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. In 2019 it debuted the Kia Niro EV, which relied on the same chassis and body but used 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. The 2020 Niro EV’s EPA-rated fuel economy is 112MPGe, which breaks down into 123MPGe city and 102MPGe highway.
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.”
Having sold 8M vehicles in the United States, Kia has been ranked by J.D. Power as the #1 Brand In Initial Quality, 6 years in a row.
For 2020, the Kia Niro EV has received a refresh on its exterior styling, including new wheel designs. Its digital cluster has been updated and an 8-inch touchscreen is now standard.
The EV comes in two trims: EX ($39,090 MSRP), and EX Premium ($44,590 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. 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 an 8-inch or 10.3-inch touchscreen, depending on trim. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Smart Key with Push-Button Start and Immobilizer, and a Rear View Monitor w/ Dynamic Parking Guidance (RVM w/ DPG) are standard in both trims.
Consumers can substantially reduce Niro EV’s starting MSRP with a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Kia Niro EV offers enormous value to drivers ready to get serious about leasing or purchasing 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 201HP 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 efficiency.
Kia’s warranty coverage is industry leading. It provides a 10 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Its limited coverage warranty (5 year/60,000 miles) and hybrid/EV components warranty (10 years/100,000 miles), are better than what Nissan offers for its Leaf and Chevrolet offers for its Bolt.
Updated May 2021
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