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Used test: Kia e-Niro vs Skoda Enyaq costs
The Kia e-Niro may be an award-winning electric SUV, but is the larger Skoda Enyaq a better used buy? We find out...
Buying and owning
Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security
When new, the Kia e-Niro and Skoda Enyaq came in at a little less than £35,000 each. After two years on the used market, the e-Niro will now set you back around £23,000 and the Enyaq around £28,000; respectively, that's around £14,000 and £10,000 cheaper than what new Niro EVs and Enyaqs go for.
The Enyaq should be slightly cheaper to insure. Its insurance group of 23 puts premiums at around £661 per year, while the e-Niro (group 25) should set you back around £700. For two services of the e-Niro through Kia, we were quoted £419. For a single service of the Enyaq, we were quoted £252 by Skoda.
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 automatic 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 was 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.
One feature (that was a £440 optional extra from new) worth seeking out on the Enyaq is 100kW fast charging. As standard, it charges at 50kW, and doubling the speed gives the potential for a 10-80% charge in as little as 30 minutes. The e-Niro’s maximum rate of 77kW and slightly bigger battery accounts for a longer delay of around 45 minutes. A 7kW home wallbox takes them both from empty to full in about 10 hours.
Only the e-Niro appeared in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey. It placed fourth out of 14 cars featured in the electric car class – a confidence-inspiring result. What's more, as a brand, Kia ranked seventh out of 32 manufacturers. Skoda finished 13th; that's not a bad result either.
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