The new Kia e-Niro does not attract much attention, but it seems to intend making a quiet revolution in the electric SUV market. InsideEVs journalists tested the new Kia all-electric crossover and revealed some interesting things.
The popularity of electric vehicles, especially crossovers, is growing. We constantly hear about the arrival of new e-models.
Recently the long-awaited Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron quattro have been presented. Will they be successful? The upcoming Niro EV helps to answer.
German SUVs, of course, are above the Niro in car hierarchy. But is the difference between them so obvious? The Kia’s crossover is small, but Mercedes and Audi vehicles turned out to be more compact than some expected.
Thanks to its 204-hp electric motor, the Kia e-Niro can accelerate to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. This is less than the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron quattro with their 5.1 and 6.4 seconds, respectively. But what remains of the battery charge, if you ‘put pressure on the full’?
The new Kia e-Niro with a more powerful 64 kWh battery is capable of providing 385-km electric driving range. The first tests show that this figure can even be 20 km more. The electric Mercedes and Audi SUVs are capable to go 400 km.
The most interesting thing is the price. German models will start from about $90,000. The 2019 Kia e-Niro cost has not been announced yet. It goes on sale later this year. The estimated starting price is from $30,000.