With a noteworthy scope of up to 239 miles from a full charge. An appealing smaller SUV shape and an assortment of on-board tech. The Kia Niro EV has a great deal to bring to the table – particularly at its $40,265 asking cost, including $1,175 for objective. That is the reason we’ve added one to the Roadshow long haul carport.
What we know about it
The model I’ll test is the UK-spec E-Niro 4 Plus – the top model that accompanies a 64-kilowatt-hour battery. 201 torque and a most extreme publicised scope of 239 miles on the US EPA cycle. (Kia UK authoritatively cites 282 miles on the more idealistic European WLTP test cycle.) The 4 Plus likewise upholds 100-kW quick charging, which is still lovely uncommon across the UK. Connected to a quick charger, the Niro EV can energize to 80% in less than 60 minutes. On a more normal 50-kW charger, the Niro will arrive at 80% in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The out and about cost for this E-Niro 4 Plus test vehicle is £39,395, or around $55,500 dependent on current trade rates. A likewise prepared US-spec Niro EV costs $46,865 including objective.
A solitary speed gearbox moves the front-wheel-drive Niro EV to 60 mph in a sound 7.5 seconds and on to a maximum velocity of 104 mph. Obviously, likewise with all EVs, the quicker you go, the less productively you’re utilizing the vehicle’s battery, so don’t anticipate getting anyplace close to that 104-mph top end in the event that you need to squeeze out most extreme reach.
Some interior details
Inside is a 10.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment framework. Which upholds both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay through the numerous USB ports underneath. There’s likewise warmed driver and front seats, warmed directing wheel, back turning around cameras, vulnerable side admonitions, versatile journey control and path keeping help.
Other pleasant addresses this test vehicle incorporate dark cowhide upholstery. A remote charging cushion and a redesigned eight-speaker JBL sound framework which makes a fair showing of shaking my skull with my driving playlist of Periphery, Dream Theater and Taylor Swift.
Similarly as with all EVs, the reach we have seen changes relying upon the amount that hammer the gas pedal. How long it spend going at higher, less-productive paces on motorways. The Niro utilizes regenerative slowing down, notwithstanding, which we have gotten consistently more used to in and out of town, serenely having the option to drift to a stop at red lights and returning reach to the tank all the while. As longer excursions begin to factor into my life again we will need to re-figure out how to drive all the more proficiently to get the most ideal reach. In general we are dazzled with the Niro’s blend of solace, space and driving execution, and we are anticipating perceiving how it charges on longer travels.