New Skoda Enyaq iV vs Kia e-Niro: verdict

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...

Skoda Enyaq iV vs Kia e_niro rears

Our verdict

For a car that has seen a few birthdays, the e-Niro still impresses. The world is on a manic mission to extend battery range, yet this Long Range version is far from obsolete.

Were this test simply about which car travels farther, it would win, but there’s more to it than that. The e-Niro’s overall package is still excellent, but against the Enyaq it falls behind in a few areas, such as practicality, refinement and safety.

In fact, for this kind of money, the Enyaq is the best new EV we’ve tested. It’s very comfortable and has masses of room for the family among its list of strengths. Anyone looking to do long distances regularly has the option of the pricier 80 model, but after our extreme test, the 60’s range is fine for the odd family holiday and more than enough for everyday journeys.

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1st – Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 front

For Comfy ride; surefooted handling; quieter at speed; cheaper to finance; huge practicality; strong safety rating
Against Slower acceleration; shorter range; unstable infotainment software
Recommended options 100kW DC charging (£440)

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro 2021 front

For Great real-world range; strong performance; tidy handling; relatively practical in the wider class
Against No Euro NCAP rating; pricier PCP finance; slightly firmer ride; less plush inside
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Skoda Enyaq iV 60 Nav Suite

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Engine Electric motor
Peak power 177bhp
Peak torque 229lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 7.7sec
30-70mph 7.5sec
Top speed 99mph
30-0mph 8.6m
70-0mph 45.7m
Noise @ 30mph 61.0dB
Noise @ 70mph 65.7dB
Kerb weight 1965kg
Wheels/tyres (std) 235/55 R19
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Kia e-Niro 64kWh Long Range 2

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Engine Electric motor
Peak power 201bhp
Peak torque 291lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 6.7sec
30-70mph 5.8sec
Top speed 104mph
30-0mph 8.8m
70-0mph 46.5m
Noise @ 30mph 61.0dB
Noise @ 70mph 66.0dB
Kerb weight 1812kg
Wheels/tyres (std) 215/55 R17
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Weather conditions Dry and warm

Cars pictured

Skoda Enyaq iV 60 Nav Suite with Race Blue metallic paint (£595) and 20in Vega alloy wheels (£530)

Kia e-Niro 64kWh Long Range 4+ with Silky Silver metallic paint

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