The Kia Niro EV convinces with a reasonable ratio between price and performance

With the new Niro EV, Kia shows a clear edge and launches the second version of its family-friendly compact crossover with significantly more power. Having grown minimally to 4.42 meters, the Stromer still rests on the K platform of its predecessor.

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The fact that it still feels more airy is also due to the new front seats, which have become significantly slimmer. A circumstance that also pleases passengers in the second row, as their knees are no longer in danger of coming under pressure.

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Family friend: The luggage compartment of the new Niro EV has grown by 24 litres, and there is plenty of space in the back seat.

In addition, two USB charging ports in the side bolsters of the front seats provide power for the youngsters’ smartphones, while the rear seat backrest, which can be adjusted over three levels, guarantees a relaxed stay.

Travel comfortably in the Niro EV

The head of the family can also sit back and relax when it comes to luggage. Not only that the luggage compartment with 475 liters has grown by 24 liters compared to its predecessor, Niro can now take at least 750 kilos on the hook. If the rear seat backrest is made completely flat, there is 1392 liters of storage space in the flat loading area. The luggage compartment is released via a sensor-controlled tailgate, which opens with a loud beep when the key holder is in front.

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There is also – and this is also new – a 20 liter “Frunk” under the front hood. It is enough for small things or for the charging cable. The latter is in good hands there, because the standard three-phase built-in charger is located where the radiator grille is on internal combustion engines.

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WLTP vs. reality: Kia promises a range of 460 kilometers, in our test drives the Niro EV managed 100 kilometers less.


Kia does not achieve the WLTP series

Because the subject of travel is not far away when inviting, it should also be revealed at the same time regarding the range of the Niro EV. After WLTP measurement, the Koreans promise 460 kilometers, in city traffic it should even be 604 kilometers. Our test showed a range of 360 kilometers with a fully charged battery and an average consumption of 17.7 kWh.
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Charged: A column with an output of 80 kW fills the 64.8 kWh battery from 10 to 80 percent in about 45 minutes.

In this regard, you can drive fast on the autobahn at a speed of 140 km/h and drive from Hamburg to Potsdam (295 kilometers) without charging stops to roll to a charging station there with a remaining range of about 20 kilometers.

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A fast charger is recommended here, because the 64.8 kWh battery in the Niro EV (0.8 kWh more than the predecessor) can be charged with up to 80 kW direct current. So if you dock at the right station, you can fill the battery from 10 to 80 percent in just under 45 minutes.

Recovery gives noticeably more kilometers

There is praise for the intelligent recreation, which can be activated by pulling the left paddle shifter on the steering wheel. Here, the use of the brake pedal is almost completely eliminated, and the returned energy is actually noticeable in the range.

It would be nice if that navigation system of the Niro EV would be able to reliably show all charging stations on the route and would also be able to tell with certainty if a charging station was faulty or occupied. Otherwise, the possible preconditioning of the battery to an ideal 20 to 25 degrees makes no sense.

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Designed to be more comfortable: the steering of the Niro EV remains low in feedback – the sport mode does not change that either.

Like its predecessor, the EV is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that produces 204 hp. However, the engineers throttled the maximum torque from 395 to 255 Newton meters. It sounds bad, but the crossover suits it much better because it doesn’t tire the hooves when starting at traffic lights. The start is a little more restrained, but with 7.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, the 1.7 ton Kia still starts properly.

Sportiness is far from the Niro

If you want, you can drive on the Autobahn at a top speed of 167 km/h and see how the range is reduced in no time. Ultimately, the Niro EV is no sportier than its predecessor. On hilly country roads, it still seems a bit underdamped and jumps happily over the rear axle. The steering remains low in feedback, which even the sport mode cannot change in the long term. But since the Kia Niro EV values ​​comfort more anyway, it doesn’t really bother us.

Noise spoils the impression of quality

It’s a shame that it rattles and rattles from the mounts and rear area when driving over the cobblestones. This clouds the impression that the otherwise well-made Stromer gives, and somehow contradicts the pleasant atmosphere that the interior, which is made of recycled materials, exudes. Whether you get used to the greasy finger-sensitive door panels and the piano lacquer inlays in the center console probably depends on the owner’s willingness to clean.

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Not really whisper-quiet: There are sounds from the interior when you drive over the cobblestones.

All in all, the Kia Niro EV makes a modern and contemporary impression, which is also supported by the lavish range of assistance systems. With a price starting at 47,590 euros, the Korean has become a bit more expensive, but it already shines with a sumptuous standard equipment. Here it is also important to subtract the environmental bonus.

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Good sense of space on all seats, large luggage compartment, but sensitive surfaces.

No wheelspin thanks to torque reduction, spontaneous acceleration, sufficient tip.

Balanced chassis, somewhat harsh steering, underdamped in bad waves.

Intuitive multimedia device, Apple CarPlay via USB only, two smartphones can be connected via Bluetooth.

Valuable recycled materials for the interior, no CO2 emissions thanks to the electric drive.

Comfortable seats, almost no noise in the interior, reliable assistance systems.

7-year warranty including battery, high purchase price, manageable follow-up costs.

In that respect, Kia has clearly succeeded in offering a family-friendly electricity tariff. This is supported not only by a seven-year warranty (which also applies to the battery), but also by long service intervals every two years or after 30,000 kilometers.

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Kia Niro EV under test


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