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Kia e-Niro

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Summary


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 continues to win awards despite challenges from newer rivals.

As of April 2022, the e-Niro has an Expert Rating of 85%. In fact, the electric e-Niro outscores the regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro by a whopping 21%.

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.

An all-new Kia Niro range, including a replacement for the e-Niro, was unveiled in November 2021. It is expected to arrive in the UK in the second half of 2022.

Key specifications


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

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: Autumn 2022


Media reviews


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

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


No safety rating

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


No eco rating

The Kia e-Niro has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP, and only a few cars have do far been assessed.

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 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Awards


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

2022

  • 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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Kia e-NiroThe e-Niro has been praised for its comfort and practicality, but most of all for proving an electric car can meet the needs of most drivers.