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Kia e-Niro (2019 to 2022)

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Kia e-Niro (2019 to 2022)

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    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.

    No longer on sale, the e-Niro holds an Expert Rating of 85% based on 24 different reviews. In fact, the electric e-Niro outscored its hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro twin by a whopping 21%.

    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.

    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


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    The Kia e-Niro was not 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), 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


    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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    As of October 2022, 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 for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the e-Niro, we’ll publish the score here.

    Running cost rating

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    No data yet

    As of October 2023, 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 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)