Kia Niro EV Review 2023
Kia Niro EV At A Glance
The new Kia Niro EV builds on the success of the old Kia e-Niro, which blew the competition out of the water when it arrived in 2018. It doesn't change much in range and performance, but it was already best-in-class anyway, and now looks a bit more interesting. Our Kia Niro EV review will examine if it's still the best affordable electric family car around.
At a time when most electric cars could barely crack 200 miles on a charge, and the only ones that could were expensive luxury models, the Kia e-Niro took the market by storm. For a reasonable price tag here was a family-sized SUV that could do up to 282 miles on a single charge with little compromise. The only issue Kia had was building enough of them to meet demand.
Fast forward four years and the whole Kia Niro range has moved to a new generation. There's hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants available, but this review focuses on the Kia Niro EV (as it's now called).
The first thing you'll notice is that distinctive new exterior design. You'll probably either love or hate it, but there's no denying it's got a lot more about it than the rather bland-looking old one.
More universally appealing will be the Kia Niro EV's cabin, with a design and technology inspired by the extremely desirable, bigger and pricier Kia EV6. It's also spacious, comfortable and well-equipped - you can spend over £40,000 on a Niro EV but even the £36,000 base model isn't exactly sparse.
Where the Niro EV hasn't changed a great deal over the old e-Niro is in the electric motor and battery department. Just as before you get a 64kWh battery (but no smaller, cheaper version this time) for an official range of 285 miles, which is still very competitive alongside rivals such as the Skoda Enyaq, Volkswagen ID.4 and Citroen e-C4.
The charging speed of 72kW is disappointing, though, particularly as the EV6 doesn't cost loads more and will charge at up to 234kW. Still, it'll charge a bit more quickly than the old e-Niro, and excellent efficiency means it won't use as much battery to get about as rivals.
To drive, the Kia Niro EV is competent and comfortable rather than super agile and thrilling. Refinement is good, too, and there's plenty of tech to take the strain away from long distances or town driving. A Cupra Born is more fun to drive, however. Read on to find out more detail on the new Kia Niro EV.
Want a second opinion? Check out heycar's review of the new Kia Niro EV.
Looking for the older version? You'll want our Kia e-Niro (2018-2022) review.