Summary


The Kia Niro EV is an all-electric compact crossover, and the successor to the discontinued e-Niro SUV, which rivals electric SUVs like the Peugeot e-2008 and Skoda Enyaq, as well as family-sized electric hatchbacks like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen ID.3.

Described as “a really impressive package” by Electrifying.com, Parkers says that the Niro EV “is better than its predecessor in just about every way – it’s better equipped, it’s better to look at, it’s easier to use the onboard tech, it should be slightly more economical and it’s a little roomier without getting externally bulky.”

Carbuyer adds that the Niro EV can travel further than the e-Niro on a single charge too. It’s 64kWh battery and 150kW electric motor pairing can muster 201hp and a promised battery range of 285 miles – stats that are quite competitive with its rivals.

That said, these improvements come at an additional cost. “It is no longer the default answer to the decent value, long-range family EV question”, Autocar explains, pointing to the fact that the Niro EV range hovers around the £40k mark at launch, while the e-Niro was available for under £35k.

When it comes to driver appeal, Car argues that “it’s nothing special” – noting that there has been a reduction in torque and top speed moving from the e-Niro to the Niro EV. The reduced performance isn’t likely to bother the Niro’s key audience though – UK buyers looking for an easy-to-drive and user-friendly electric family car. Kia’s reputation for reliability and the Niro EV’s seven-year warranty is an added bonus.

As of July 2022, the Kia Niro EV holds an Expert Rating of 80%, based on 12 reviews published by the British motoring media. This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see a large number of UK-based reviews being published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

    Niro EV highlights

    • Intuitive infotainment
    • Competitive battery range
    • Practical and comfortable cabin
    • Larger boot than standard Niro range

    Niro EV lowlights

    • Top-spec models are expensive
    • Some cheap interior plastics
    • Not much personalisation for entry-level models
    • Not all that exciting to drive

    Key specifications


    Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
    Engines:
    electric, battery-powered
    Price:
    From £36,245 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2022
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA

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    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

    Auto Express

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 9 / 10
    “Kia hasn’t tampered with the recipe for its new Niro EV, and it moves the game on from what was already an impressive electric vehicle. The price has increased accordingly, but few – if any – rivals offer better on-board tech, versatility and range. It remains ordinary to drive, but the new K3 platform adds some welcome polish to its road manners.”
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    Auto Trader

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 10 / 10
    “This full electric version will likely attract the most attention, and builds successfully on the very solid reputation for value, range and usability established by the previous generation e-Niro.”
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    Autocar

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 8 / 10
    “There’s not a shadow of doubt that the Kia Niro EV is one of the best and most recommendable EVs out there, especially in its more affordable 2 and 3 trims. Yet prices and competition have changed. Great as it is, the Kia is no longer the default answer to the decent value, long-range family EV question.”
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    Car

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 8 / 10
    “To drive, it’s nothing special. The reduction in performance is no bad thing, though; it shows Kia understands what the Niro is all about, and who it’s for. It makes life very easy for the driver, with a common-sense mix of physical buttons and modern electronics. And don’t forget that reputation for reliability and seven-year warranty – huge draws for Kia owners.”
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    Carbuyer

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 8.6 / 10
    ““Kia’s second-generation Niro EV takes all the positives from its predecessors and improves on certain aspects.”
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    Driving Electric

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 9 / 10
    “The new Niro EV picks up right where the e-Niro left off, adding sharper styling and intuitive infotainment to the brand’s popular electric family-car package.”
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    Electrifying.com

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 9 / 10
    “Kia has improved in most of the places that matter and created a really impressive package.”
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    Parkers

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 7.8 / 10
    “The Kia Niro EV is better than its predecessor in just about every way – and how often can you say that about a new car? It’s better equipped, it’s better to look at, it’s easier to use the onboard tech, it should be slightly more economical and it’s a little roomier without getting externally bulky.”
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    The Sun

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    Model reviewed:
    “The pure-electric version starts at £36k but costs pennies to run. Whichever you choose, the Kia Niro EV is a thoroughly-modern, right-size family car punching way ahead of the rest.”
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    Top Gear

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 8 / 10
    “The Niro EV is practical, accessible and economical, and there’s a maturity to it that shows just how dedicated Kia is to upping its game and going electric. And the company’s latest styling efforts mean you’ll be less embarrassed to be seen in it.”
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    What Car?

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    Score: 8 / 10
    “The Kia Niro EV isn’t the groundbreaking electric car its predecessor (the e-Niro) was, but it’s still a very fine all-rounder.”
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    Which?

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    Model reviewed: Range overview
    “Kia’s unassuming first-generation Niro small SUV proved a hit thanks to its all-round versatility and choice of electrified drivetrains. Given its success, Kia has done the same thing the second time around – including having the same engine and battery specification for its all-electric Niro EV.”
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    Safety rating

    Kia Niro EV


    No safety rating

    As of July 2022, the Kia Niro EV has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP.

    Eco rating

    Kia Niro EV


    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the Kia Niro EV has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating


    The Kia Niro EV is a brand-new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the Niro EV to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Niro EV, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Niro EV has received

    2022

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Small SUV

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