The Kia e-Niro is an award-winning, spacious EV, providing remarkable range for its price
Introduction to the Kia e-Niro
The Kia E-Niro – along with the Hyundai Kona Electric – is a game-changer in 2019 in the UK EV market.
The e-Niro is a fully-electric (BEV), spacious SUV offering fantastic value for money. You no longer have to pay £60,000+ to get 250 miles of range on a single charge.
In January 2019, What Car? magazine voted the e-Niro “Car Of The Year 2019“. Think about that. It didn’t just win “Electric Car of the Year”, but also “Car of the Year”. It beat all types of car – including traditional petrol / diesel cars – to the top spot.
We predict the Kia e-Niro will sell like hot cakes – assuming Kia can build enough of them to meet demand. At the moment, there is a long waiting list to buy the car in the UK. The lead-in time is currently a staggering 18 months.
It’s more expensive, but if you are after a high tech electric car with very good range today, consider the Tesla Model 3, which has availability from one month to the next.
Scroll down to read our written review and watch full video analyses from well-known reviewers.
- Excellent, dependable range on a single charge
- Very good value
- 7-year manufacturer’s warranty
- None that come to mind
Kia e-Niro – Range
The Kia e-Niro can cover roughly 254 miles before it needs recharging.
If you are worried about buying an EV due to range anxiety, you need worry no more. The e-Niro’s 64 kWh battery is big and allows you to drive a considerable distance in one go.
It’s worth pausing for one moment to think about the range. 254 miles. That’s one heck of a long way. With careful driving, it will go even further.
Kia e-Niro – Price
This Kia electric car costs from £32,995, including the PiCG grant.
Is that expensive? Compared to all the other EVs on sale in the UK today, the e-Niro is the best value electric car in terms of ‘price per mile of range’, along with the Kona Electric.
If you divide its price of £32,995 by its range of 254 miles, you get £130. That puts the e-Niro top of the charts.
Who is the Kia e-Niro for?
This front wheel drive Kia electric SUV is a well-proportioned, 5-seat, electric vehicle.
The e-Niro is a perfect family car. Why? It fits 5 adults, has plenty of space in the rear seats, and has a relatively big boot. The interior cabin size really is very generous. You can have long-legged adults in the front two seats, and still tons of legroom in the back. There is also no feeling of claustrophobia in the rear seats – it’s light and airy.
Its 254 mile range means you can go on weekend trips wherever you want, without worrying about running out of charge. If your trip is more than 250 miles in a day, simply stop for lunch, recharge, and off you go again.
The e-Niro has an 80 kW rapid charging DC socket, using the CCS connector type. Although most public charging points are only 50 kW at the moment, the e-Niro is ready for the faster 100-150 kW charging stations already being installed.
The Hyundai Kona Electric is a very similar car, but the e-Niro is more spacious in the middle row, has a bigger boot, and is better suited for families, especially with older, larger children.
Could the e-Niro be your next company car? Yes, of course. It looks smart, is tax efficient being an EV, and its impressive range won’t restrict your business activities (assuming you’re not a salesperson, tearing up and down the country all day long).
There really is very little to criticise about the Kia e-Niro. It’s an award-winning, EV all-rounder.
- If you would like more information about EVs in general, please see our main Electric Cars page.
- For specific details about the e-Niro itself, see the main Kia UK e-Niro website.
- Otherwise, please scroll down to the Reviews section below for independent analyses.
Kia e-Niro – Reviews
We have trudged round the web and brought all the best video and text reviews to you in one place.
Click on the links below for independent reviews of the Kia e-Niro from respected car reviewers:
> James and Kate
- Reviewers: James and Kate
- Organisation: James and Kate
- Date published: 1 June 2019
- Length: 23 minutes 50 seconds
> Fully Charged Live
- Reviewer: Jonny Smith
- Organisation: Fully Charged Live
- Date published: 4 December 2018
- Length: 19 minutes 59 seconds
- Reviewer: Vicky Parrott
- Organisation: DrivingElectric
- Date published: 17 December 2018
- Length: 5 minutes 48 seconds