Kia e-Niro first drive

Kia e-Niro first drive


The Kia e-Niro is one of the most highly anticipated cars for 2019, and Zap-Map has had an early chance to drive it. The statistics add up to make impressive reading, so if you’re not already aware of them, cast your eye downwards to find out more.

Kia e-Niro key stats

Price: £32,995 after PiCG

Range: 282 miles (WLTP)

On sale: 1st April 2019

Charging: CCS – DC up to 100 kW, AC up to 7 kW

Power: 150 kW electric motor

Battery: 64 kWh

Performance: 7.5 seconds 0-62mph

Have we piqued your interest? Good. But a car is made up of more than just facts and figures. And the e-Niro stacks up well not only as an EV crossover, but as a crossover full stop.

Its range is very usable, and the Kia’s efficiency meant we were on for an excellent real-world range without even trying.

Like most launches, there isn’t the chance to really push the boundaries of an EV’s range, but sharing the test car with a driving partner, our average energy use would give a range of just under 300 miles off a full charge. That’s after a route that involved stop-start and free-flowing city traffic, motorways, A- and B-roads, so a good mixture of driving environments.

The e-Niro is spacious too, trumping its manufacturing group stable-mate, the Hyundai Kona Electric for practicality, but with a similar range.

The best part is that the e-Niro is in the same affordable price bracket as the Kona Electric, costing a little over £30,000 for a car with around 300 miles of range. Whereas previously that had been the preserve of Tesla, and more recently Jaguar, with models costing well over twice that amount, the Kona Electric, and now e-Niro, are removing or reducing a significant barrier from many EV buyers – purchase cost.

So at a high level, the e-Niro is a great EV. But if you want to find out more about it, head over to Next Green Car via the button below to read the full First Drive review.