2019 Kia Niro EV Review: Two Huge Players In EV Press Talk It Up

FEB 13 2019 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 24

The upcoming 2019 Kia Niro EV continues to earn huge respect.

InsideEVs’ fun challenge of the day: Find us a reviewer out there who hates the 2019 Kia Niro EV. Is it possible? As far as we’re concerned, it appears everyone seems to love this all-electric subcompact crossover. But, as always, it depends on who the reviews are coming from.

Included in the above reference to people who love the Niro EV is our great friend, Alex Guberman of E for Electric. If you’re not familiar with Alex or haven’t followed him in the past, take notice. He sort of dabbled in EV coverage, with a primarily Tesla-based focus early on. However, in the more recent past, Alex has decided to devote all of his time to EV-related coverage (not just Tesla), as well as EV adoption and education.

So, if you visited his channel in the past and perhaps decided it wasn’t for you, we think you might want to take a second look. Alex now has a much more extensive collection of diverse coverage on a more consistent basis.

At any rate, what does this seasoned electric car owner think of the 2019 Niro EV? He shares his thoughts about the Kia, but even more interestingly, Alex convinces Electrek’s Fred Lambert to share some words about the upcoming car.

We’ve got two huge players in the EV-coverage industry that seem pretty enamored with the Niro EV. Gotta love it! More importantly, what do you think?

Video Description via E for Electric on YouTube:

2019 Kia Niro EV: Test Drive Review

Kia Niro EV is now on sale in the US and has been on sale in Europe for a while: now it’s my turn to test drive it and review it with my first impression video from Santa Cruz, California! Special guest appearance by Electrek’s Fred Lambert.

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24 Comments on "2019 Kia Niro EV Review: Two Huge Players In EV Press Talk It Up"

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I like Alex but he is sometimes wrong, though I think in this case he is probably correct.
Having a forum and following, means just that. So he gave Fisker a lot of credence, when no one else would. His hypercritical view is selective. Unlike mine, which hits almost everyone with the same dirty stick.

Just discovered that the Kona BEV with 60kwh battery cost 48k euro in Germany. Tesla Model 3 midrange will come to Europe in a few months at close to 50k euro. That will make the current Kona with 60kwh battery almost unsellable. They can still sell the 40kwh Kona that cost 36000 euro.

Unsellable is a little harsh. I have a Model 3 reservation waiting for the $35K model, but my eye is now watching the Kia Niro EV closely. The hatchback form factor is much more ideal for my use. I may back out of my Model 3 reservation…

List price for the 64kWh Kona is €41900 in Spain, but after dealer discount it is €37300. No EV subsidies are available right now. The 39kWh version is €34500 after dealer discounts.

I guess I’m not too worried about that. Reason being that Teslas are known to have poor build quality and cut a lot of corners. People who know about cars will more likely choose the Kona or the Niro due to their much higher build quality and reliability. Their utility might also be more appealing than a sedan like the Model 3.

Utility of CUV vs sedan, sure, no argument. But reliability advantage of KIA/HYUNDAI vs TESLA, how can anybody say at this moment? These models are barely out yet.

esto_perpetua, He’s probably making an educated guess based on historical trends, since like you said these are new models barely out yet. I’d be inclined to agree with him though. Tesla IS known for cutting corners and having some suspect workmanship, while Kia/Hyundai regularly rank high on the reliability rankings.

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Yeah, it’s not like Europeans prefer hatchbacks/wagons or anything weird like that.

Anyone knows how Tesla spareparts are priced in Europe? And is there a market for aftermarket, or non-Tesla, parts?
How are Tesla workshop pricing in general, for instance what would new pads and brake discs in all 4 corners cost on a model 3?
I am asking because besides the questionable build quality and stuff, I am worried about running cost over say 10 years in the harsh Scandinavian environment.

Why are you mentioning Kona? The Kona is a tiny CUV, smaller than Tesla Model 3. However Kia e-Niro is a relatively big CUV and serves a different purpose than Tesla Model 3. I need Kia e-Niro because I have two small kids, I wouldn’t want the Tesla Model 3 for my family, it’s not practical enough; a Tesla Model S would be the next alternative. Compared to that, Kia e-Niro is almost half the price.

“Kia Niro EV is now on sale in the US” ?? I don’t think its on sale..I have been watching but news from Kia America on sale date.

It’s not, unless I’ve missed something in the 12 hour since I last looked. Guy doesn’t know what he is saying!

Correct not on sale yet. Should be announced at a California event at the end of February.

“Kia Niro EV is now on sale in the US”.

Fake news.

When I asked several Maryland dealers about when they think they’d get Niro EVs, most spammed gasoline models or told me they’ll get “stuck with” some Niro EVs in Spring. “Stuck with” is the thing that really stood out to me. I don’t think the dealers really want them to be available for sale, especially not soon.

So, effectively a $45K car in Europe is somehow selling for $37K in the US?

No wonder it is limited in volume for the US market. it is compliance car.

Both Hyundai and Kia bumped the prices in Denmark by ~$3.000 a few months back when they realized demand was far above supply. I suspect they will lover their prices significantly when competitors arrive. It is still a Kia/Hyundai after all – not much “luxury” here…..

I’d say Kia/Hyundai are definitely closer to luxury than any other mainstream brand given their quality and fit-and-finish, but maybe they’ll adjust the price, or not, in the future, we’ll see. Hopefully it’ll be more accessible though for everyone, it’s a fine car.

Meh. Personally, I find the guy grating.

Now that the 2020 Kia Soul EV has an official EPA rated range of 243 miles, people can start discussing which Kia EV will suit their needs.

2020 Kia Soul Electric -> https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=41235

Rick Rohn - Martinsburg, WV

Just going over the specs on the Kia website of the two trim levels (EX and EX Premium) for the U.S. market. Unless I’m reading it wrong, two EV comfort basics — heated front seats and heated steering wheel — aren’t even options on the lower EX trim level. Heck, a heated steering wheel isn’t even standard on the Premium… optional equipment. So it’s gonna be well north of $40k just for my arse and hands to stay warm for five months out of the year in the Mid-Atlantic? WTF?! Want the much more efficient heat pump?… optional on BOTH trim levels. As far as I’m concerned, Kia can stick it where the sun don’t shine… and that’s coming from a current (and very happy) 2016 Soul EV owner who — on his mid-level trim vehicle — enjoys a heat pump, heated front seats, and heated steering wheel as STANDARD equipment. Incredible excitement about this vehicle has turned now to major disappointment looking at our Soul EV lease being up this summer. Bummer. Was looking forward to staying with Kia (operative word being “was”) 🙁

HAVE BEEN READING AND WATCHING ALL THE ARTICLES/COMMENTS ABOUT THE NEW KIA NIRO EV. WHAT IS DISAPOINTING IS THAT IN THE MIDWEST-MINNESOTA-THIS CAR WILL PROBABLY NEVER BE AVAILABLE AND IF IT WAS THE COOLER TEMPERATURES WOULD NEVER LET THE CAR REACH 48-52 MPG. READING THAT COLDER TEMPERATURES COULD DECREASE ACTUAL MILEAGE ON THE EV’S UP TO 30-40%. THAT TO ME IS REALLY DISAPPOINTING—-EARLE