Does Kia Niro EV lack competitors in its segment?
According to CarGurus, the new Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) is currently one of the best all-electric cars you can buy in the price range ou nder $40,000 (the U.S. price has not yet been announced), especially if you are looking for a long-range, affordable crossover.
The e-Niro looks conservative, maybe a little outdated (in opposition to the upcoming 2020 Kia Soul EV), but there are also many modern design details like the grill-less front.
The interior is roomy, spacious and comes with many important features that one might seek - from USB and wireless charging for a phone to the heat pump heating system. Materials are often cheap/hard, but the fit and finish is good and overall it's in-line with other models in its segment. The infotainment system - standard in many Kia cars - seems easy and quick, although not without drawbacks, like for example the charging point list, which is not up-to-date.
The acceleration is decent (at least after you speed up a little bit), although it's not a sports car. Handling is not impressive and, according to CarGurus, there is a lot of road noise at higher speeds. On the other hand, steering and braking was praised.
Overall score was 6.7/10, which is average from:
- Look and Feel 5/ 10
- Performance 6/ 10
- Form and Function 8/ 10
- Technology 8/ 10
- Safety 8/ 10
- Cost-Effectiveness 5/ 10
Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) Specs
- 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack
- Energy density (cell) 250 Wh/kg
- Nominal voltage of 356 V
- range of 239 miles (385 km) EPA or 455 km (282 miles) on the WLTP (combined cycle)
- 150 kW and 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
- top speed of 104 mph (167 km/h)
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.8 seconds
- 30-70 km/h (18.7-43.5 mph) in 2.8 seconds
- 60-100 km/h (37.3-62 mph) in 3.8 seconds
- 80-120 km/h (49.7-74.6 mph) in 5.0 seconds
- DC fast charging at up to around 100 kW from 20% to 80% in 42 minutes
- 7.2 kW on-board charger
- Curb weight - 1,737 kg (min) - 1,791 kg (max)
- Gross weight - 2,230 kg