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.