Kia entered the highly competitive subcompact crossover SUV market with the Kia Niro hybrid in 2017, followed soon afterwards by the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid. It has followed up in 2019 with the Kia Niro EV, which relies on the same chassis and body but uses a 64.0kWh Lithium-Ion battery to produce 239 pure electric miles. Using a Level 2 (240V) charger, Niro EV’s charge time from empty to full is 9 hours and 35 minutes. A DC fast charger gets an 80% charge in 60 minutes.
Niro EV won the 2019 Car Of The Year Award from Popular Mechanics Magazine. PM’s automotive editor Ezra Dyer, explained the choice: “We picked the Niro EV for Car of the Year because it’s an electric car that would be appealing even if it weren’t electric. But it is electric, and it delivers the usual EV benefits without much in the way of EV sacrifices. It’s smooth, quick and quiet, with plenty of range and an affordable price. The Niro EV feels like a preview of the near future when cars like this are the norm. But right now it’s the exception.”
At its 2019 awards show, the United Kingdom’s popular automobile magazine and website called What Car? named the Kia e-Niro its overall winner, beating 23 other models to claim the prestigious title. The pure electric crossover was Kia’s first winner of the Car of the Year title and the e-Niro also triumphed in the electric car category. What Car? editor Steve Huntingford commented: “The demand for electric cars has grown exponentially in recent years, and 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet. Most of the leading manufacturers have plans for new EVs, and the fact that the Kia e-Niro was able to beat all its petrol and diesel rivals to win the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Award shows how far this technology has developed.”
Kia Niro EV comes in two trims: EX ($38,500 MSRP), and EX Premium ($44,000 MSRP). Both trims have AC and DC Fast-Charging ports, and both use Regenerative Braking to generate battery power while the car is in use. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Keyless Entry and Ignition are standard in both trims. EX and EX Premium both provide 18.5 cubic feet of luggage space, which becomes 53.0 cubic feet when the back seats are folded down. QI Wireless phone charging comes standard in the higher, EX Premium trim.
Kia's visually attractive infotainment system is easy to use, with either a 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on trim. There's also a 7-inch TFT LCD display panel in the center of the digital instrument cluster, providing all the mechanical info you need.
Consumers can substantially reduce Niro EV’s $38,500 starting MSRP with a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $2,500 California State rebate check. Meaning the Kia Niro EV offers enormous value to consumers ready to get serious about driving an electric vehicle. When you add in a considerable list of exceptional features, and Kia’s reliability track record, this car is exactly what you need to make your important Eco Lifestyle change. Both trims are eligible for High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) decals in California.
Niro EV is powered by a 150-kW permanent magnet synchronous motor driving the front wheels. The motor produces 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet pf torque. The car can go from 0 to 60mph in 7.8 seconds.
The Niro EV strengthens your peace of mind with an Iso-Structure composed of over 50% advanced high-strength steel for excellent rigidity. Kia’s manufacturing techniques further reinforce body integrity, designed to help protect the passenger compartment in certain collisions. The EV’s active safety technology automatically helps drivers avoid a variety of problems before they arise. Systems like Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist System (BAS), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) bring additional safe driving assurance.
Like all forward-thinking electric vehicle body designs, Niro has been aerodynamically shaped to move through space with minimal effort. All exterior lines have been sculpted to reduce drag and maximize performance. An active air flap on the lower front bumper enhances airflow and cooling, while specially-designed wheels and a flat under tray create an athletic silhouette that moves down roads effortlessly. Both car trims offer Normal, Eco, Eco+ and Sport driving modes, allowing drivers to enhance the car’s range with additional "hands-on" efficiency.
Says Autoblog test driver/reviewer John Belts Snyder: "The Niro EV doesn't seem like some stopgap vehicle while we're waiting for better EVs; it's good on its own, the kind of car you'd expect to own for a long time. And more important, it's not just some cold appliance. Like the Kona Electric and the Chevy Bolt, this new generation of long-range, relatively affordable EVs have a spark of life in them."
REVISED JULY 2019
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