The all-electric Kia Niro made a drive from Oxfordshire to Edinburgh and proved to be acceptable for long distance travels.
Behind the wheel of a Kia e-Niro (Kia Niro EV) with a 64-kWh battery, an Autocar editor with his family took the trip across the country to check how the chargers and the car’s driver assist systems worked. He described that ride in an article.
The driver had to ascertain the Niro’s adaptive cruise and lane keep controls operated well, and, аlong with refinement, made the trip relaxing. The chargers of Ecotricity (British energy company) met on the way all “did the job without a fight”.
The travelers left with a 24 hour charge from a domestic socket, a predicted range of 233 miles (375 km) and 6°C temperature outside. The Kia e-Niro covered 709 miles (1,141 km) in total. A predicted range at the finish was 77 miles (124 km).
As for expenses, they spent £42.60 on fast charging and around £10 on home charging at both ends. For comparison: refueling of the Ford Fiesta with a 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine costs £85, and around £130 in the BMW X5 with a 3.0-liter diesel.
So, the e-Niro provided a decent range and performance for a vehicle of such price level. The author concluded that in terms of desirability, running costs and capability, it could substitute a combustion engine equivalent over any distance.