Let’s Compare Reviews: Kia Niro EV First Drive By Cars.com & Autotrader


How do Car.com and Autotrader first drives of the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV compare?

We’ve had a huge influx of Kia Niro EV reviews as of late, in addition to Hyundai Kona Electric coverage. This comes as no surprise since these Korean automakers are ramping up electric car releases ahead of most other automakers. There was a time that we were worried these companies would focus solely on hydrogen-powered vehicles, but fortunately, the tables have turned. Still, it may be awhile before production is significant and availability is notable. Nonetheless, we can’t discount the automakers’ valiant efforts and impressive offerings.

Cars says Kia has finally impressed with the new Niro EV in terms of range. In the past, Kia has offered a few EVs, but range was a major issue. Unfortunately, as the review points out, this electric crossover won’t be available in the U.S. in most markets.

Autotrader agrees that electric range is a major advancement for this new Kia entrant. It also reminds us that while the crossover is more expensive than competitors, you’ll enjoy substantial savings on “fuel.” The reviewer points out that the e-Niro has a reasonably upscale cabin with respectable cargo volume. It’s also well-equipped, even in its base configuration.

In addition, acceleration is impressive and it remains composed as far as handling is concerned. However, the ride is somewhat stiff and larger bumps are noticeable. Overall, Autotrader believes the e-Niro is a big step forward for electric motoring in general.

Have you driven a Kia Niro EV or an Hyundai Kona Electric? If so, please share the experience in the comment section below.

Video Description via Car.com on YouTube:

2019 Kia Niro EV: First Look – Cars.com

The 2019 Kia Niro EV rides on the same platform as the 2020 Soul EV as well as its corporate cousin, the 2019 Hyundai Kona EV. We got a chance to see it in its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Below, you’ll find Autotrader’s review for comparison:

Video Description via AutoTrader on YouTube:

2019 Kia e-Niro first drive review

The Kia e-Niro is a five-door small electric SUV which will be competing with the likes of the Hyundai Kona electric, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq and smaller Renault Zoe. It has an impressive range of 282 miles, can comfortably fit four/five adults, is reasonably priced, has plenty of kit, and could sway some reluctant people towards electric motoring. Digital Editor Rachael Hogg went all the way to South Korea to drive Kia’s latest EV.

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13 Comments on "Let’s Compare Reviews: Kia Niro EV First Drive By Cars.com & Autotrader"

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Looks like a nice vehicle. We just need pricing and availability outside of CARB states.

Meh. We need non-CARB states to become CARB states.

Styling of the Kona EV is slightly better than that of the Niro EV but the Niro has more interior and boot space 451 litres (Kona has just 334 litres) as well as the same motor and 64kWh battery. If you have a child’s pushchair / buggy, the Kia Niro EV would be the better choice. 🌞

I like the Kona better too. Hopefully it will come in at a better price too. Soon Chevy will have to refresh the Bolt in order to survive.

Hit 15,000 miles today and had my Niro PHEV since Aug 15th. I am saving enough in gas to make the car payment. Wish it had that regen lever feature. Superb overall bang for the buck. Yesterday went to lunch with a couple friends and the dude in the back seat goes about 6′ 4” and 280 lb. He had plenty of room remarking especially about the headroom. Headroom is superior in a wagon/hatchback by design because the roof doesn’t start descending. I get a kick out of certain fans of Tesla (which are incredible vehicles) who can’t seem to grasp that you’d do something so ridiculous as buy a not-Tesla. My response is well then that makes two of us. I don’t quite grasp why anyone would by a vehicle with a trunk. The trunk thing seems to be a rather odd feature whose preference seems to be limited to the US. Oh well. Note: I’m in the US too. Oh and the Niro is way better looking than any of the Teslas. And the interior and ergonomics are better on the Niro too. It does have those cheap door handles though. Nasty things. Well at least it has… Read more »

Lack of a hatchback always seemed to me to be a huge oversight for the Model 3. Great styling, but I’d take the functionality any day over looks. So… just waiting for US pricing to be announced on the Niro. It (and the Kona) seemed prime to steal a lot of sales from Leaf upgraders like myself who feel that Nissan has dropped the ball.

OT – I don’t understand why the trunk of the TM3 was designed to pivot up so high when opened (you need quite a lot of overhead clearance) yet doesn’t give you a larger trunk opening like a hatchback would. Why didn’t they use the normal arrangement that every other trunk uses?

The good thing about the Model 3 trunk is that the hinges don’t impinge on trunk space. I’ve never had a problem with the height – I actually consider it an advantage so I don’t hit my head on it like on some cars.

I’ve had hatchbacks before, but the Model 3 works great for me with the seats down. I’m moving to a new house and have been using my car for moving lots of household items. It holds quite a bit of stuff.

You’ll be burned at stake here. EV better AND cheaper than Tesla ? Blasphemy !

Better how? Did they somehow proved that in the few months they had this car out?….in limited numbers too. It’s cheaper…for many that’s good enough.

I was with you until you said better looking….lol dude!

Did they announce pricing yet for the US?

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

Did any dealers announce waitlists? nothing that I see 🙁