costing about £40 per month less.
These cars are equally great if you’re a company car driver. In total, you’ll pay only around £650 in benefit-in-kind tax over three years if you’re in the 40% bracket.
Neither car is exceptionally well equipped. You get a few niceties, such as alloy wheels (17in with the e-Niro, 19in for the Enyaq), climate control, power-folding door mirrors and auto lights and wipers. The e-Niro adds keyless entry, while the Enyaq has that leather seat upholstery.
Both come with active safety aids, including automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance. The e-Niro has never been put through the Euro NCAP test procedure, so we can’t tell you how safe it is in a crash. The Enyaq has been tested and showed impressive protection for adults, children and pedestrians, so it gets the full five-star rating.
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