Kia Niro EV
Kia Niro EV
Base MSRP: From $ 38,500
Destination Charge: $ 995
Tax Credit: up to $7,500
EPA Range: Estimated 239 miles, pure electric
Battery: 64 kWh 350 V lithium-ion
Charging Acceptance Rate: 7.2 kW
Dimensions: 164″ L x 70″ W x 63″ H
Reviews of the Kia Niro
Performance: Electric vehicle (EV); 201 horsepower
Price estimate: $ 38,500
Warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Drivetrain warranty: 7 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance: 5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion warranty: 5 years / 100,000 miles
2019 Kia Niro EV
Following a successful debut last year with its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the folks at Kia didn’t wait long to improve the Niro.
The big news for the 2019 Kia Niro lineup is the inclusion of an all-electric vehicle. It’s an impressive one at that, rivaling some of its primary competitors with a huge range of 239 miles.
There was one major complaint regarding last year’s Niro PHEV, but it was a huge one. The compact crossover sport utility vehicle went only 26 miles in EV mode. Kia kept the Niro PHEV in its lineup (it also has a hybrid model) this year, but the range remains 26 miles.
Frankly, I’m not sure why anyone would pick the Niro PHEV over the EV model. The only major downside in terms of sales is the Niro EV is only sold in California and 11 other states.
Still, the Niro EV is a tempting buy. The 239-mile range places it among the best it that key department. Tesla still dominates other EVs in terms of range. The Tesla S offers the most range at 335 miles and is followed by the Model S (310) and Model X (295). But after the Tesla models there’s a real short list of vehicles that can exceed the Niro EV in terms of range.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV has a 64.0-kWh battery pack, the same one used by this year’s Hyundai Kona Electric and the 2020 Kia Soul EV. Note that Kia and Hyundai are both South Korean auto manufacturers that have been affiliated since 1998.
Hooked up to the Niro’s standard fast-charger port, the 64-kWh lithium battery can add 100 miles in about 30 minutes. It goes from zero to 80-percent charged in approximately 75 minutes. If home and plugged into a 220-volt wall socket, the Niro’s onboard charger can reach a maximum charge in about 9.5 hours.
The Niro is billed as a five-passenger subcompact SUV with a long roof, but due to its size and its exterior look it can easily be mistaken for a hatchback.
We’re impressed by the Niro EV’s performance. The electric motor generates 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to travel 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, a great time for any EV that’s not named Tesla. The mpge is estimated at 102-123.
Despite the performance, the Niro doesn’t deliver a sporty ride, so don’t look for any big excitement when behind the wheel. What one will get is a quiet and composed ride. A knock against the Niro is the braking system. The regenerative braking slows the vehicle down and gives the driver a choice of doing it in minimal to aggressive mode. Yet it’s not a smooth stop and the Niro has been criticized overall for grabby brakes.
The Niro features good safety technology with standard rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot detection, front collision mitigation, and lane departure warning. Also standard is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
The interior is solid overall. It is roomy and suitable for tall passengers. Even with a tall person driving the vehicle, an adult can still be comfortable in the back seat. There’s good small storage areas and the Niro has 18.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats that expands to 53 cubic feet with the seat folded down.
Thanks to its terrific range, the 2019 Kia Niro should receive plenty of notice when car shoppers are out looking for an EV that can go a long way before needing a charge.
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for Kia Niro = 32A
Vehicle Acceptance rate: 7.2kW
2018 Kia Niro EV
Kia has big plans for its latest electric vehicle. To demonstrate how much they want to promote the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the south Korean automaker will employ famed actor Robert De Niro to lead a new advertising campaign.
It seems like a given that De Niro will make a terrific advertising spokesperson for the latest version of the Niro, an all-electric compact crossover SUV. Although Kia unveiled the plans to utilize the Oscar-winning actor in its European marketing plan, it hasn’t come up with an exact date when the Niro EV will be available in the U.S. It could be late this year or early 2019.
Kia unveiled the Niro EV (called e-Niro in European markets) at the Paris Motor Show in early October and received some very positive coverage. Kia says its European sales will begin sometime in December 2018. It will be Kia’s second globally-sold electric vehicle – the Soul EV was its first.
Electric cars – and the charging networks to support them – have been growing in popularity throughout Europe. Both awareness and acceptance have led to increased EV sales abroad.
There are lots of questions still surrounding the Niro EV. One of the biggest ones is price. No price has been announced, although it’s expected to be in the $24,000 to $32,000 range. Another question is the Niro’s relationship to the 2018 Hyundai Kona. The Kona and the Niro EV share several key components.
What we do emphatically know is the Niro EV looks very intriguing overall. Utilizing a 150-kilowatt electric motor, it has a targeted range of 240 miles before a charge is required. The Niro EV has a sleek, aerodynamic body, features regenerative braking and coasting guide control, and will no doubt have a fantastic mpge, another facet of the new Niro that has yet to be announced.
The Niro EV is based on the existing Niro hybrid and the plug-in/hybrid (PHEV) models. Kia has enjoyed nice success thus far, selling more than 200,000 hybrids and PHEV models worldwide since their introduction in 2016.
There are some subtle exterior differences between the two existing Niro vehicles and the Niro EV. The attractive-looking EV model has an integrated charging port on its grille and the front bumper is a bit different, designed to enhance aerodynamics. The interior features a larger center console storage area because there’s no need for a gear stick.
The estimated 240-mile range means the Niro EV won’t need regular charging, especially for folks who utilize the vehicle as their commute vehicle. Recharging reportedly can be done in roughly 54 minutes at 80 percent of the battery, using a 100-kW fast charger.
Another positive regarding the Niro EV is performance. Don’t expect to driving some sluggish SUV. The vehicle’s 64-kWh battery is paired with a 150-kW electric motor that produces 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. It reportedly goes 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds, so it has pretty good acceleration.
We like that the Niro EV also employs regenerative braking that slows the SUV down automatically once the gas pedal is disengaged. It provides a driver’s warning when to brake and coast, the end result adding more distance to the charge. There are steering wheel paddles the driver can employ in three levels of deceleration.
Due to its low center of gravity, wide stance and fully-independent suspension, the Niro EV offers good handling and a stable ride. Being an EV vehicle, it predictably provides a quiet ride.
The Niro EV interior comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen on the dash that offers some helpful knowledge, like where is the nearest charging station and also monitors the charging range. A cool feature offers some instant heat, thanks to a departure time preset, heating the SUV to a prescribed temperature prior to driving. That comes in quite handy during the winter months when no one enjoys getting into a freezing car.
There is ample space – head and leg room – for driver and four passengers. The doors are wide and easy to enter and exit. We love that the door handles and center armrest are made of soft material and add to the Niro’s overall comfort. Kia smartly restricted the hard surfaces primarily to the dash.
For car buyers seeking a larger electric vehicle with both range and versatility, the 2019 Kia Niro EV could be the answer. The small SUV possesses good performance, a fairly comfortable interior, and has an appealing exterior.