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Kia e-Niro

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The Kia e-Niro is a fully electric small-ish SUV/crossover, based on the conventionally-powered Kia Niro model.

According to Kia’s official figures, the e-Niro is capable of covering 282 miles on a single charge. Based on independent research conducted by What Car? into the sister Hyundai Kona Electric model, this is likely to translate to a real-world driving figure of about 250 miles.

The Kia e-Niro has received consistently good to very good reviews from the UK motoring media and has won several awards. In fact, the electric e-Niro outscores the regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro by a whopping 22%.

The e-Niro has received particular praise for its comfort and practicality, but most of all for providing an electric car that would suit the needs of the vast majority of UK drivers. In fact, the only real criticism levelled at the car has been a lengthy waiting list, but Kia claims to have brought this under control in recent months.

Key specifications

Body style: Small-medium SUV/crossover
Power: electric
Price: From £34,995*

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: –
Replacement due: TBA

*price includes £3,000 government plug-in car grant

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Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The Kia e-Niro has not yet been awarded a safety rating by Euro NCAP.

The equivalent model in the regular Niro range was rated five stars in 2016 (top spec models include optional safety equipment), but the e-Niro’s electric motor and battery layout instead of a regular engine and fuel tank mean that the rating for the standard model does not automatically apply to the e-Niro.

If and when Euro NCAP tests the e-Niro, we will update this page accordingly.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Kia e-Niro has not yet been tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

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

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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