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 a versatile EV?
"What would be an appropriate EV replacement for my lovely Skoda Yeti?"
The obvious choice is the Skoda Enyaq iV. It's one of our favourite electric cars with impressive versatility. You could also look at the excellent Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 – or the new Kia Niro EV, which is slightly smaller but still a very convincing electric car. If you're on a tight budget, we'd also recommend the MG ZS EV. This guide might be useful: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/best-electric-cars/
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Should I buy a Kia Niro hybrid or PHEV?
"I'm interested in buying the new 2022 model Kia Niro, probably the 3 trim level. I need to decide whether to buy the hybrid or PHEV version. The published economy for the hybrid is 61.4 mpg and the 11.1 kWh PHEV has an electric range of 34 miles according to car tests. My electricity tariff is 43.98p per kWh and petrol cost is £1.83p per litre. The cost for 1000 miles using the PHEV in electric mode is £144 and the hybrid petrol cost is cheaper at £135. Therefore the extra £5,780 cost of the PHEV will never be recouped at current energy costs. So much for the benefits of 'cheap' electric cars! My question is: what is the actual economy of the standard hybrid version since this is critical for my cost/benefit calculation?"
The latest Kia Niro is too new for us to have any real-world fuel consumption data. You're right, though, that the plug-in hybrid model doesn't make a huge amount of sense for a private buyer. It's expected to account for just five per cent of Niro sales in the UK – and most of those will be to company car drivers who will save money in tax. The hybrid model would be a better option unless you're willing to make the jump into a pure-electric vehicle.
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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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