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KIA E-NIRO ELECTRIC ESTATE

150kW 3 64kWh 5dr Auto

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Review

The Kia e-Niro offers another spin on full-electric technology to buyers in the mid-sized Crossover segment. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Kia hasn't set out to re-define the electric vehicle market with this e-Niro model, but it does want to try and further perfect what a car of this kind is capable of offering. We've already seen both hybrid and Plug-in hybrid versions of this Niro. Here Kia has completed its set of electrified powerplants with this full-electric version. It shares its engineering with Hyundai's Kona Electric, but is a little less overtly SUV than that car. Ready for a battery-powered vehicle yet? The tipping point is getting closer...

Driving Experience

Let's talk WLTP-rated range. The base 39kWh version goes up to 180 miles between charges. For the 64kWh models, that figure rises to as much as 282 miles (or up to 382 miles on the WLTP City Cycle). Of course you won't get anything like that on the open road if you use the performance on offer. The 64kWh e-Niro is equipped with a long-distance battery pack paired with a 201bhp (150kW) motor, producing 395Nm of torque, enabling the car to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, this electric model is front-wheel drive. The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving this crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro should offer drivers a reasonable feeling of stability on winding roads. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high speed and immediate handling responses and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces. The e-Niro's regenerative brakes - 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear - exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

Design and Build

The exterior design of the e-Niro is punctuated by halogen headlights with Bi-Function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. Privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate deliver a more upmarket appearance. The unique 17-inch alloy wheels have been especially designed and optimised for the pure-electric e-Niro, and the roof rails give a rugged and lifestyle-orientated appearance, accentuating its crossover stance. The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly-ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode selector, parking sensors, and the Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console. The dashboard features bright blue trim around the air vents, echoing the trim highlights found on the outside of the car. Plus there's the company's latest 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with its UVO Connect Services media features. As for practicality, the rear seats handily fold down in a 60/40 fashion, with a luggage area load cover designed to hide items from prying eyes. There's a 451-litre boot that's bigger than most electric cars can offer.

Market and Model

Kia is now offering this car in three trim levels -'2', '3' and '4+'. Prices following subtraction of the £2,500 grant (available to EVs under £35,000) start from just over £30,000 for the 39kWh base '2'-spec model - or from around £32,500 if you want the 'long range' '2'-spec 64kWh version. The 64kWh variant is also offered in plusher '3' and '4+'-spec levels, but these don't qualify for the government grant, so price much higher at, respectively, from around £37,000 and around £39,500. It all means that you're probably going to select a '2'-spec model - and even at this level in the range, you get most of what you'll need in terms of standard kit. Highlights include its 8.0-inch touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, a reversing camera system and rear parking sensors, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Smart Key & Button Start. A battery heating system is also fitted, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures. If you can stretch further up the line-up, you'll find that the top '4+' version certainly comes fully kitted out. Convenience features include the brand's latest 10.25-inch centre-dash screen which allows access to an 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is provided for music aficionados, and a wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones. Across the e-Niro range, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn't reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle's position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally.

Cost of Ownership

As previously mentioned, the e-Niro is equipped with a choice of lithium-ion polymer battery packs offering either 39kWh or 64kWh capacities. On the WLTP combined cycle, the 64kWh variant provides a driving range of 282 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions. Regenerative braking technology allows this Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while the Eco Driving Assistant System provides drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently. This set-up includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise vehicle range by suggesting when to coast or brake. CGC alerts drivers as to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing the battery to regenerate under engine deceleration. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, the system alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster as well as an unobtrusive audible warning. As with all Kias, this Niro is covered by a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty that's longer than any other car in the same class. This includes the battery and all of the parts that make up the electric power system.

Summary

The e-Niro shows just how far along the Kia/Hyundai Korean conglomerate is with its electric technology. Here, all the battery engineering has been incorporated in a way that doesn't extract too many compromises in cabin space. And most commentators are agreed that the driving dynamics are better than you'd normally expect from an electric car too. Would you have it over the mechanically identical Hyundai Kona Electric? The bigger boot could well sway undecided buyers in the Niro's direction. And if you were thinking of a plusher-specced Nissan LEAF, you'd also do well to factor in this contender to your battery motoring deliberations. In short, it ticks a lot of boxes.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed104mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25" Touch screen satellite navigation with european mapping and traffic messaging channel
  • 7" full supervision cluster with TFT colour display
  • Adaptive smart cruise control function (SCC) with stop and go
  • Apple car play/Android Auto with voice control
  • Charging indicator on dashboard
  • Digital clock
  • Driver attention warning
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward collision avoidance assist
  • Kia connected services featuring TomTom live
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Lane keep assist
  • Motor driven power steering
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Speed limiter
  • Telematics system with UVO connect services
  • Trip computer with distance/fuel consumption/average speed
  • Wireless Smartphone charger

Entertainment

  • 'Shark fin' mobile antenna
  • 6 speakers
  • Bluetooth with music streaming
  • DAB Radio with MP3
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB connection located in centre console
  • USB port

Exterior Features

  • All round electric windows with drivers and front passenger auto up/down function
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic defog system
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Black side sills
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured/high gloss door mirrors
  • Chrome beltline mouldings
  • Chrome door handles
  • Driver's side wide angle mirror
  • Electrically folding/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED indicators
  • Front fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Manual headlight levelling
  • Matt black radiator grille
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
  • Projector headlamps
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof rails
  • Solar glass
  • Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
  • Wheel arch mouldings

Interior Features

  • 3 x passenger assist grips
  • 60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
  • 8 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • All-round height adjustable headrests
  • Aluminium door scuff plates
  • Centre console storage box
  • Centre room lamp
  • Door armrest in leather
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Front passenger seatback pockets
  • Front seatback pocket
  • Front/rear centre armrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • High gloss black lower console trim
  • High gloss black steering wheel trim
  • Interior door lock/unlock function
  • ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Luggage net hooks
  • Overhead console lamp with sunglasses case
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Rear armrests with cupholder
  • Satin finish inner door handles
  • Shift by wire SBW
  • Single zone automatic air conditioning
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Under floor storage box
  • Ventiliation ducts to rear compartment

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • ABS
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Electronic stability control
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Regenerative braking level controlled by paddle shift mounted on steering wheel
  • Traction control
  • Twin curtain airbags with roll over sensor
  • Twin front and side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system and engine immobiliser
  • Deadlocks
  • Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Visible vehicle identification number

Technical

  • Battery heating system

Trim

  • High gloss black centre fascia
  • High gloss black door inserts

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Tyre mobility kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    64
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    1740
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    7.2
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    575
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    75
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    54
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    11.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    5.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.9
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    615
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    454
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    382
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    282

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    201
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    3
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    201
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    291
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.3
  • Engine Torque - NM
    395
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3600
  • Top Speed
    104

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1560
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1570
  • Length
    4375
  • Wheelbase
    2700
  • Width
    1805
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2230
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1405
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    451
  • Max. Loading Weight
    418
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1812
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

Jen Lamplough

"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

"a week ago"

Sonia Smyth

Sonia Smyth

"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

"a week ago"

Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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