Kia e-Niro (2019) Review

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Kia e-Niro (2019) At A Glance

Desirable electric crossover SUV. Very spacious. Impressive 282-mile range. Seven-year warranty.

Expensive compared to the Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf. Demand is likely to exceed supply.

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Just like the closely-related Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia e-Niro is causing ripples in the electric car world. It's bigger than the Kona - more of a rival to the Nissan Qashqai and SEAT Ateca - but shares its 59kWh electric motor and can cover an impressive 282 miles between charges.

Unlike the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia's not offering a lower-powered version of the e-Niro in the UK - and, for the time being, it's only available in one 'First Edition' trim level. As a result, it's a fair bit more expensive than the Kona, not to mention other electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf.

You can see where your money is going, though. Its interior feels distinctly premium - more convincingly so than the Kona Electric. It's also well-equipped, with standard equipment including adaptive cruise control, a premium sound system and leather upholstery.

The e-Niro's boxy dimensions means there's plenty of space for four adults, with plenty of head, leg and shoulder room. The boot is usefully big and square in shape, with access easier than the Kona Electric.

To drive, the e-Niro's acceleration from low speed is impressive. As soon as you hit the accelerator pedal, it surges forward with no hesistancy. That's a perk of electric cars - you don't need to wait for the automatic gearbox to select the right gear or for the revs to build. It will just go, running from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds. You do have to be careful not to spin the front wheels, however, even in the dry. 

It's a heavy SUV and, as such, it's not the most nimblest of handlers - but it's eager enough to change direction and it doesn't lean too much under cornering.

The e-Niro is at its best in town, where good visibility (aided by standard parking sensors and reversing camera) makes it easy to squeeze in and out of spaces.

What's most impressive about the e-Niro is Kia has beaten the more mainstream manufacturers to producing a genuinely useable electric car. It's practical enough for day-to-day family use, doesn't feel like a compromise to drive (actually it's quite fun) and represents reasonable value for money. Its closest competitor is the Hyundai Kona Electric, but both are subtly different enough to cater for different markets.

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Why is there such a long wait for new electric cars?
"Just tried to buy a Peugeot e-2008 from my local dealer, it had done 250 miles and was their demonstrator. However, Peugeot has said they can’t sell me that particular car. There is a six to seven-month wait for a similar vehicle. Can you recommend a similar vehicle in the same price range?"
There's a lot of demand for electric vehicles at the moment so it's not surprising to hear of a long waiting list for the Peugeot e-2008. Also consider the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai Kona Electric or maybe the MG ZS Electric.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Will a Kia E-Niro's electric range suit long drives?
"I'm thinking of buying. Kia E-Niro. Can it be charged at home and how long will it take to charge? I travel 150 miles twice a week, is this car any good for long journeys?"
The Kia e-Niro is an excellent electric car. The long-range model can officially travel up to 282 miles between charges, so 150 miles should be comfortably doable. A home wallbox will take around 9.5 hours to fully charge it (from 0-100%) while a rapid charger (such as those found at motorway service stations) will top it up from 20-80% in a little over 40 minutes. You should be able to charge it at home for less than £10, depending on how much you pay for electricity.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What electric cars offer a high seating position?
"Which EVs have a high driving position?"
MG ZS EV, Kia e-Niro, Kia Soul EV, Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona Electric, Peugeot e-2008.
Answered by Dan Powell
What car comes in the most interesting colours?
"I was interested in the Kia Niro PHEV but I'm disgusted at the choice of colours. Is there another make that would give me everything the Niro offers: self parking, opening sun roof, all the sensors etc but with a larger colour range?"
Unfortunately very few car manufacturers offer an interesting colour palette these days. You could consider a MINI Countryman PHEV - it's got a bit more personality than the Niro and is available in some bold colours. The Comfort Plus Pack (£1600) includes a parking assistant, while a panoramic glass sunroof is also available as an option (£800).
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Kia e-Niro (2019) cost?

Buy new from £20,799 (list price from £24,855)
Contract hire from £186.67 per month