Kia Niro EV (2022 – present) | Expert Rating | The Car Expert

May 22, 2024 | by magnews24.com

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 May 2024, the Kia Niro EV holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 80%.

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

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

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Business Car

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Move Electric

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What Car?

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 75%
Safety assist: 60%

The current-generation Kia Niro was crash tested by Euro NCAP in September 2022, achieving a four-star safety rating. This rating stands for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the SUV, as well as the all-electric Kia Niro EV.

Eco rating

Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of May 2024, the Kia Niro EV has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

The Kia Niro EV is still a 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.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery range Average Score Variation Score
EV models 285 miles A 285 – 285 miles A – A
Electrical efficiency Average Score Variation Score
EV models 4.4 m/KWh B 4.4 – 4.4 m/KWh B – B
Insurance group Average Score Variation Score
All models 23 B 23 – 29 B – C
Service and maintenance Cost Score
Year 1 £194 A
Year 2 £491 A
Year 3 £787 A
Year 4 £983 A
Year 5 £1,295 A
Overall £3,750 A

The Kia Niro EV is very good in terms of running costs. Scheduled servicing and maintenance costs are outstanding, while insurance costs and electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is good as well.

As an added bonus, the battery range is good so you won’t have to charge the car too often.

Awards

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

2024

  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car

2023

  • EcoCar Electrified Top 50 – Electrified Car of the Year + Best Electric Medium SUV
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Small SUV
  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Crossover
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Medium EV

Similar cars

If you’re looking at the Kia Niro EV, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q4 e-tron | Citroën ë-C4 | DS 3 Crossback E-Tense | Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai Kona Electric | Mazda MX-30 | MG ZS EV | Nissan Ariya | Peugeot e-2008 | Skoda Enyaq | Subaru Solterra | Toyota bZ4X | Vauxhall Mokka-eVolkswagen ID.4 | Volvo XC40 Recharge

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