2019 Kia Niro EV First Review By Kelley Blue Book


Positive vibes continue to stream in about the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV.

It comes as no surprise that Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is impressed with the 2019 Kia Niro EV. The reviews have been solid for the 239-mile all-electric crossover. You’d be hard-pressed to find a publication out there that calls it a bad car or has much of anything negative to say about it, besides anticipated concerns about availability.

The Niro EV gets its power from a 201-horsepower electric motor and a 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Look for it to go on sale soon in 12 U.S. states, with a price tag around $37,500 prior to rebates.

What impressed KBB the most?

According to KBB, the Niro EV “shines” due to its outstanding build quality and first-rate materials. It provides a hushed ride and composed handling, not to mention plenty of immediate torque. However, the best part about the Niro EV is its range. While the EPA puts it at an estimated 239 miles, KBB says that’s a conservative estimate. Its test car showed 255-mile range when they first set off.

KBB believes the Niro EV is a better car overall than its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona may win in range and exterior styling, but the Niro offers more practicality, due in part to its slightly larger size. It offers more cargo volume and rear-seat space than the Kona (enough for a 6-foot-tall adult to ride behind the driver).

Notable Impressions

Like most EVs, the Niro’s heavy, chassis-mounted battery gives the crossover a low and balanced center of gravity. The car feels substantial, yet handles corners well and exhibits minimal body roll.

The Niro EV offers four driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, Eco+), as well as four levels of regenerative braking (0-3). The driving modes tweak throttle response, regen, and HVAC settings to accommodate driving style and conditions. If you don’t like regen or aren’t used to it, you can choose “0,” but you’ll be losing out on its range benefits. KBB says the level 3 regen works for one-pedal driving and illuminates the Niro’s brake lights.

Kia’s new electric vehicle comes standard with a 7-inch touch-screen interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It’s also equipped with multiple advanced driver assistance features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The Niro EV can be charged to full capacity in less than 10 hours using a 220-volt Level 2 home charging system.DC fast-charging will get you about 100 miles in 30 minutes or an 80-percent charge in about 75 minutes.

What’s your take on the 2019 Kia Niro EV? Let us know in the comment section.

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16 Comments on "2019 Kia Niro EV First Review By Kelley Blue Book"

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“level 3 regen … illuminates the Niro’s brake lights.” Now there’s some good news. I spend a fair amount of time in stop-and-go traffic, and non-working brake lights are rather dangerous. Good to hear Kia is thinking ahead on this one.

SparkEV brake light comes on when regen is above about 10kW since 2013. This is not new with GM, not sure about others.

Pretty much all have it.

Model 3 killer for sure.

Competitor, absolutely.

Killer, no.

Now if only they could satisfy demand and release it US wide as well as stocking them on dealer lots.

Not if sold in limited numbers in only 12 states. Also there will be plenty of people still wanting a longer range EV with a solid long range fast charge infrastructure, more tech, all glass roof, large screen, more performance and power at a $9,500 premium. The MR Model 3 now starts at $42,900 so after the current rebate it will be around $9,500 more than the post-rebate cost of the Niro. As far as the performance difference it will be substantial. The Model 3 MR has a curb weight of 3,686 lbs. and has 220 hp. The Niro has a curb weight of 3,854 lbs. and 201 hp. Also the Model 3 will have a lower center of gravity. The Niro hits 60 in around 7.5-8 seconds while the Model 3 in less than 6 seconds. Also the Niro isn’t even bigger on the interior but for marketing purposes people will think it is. Niro: Head room – front/rear: 40.1/37.7 Leg room – front/rear: 41.7/36.0 Shoulder room – front/rear: 56.0/55.1 Hip room – front/rear: 53.7/48.3 Model 3: Head room – front/rear: 40.3/37.7 Leg room – front/rear: 42.7/35.2 Shoulder room – front/rear: 56.3/54 Hip room – front/rear: 53.4/52.4 I think… Read more »

Definitely an ICE Killer!

Not the same market. The Kia is a practical car that happens to be electric. The Model 3 is the ride of tomorrow, full up with bells and whistles that are just amazing.

Keep shorting fool!

More positive news for the Niro EV. Exciting! Seems like everyone loves it. I wish Kia would talk about how they plan to sell these. Asking about the Niro EV in Maryland just results in nonstop dealer spam about Sportage and Sorento. Dealers seem to be working hard to put me off and make the Model 3 look more enticing.

Jalopnik also reviewed it. To sum it up, they call it the “Kia” of EV vehicles.

Green Car Reports is out with a projection that U.S. sales for all four of the following Hyundai/Kia EVs combined—the Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Kia Niro EV, and Kia Soul EV—will total less than 20,000 units annually, both this year and next year. 🙁
Source: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1121350_hyundai-and-kia-evs-may-just-avoid-compliance-car-stigma-but-is-that-enough

That sounds bout right dl, unfortunately.
Though 2020 could n should be much higher in production/sales with growing demand for a more established niro ev, more than doubling of range for the 2020 ioniq bev n a brand new big battery soul ev with about as much range as the niro ev.

Typical Kia/Hyundai products. Decent interior but crappy driving dynamics…

The Niro EV has a fully independent rear suspension. That alone beats many EVs on the market.