2019 Kia Niro EV Crossover: Concise Test Drive Video Review

DEC 20 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 12

Another super-positive review of the all-new, upcoming 2019 Kia e-Niro.

DrivingElectric recently reviewed the Kia Niro EV. Not only does the publication provide a video recap of the review, but there’s also a written synopsis that’s linked below in the video description. We really appreciate the fact that the outlet offers us a review from a female reporter’s perspective — Vicky Parrott — since this is rare for sure. So, what does DrivingElectric think of the brand-new entrant?

While the Niro EV comes standard with a 64-kWh battery pack and lots of range, it also only comes in one fully loaded trim level. This means you get a ton of stuff, but you have no choice but to pay for it. Vicky says this crossover is one of few cars that will work to increase EV adoption for the masses. She’s happy with the Niro’s comfort, predictability, acceleration, and intuitive braking. Vicky says you can just go about your business as with any car and the e-Niro feels “normal.”

Driving Electric’s Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • Claimed 282-mile range
  • Comfortable and practical
  • Bells-and-whistles equipment list

Cons

  • Still quite expensive
  • Styling not to all tastes
  • Relatively short service intervals

DrivingElectric concludes:

As an overall prospect, the e-Niro is currently the best electric family car going. It’s great to drive, comfortable to sit in, easy to live with as a family and – crucially – offers the sort of range that should finally put the dreaded range anxiety to bed. Of course, you get Kia’s famous seven-year/100,000-mile warranty as well. It’s electric motoring made even easier, and at an affordable price.

Video Description via DrivingElectric on YouTube:

Kia e-Niro electric SUV review – DrivingElectric

Kia e-Niro review: https://www.drivingelectric.com/kia/n…

The Kia e-Niro is our favourite electric family car. It’s a great compact SUV with a 282-mile official electric range and an affordable price.

Rival review:

Hyundai Kona Electric review: https://www.drivingelectric.com/hyund…

KIA NIRO EV (e-NIRO)

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12 Comments on "2019 Kia Niro EV Crossover: Concise Test Drive Video Review"

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I’ve never wanted a SUV / Cross Over / A Bit Large* vehicle before in my life, but this might be the closest fit for our current budget, unfortunately.

* Defined as anything bigger than a Chevy Volt.

They killed embedded playing.

I agree….my pick for EV of the Year for 2019!

California only, Not Found in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

No mention of pricing!

282 miles WLTP that is.

Niro and Kona are the car that Tesla should have made, Ford and GM also for that matter. That no US manufacture really created an affordable EV is a bit sad. The Volt and Bolt don’t have the features (no power seats, no dynamic cruise on Bolt). Tesla 3 is not a nice practical hatchback and at a competitive price to Niro and Kia, range is much less along with the lack of features.

Nice part is that in 2019 people can still get the $7500 Fed tax and state $2,500 rebate on these $40K plus luxury hatchbacks.

She said it has rain sensing wipers. How’s that? I’ve been told that takes a neural net and years of development.

I hope it is cheaper than KONA EV.

Would like to know if there is a battery heating system in the Niro. The Kona will not have one in the US, only in other markets. Kind of a deal breaker where I live.

They don’t have any cold weather operation restrictions on current Kia or Hyundai EV’s and offer lifetime warranty on the battery. Whatever system they have they seem to have confidence it will handle cold weather operation.

Since Hyundai are adding a battery heater in the Kona for other markets, my guess is the US (without battery heater) model will only be sold in California.