2019 Kia Niro EV: 8 Pros and One Con
Cars.com tested the new 2019 Kia Niro EV and made their conclusion as to its strengths and weaknesses.
The cons and pros of the 2019 Kia Niro EV (called Kia e-Niro in Europe) has been highlighted by the American automotive experts of Cars.com, a digital car marketplace, after they spent some time with the car. This all-electric version joined a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid already marketed.
By its style, the electric Kia Niro, positioned as a versatile crossover, is rather a SUV-ish wagon, which is larger and roomier than the sibling Kona Electric. It is a good car for EV early adopters.
The advantages of the model, in experts’ opinion, are:
- Affordable prices (from $39,495);
- Driving range of 239 miles provided by a 64kWh battery, that is enough for most people;
- Fast charging to 80% in 75 min on a DC 50-kW charger (60 min from 100-kW fast chargers);
- Simplicity in terms of driving, maintaining, design, technologies;
- Quietness: potential annoyances in the cabin are well filtered out, the engine works stilly;
- Comfort: a nicely designed, simple and spacious interior, fine visibility from a driving position, logically arranged switches and buttons, cozy seats, good-looking upholstery, a good cabin storage;
- All modern conveniences including driver-assistance and safety tech suites;
- Good handleability: a choice of driving modes (Sport is especially satisfying), a firm ride, light steering but precise with changes of direction; variable regenerative braking paddles, a planted feel given by the underfloor battery, healthy 201 hp.
A thing which may be considered a disadvantage, is the short supply of batteries in South Korea (the car is produced here) possibly resulting in constrained deliveries, at least at first.