Kia e-Niro Interior Overview: It’s More Spacious Than Kona: Video

OCT 25 2018 BY MARK KANE 25

Kia e-Niro is coming soon and it surely does impress.

The Kia e-Niro looks promising and could be an even bigger player than Chevrolet Bolt EV or Hyundai Kona Electric. However, a lot depends on whether Kia will be willing to meet demand.

Here we have an interesting overview of the interior of e-Niro at the 2018 Paris Motor Show by the Toronto Electric Vehicle Association TEVA.

The e-Niro is slightly bigger in size than the Kona, but the range rating is similar, which alone will be an advantage for the e-Niro. Inside it looks spacious and reasonably organized, however in conservative in style.

Kia e-Niro spec (64 kWh battery version):

  • 64 kWh battery – 301 miles (485 km) of WLTP range
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds
  • 150 kW (204 hp) and 395 Nm of torque
  • fast charging 0-80% in 54 minutes at 100 kW

Kia e-Niro spec (39.2 kWh battery version):

  • 39.2 kWh battery – 194 miles (312 km) of WLTP range
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.8 seconds
  • 100 kW (136 hp) and 395 Nm of torque

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25 Comments on "Kia e-Niro Interior Overview: It’s More Spacious Than Kona: Video"

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BoltEV (was SparkEV)

Any of them able to tow 1500lb trailer?

eject

You can get a hitch in Europe for both. Maximum tow weight 1350kg, permissible vertical loading 90kg.

Moshe

As of now, towing is only for the hybrid version. I heard Kia was in the process of homologating the E-Niro for towing, so, presumably, the MY2020 version should be able to tow.

Terawatt

Pretty sure the answer is no. And while that would be nice, I think a bigger problem is they won’t be equipped or homologated with a towbar. It’s really useful to have a towbar even with a pretty low towing capacity, for things like a bike rack or moving a large but not *that* heavy piece of furniture. Nissan e-NV200 for example can only tow 350 kg (about 770 lb), but that’s still very useful if you want to bring a couple of bicycles or borrow a hanger at IKEA to take that sofa home.

eject

tow bar manufacturers have gotten their tow bar homologated for the car.

BoltEV (was SparkEV)

Yup. I got tow bar for my Bolt for bike rack, but can’t tow anything. Well, I suppose I can if I void the warranty…

mzs112000

Rav4EV Owners like to install tow bars, there is one with a 3,500lb weight limit…
If we can get that for NiroEV or KonaEV, with the same 3,500lb limit, then it would be perfect vehicle for many Americans…

Jonas

9.2 kWh battery – 194 miles (312 km) of WLTP range?
Should be 39,2kWh.

wavelet

This video is a lot less comprehensive than Bjørn Nyland’s video reviews of the e-Niro — these guys don’t even bother showing the backseat.

TJKR

Bjorn Nyland’s series on the e-Niro is great, especially one one he goes 500Km+. This is seriously a great EV, second to Model 3, with serious range and efficiency. Just wondering what the final price will be and how many Hyundai will make. If they are making them like the Ioniq Electric, it’ll just be another compliance car.

Some Guy

Some people have real jobs and other life responsibilities – unlike Bjorn apparently who lives the sweet life as a professional YouTuber.

Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

For which I am very happy for him and benefit from his work and dedication. –

G2

Yah Some Guy; I’m jealous too.

BoltUp

“9.2 kWh battery – 194 miles (312 km) of WLTP range”
Thats some amazing efficiency 🙂

Terawatt
Bjørn Nyland has posted several videos about the Niro (since when is it called the e-Niro? Since marketing teamed up with Robert de Niro!), including a test drive and one comparing the interior with that of the Kona. It’s slightly larger, as you say, and that can make a big difference for those who find the Kona slightly too tight. I’m 6’1″ and perfectly comfortable in the Kona — as long as I don’t need to think about space for anyone right behind me. The few times I’ll have anyone seated directly behind me I can still make it work by using a high and more forward seating position, but I don’t think I’d “sit behind myself” comfortably for a long trip. The extra space however isn’t enough for me to reverse my preference for the Kona. I think it looks much better inside and out, and the small size will be an asset, not a liability, in the parking garage of my condo, the mall, or the parking house near work. As for which will sell more, that is entirely up to Hyundai. Both cars will sell as many as they make for at least all of 2019, so… Read more »
ffbj

How soon, how many, aye, there’s the rub.
What is good news is that new compelling entrants into the ev space are coming, which will only serve to accelerate the changeover to an ev vehicular fleet.

Will

A lot of buttons oh no 🤦🏽‍♂️

Mike

The Benz EQC can tow almost 4000 lbs, but of course it’s another year wait on top of this. http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/wiki/mercedes-benz-eqc-specifications/

Joshua Burstyn

And doesn’t go as far… despite having a bigger battery… costs more… ugh.

Harold T

e-Niro is the new benchmark for 2020+ today! Sat in Niro PHEV and is much more comfortable than Kona. The Center console on the Kona is horrible and restricts knee room. Niro is a clear winner. Cancel Soul EV and Ioniq EV and build only Niro EV for $35K or less.

Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

60kwh not going to be 35k. 39.5k probably at best.

Richard

That is great EV its got everything. Hopefully, it comes with a cheap price point!

John

Sane specs as Kona?

G2

Well done TEVA!