Kia’s electrifying new Niro

19 December 2019

KIA is charging ahead with its electric vehicles by adding a new high-grade version of the popular e-Niro family model to the line-up.

It replaces the First Edition version and gets a lengthy list of standard equipment.

This includes an updated ten-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with telematics system featuring UVO Connect Services, LED headlights with bi-function projection, ambient lighting and a battery heating system.

Inside there’s black leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, electronic park brake with auto-hold plus automatic air conditioning.

There is also adaptive smart cruise control with stop and go, a smart entry system with engine start and stop button, wireless mobile phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, an eight-speaker JBL premium sound system and DAB radio.

A full suite of safety equipment is included, too, with Lane Follow Assist, Lane Keep Assist System, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Hill-start Assist Control plus seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees.

The order book for this new Kia e-Niro 4 version opens this week with prices from £38,000, which reduces to £34,500 after the taxpayer-funded grant.

Kia’s first fully-electric crossover utility vehicle, with a range of 300 miles, the e-Niro comes with the manufacturer’s standard seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

It is equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack producing zero on-road CO2 emissions.

The battery pack is paired with a 150 kW 200bhp motor, producing 395Nm of pulling power, enabling the e-Niro to accelerate to 60mph in 7.8 seconds.

Alternatively there is a cheaper 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, with a range of up to 190 miles. Plugged into a 100kW fast charger, it takes about 40 minutes to recharge the e-Niro’s battery from 20% to 80%.

This battery pack is matched to a 100 kW 135bhp motor, also producing 395 Nm torque, and accelerating to 60mph in 9.8 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the e-Niro model is front-wheel drive.

The Niro notched up more than 35,000 European sales last year, making it one of Kia’s best-selling models. Annual sales of electric vehicles across Europe are expected to reach about one million by the end of 2022, while the crossover market is also forecast to continue expanding.