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Kia e-Niro (2019 to 2022)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

68
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

86
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

68
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

86
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

-

Summary


The Kia e-Niro was a fully electric small-ish SUV/crossover, based on the regular Kia Niro model. It was launched in the UK in 2019, and was a very popular (and highly rated) small electric SUV throughout its production life until it was replaced by the second-generation Kia Niro EV in 2022.

According to Kia’s official figures, the e-Niro was capable of covering 282 miles on a single charge. Based on independent research conducted by What Car? into the sister Hyundai Kona Electric model (which used the same electric motor and battery), this translated to a real-world driving figure of about 250 miles.

The Kia e-Niro received consistently good to very good reviews from the UK motoring media and continued to win awards right through its production cycle despite challenges from newer rivals.

The e-Niro received particular praise for its comfort and practicality, but most of all for providing an electric car that suited the needs of the vast majority of UK drivers.

As of May 2024, the Kia e-Niro holds a Used Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 68%. It scores top marks for its sparkling media review scores and zero tailpipe emissions. The only caveat to this rating is that we don’t have a safety score, as the e-Niro was never tested by Euro NCAP, and we don’t yet have reliability data.

Key specifications


Body style: Small-medium SUV/crossover
Power: electric motor, battery-powered
Price when new: From £32,895

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replaced: Summer 2022


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Kia e-Niro was not awarded a safety rating by Euro NCAP during its production life.

The equivalent model in the regular Niro range was rated five stars in 2016 (top spec models include optional safety equipment), and the e-Niro carried all the same safety equipment as the regular Niro models. However, the e-Niro’s electric motor and battery layout – instead of a regular engine and fuel tank – meant that the rating for the standard model did not apply to the e-Niro.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Kia e-Niro was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the e-Niro would almost certainly have scored very highly in Green NCAP testing if it had ever taken place.

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of May 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Kia e-Niro to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the e-Niro, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

No data yet

As of May 2024, we don’t have independently verified data available for the Kia e-Niro. Check back again soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia e-Niro has received

2023

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Used Family Electric Car

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Used Family Electric Car
  • EV Fleet World Awards – Best EV Small SUV

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car for Long Journeys
  • Fleet World Awards – Best EV Small SUV
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Company Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Small SUV

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car over £35K
  • Company Car Today 100 Awards – Electric Car of the Year
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Zero Emission Car
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Electric Family SUV
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Medium Electric Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Affordable Electric Car of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Car of the Year + Best Electric Car
  • Northern Group of Motoring Writers’ Awards – Northern Car of the Year
  • carwow Awards – Eco Award

2018

  • DrivingElectric Awards – Electric Car of the Year + Best Compact Electric Car

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The Kia e-Niro was praised for its comfort and practicality, but most of all for being an electric car that meets the needs of most drivers.Kia e-Niro (2019 to 2022)