The e-Niro is Kia’s second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model made its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in the UK from 1 April 2019. More than 200,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV have been sold around the world since 2016, with 65,000 examples sold in Europe and more than 11,000 here in the UK.
Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Created at Kia’s design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept.
E-Niro Specification Highlights
With the new e-Niro, Kia is offering a single, well-equipped ‘First Edition’ model that encompasses all the essential equipment that an environmentally aware electric vehicle driver needs.
- Bi-Function projection
- Front fog lights
- LED daytime running lights & rear combination clusters
- 17” alloy wheels
- Roof rails
- Black leather upholstery
- 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
- Heated front seats & steering wheel Features
- Rear parking sensors & reversing camera system
- Engine start/stop with a Smart Entry System
- Rain sensing windscreen wipers
- Automatic headlight control
- Automatic air conditioning
- Heated & folding door mirrors
- 7 airbags
- DAB Radio
- 8”satellite touchscreen sat nav with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)
- TomTom® Live
- Bluetooth® with music streaming
- Apple CarPlayTMand Android AutoTM with voice control
- 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre
- Wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones.
- Fast charge USB port & aux compatibility
A suite of safety technology is installed in the E-Niro: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, plus Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC+).
Battery and Charging
The battery of the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh has an estimated total capacity of 67 kWh. The usable capacity is 64 kWh. A range of about 240 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.
For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 170 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 355 mi.
Charging is done using a Type 2 connector and the on-board charger has a maximum power of 7.2 kW. This charges a fully depleted battery back to full in around 10 hours 30 minutes. Charging the car using a regular wall plug will take around 32 hours 45 minutes.
Rapid charging is possible through a CCS connection. The maximum rapid charge power is 80 kW. The battery can’t be charged continuously at this power. In an average rapid charge session the average charge power will be around 60 kW. This charges the battery from 10% to 80% in around 45 minutes. A rapid charge like this will add about 165 miles of range.
The Kia e-Niro 64 kWh emits no CO2 during driving. This only includes direct emissions from the vehicle itself. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Vehicles with an internal combustion engine will always emit CO2 during driving. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels.
The Kia e-Niro 64 kWh is eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) of £3,500. The OTR Price including the PICG for the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh is £32,995.
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UK sales start in April 2019 with a 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty
In keeping with every Kia, the e-Niro comes with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty additionally covers the battery pack and electric motor for extra peace of mind. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.