Kia e-Niro Review 2022

Kia e-Niro At A Glance

5/5

+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.

New prices start from £28,785
Insurance Groups are between 20–29

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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Can you recommend an electric car for towing a small caravan?
"Can you recommend an electric vehicle for towing a small caravan (1150kg)? I will only be considering lower price electric vehicles or would I be better to wait for more variety to appear with the hope prices will eventually lower? In addition, are you aware how much it will affect the range of the car whilst towing?"
There are a number of electric vehicles that'll be able to tow your small caravan. These include the excellent Hyundai Ioniq 5 (which has a towing capacity of up to 1600kg), while the Polestar 2 can also tow up to 1600kg. More affordable electric cars like the MG ZS EV don't have a sufficient towing capacity to tow your caravan. We don't have any data on how much towing will affect the range of an EV, but it's likely to have quite a significant impact. As a compromise, consider a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Both the Kia Niro hybrid and PHEV can tow up to 1300kg and could be ideal for your needs.
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What's the best EV on sale right now for range and boot space?
"I am interested in purchasing an electric car; however, I don't know where to start. Can you help me please? I'd like a car that has good range, like the Kia e-Niro and a large boot for the shopping, too. What do you recommend?"
A Kia e-Niro is a strong start. It's a practical choice with a very useable range. We'd also recommend the slightly bigger Skoda Enyaq iV – it's one of our favourite electric cars with an excellent cabin. You could also consider the Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5. The MG ZS EV is worth a look, too – it's a budget choice but very impressive for the money.
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Where can I charge my electric car?
"I have a Kia e-Niro. I live in the west of Scotland and have friends and family in Warwickshire and Derbyshire, so will need to recharge the battery when I visit them. How can I find a service station with working recharge stations in the North of England and and the Midlands where I can recharge and who owns them? How many accounts will I need to open to have use of their facilities? Why do they not have the facility to pay with a UK debit or credit card? "
You can look up charging points online, using websites like Zap Map. This will tell you who operates the charging point and there is often user feedback on whether the charging point is working or not. Unfortunately most charging points require you to use an app, website or have an RFID card. However, newly installed rapid and higher-powered charge points have had to provide debit or credit card payment options since spring 2020 and about 40% of the 3,500 rapid devices now offer this.
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How can I find public electric car charge points?
"I am looking to buy a Kia e-Niro 3. I live in the West of Scotland, near Paisley. I live in an apartment building so cannot have a home charger. How can I find all public charge points locally and beyond?"
You can use online resources like zap-map.com to search for charge points in your area and for set routes. The risk you run with not being able to charge at home is that not all public charging points will necessarily be working. However, users do tend to report online when a charging point is out of service so you should still get an idea of reliable places near where you live to charge. For more advice on electric cars, see our guide: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/is-an-electric-car-right-for-me/
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