Fully electric e-niro joins hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of this eco-friendly SUV Price from £30,000 (est)
WHILE THE NUMBER of electric cars on sale in the UK is growing fast, there are still few that have a range nudging what you would expect from petrol and diesel models. The of cial 301 miles that the Kia e-niro can do between charges is therefore one of the most impressive gures yet – one that only the Hyundai Kona Electric (with which the Niro EV shares several key components) and much more expensive, premiumbadged models can match.
The fact that the e-niro uses the same 201bhp electric motor as the Kona Electric also makes it a very quick car – almost shockingly so. The rst time you put your foot down, you’re taken aback by just how urgent and rapid it feels, delivering its power more like a sports car than a Niro hybrid.
It’s almost at odds with the car’s ecofriendly brief but brings with it impressive driveability, allowing you to progress through traf c with con dence once you’ve learnt how light you need to be with your right foot to avoid spinning the front wheels.
The steering has a nice weight and consistency to it, too, but don’t expect a cushy ride; the e-niro tends to thump over bumps instead of isolating its occupants from them.
Rapid charging is done via a CCS plug (see p24), while it takes 54 minutes to get the battery to 80% if you use a fast charger and just over nine and a half hours on a standard charge.
Otherwise, though, there’s little discernible difference between the e-niro and its hybrid sister models, so inside you get a solid, if somewhat unspectacular, dashboard, plenty of space for ve adults and a good-sized boot. Indeed, there’s no loss in usable luggage space compared with other Niros.
Pricing will obviously be crucial to just how big a success the e-niro can be, but Kia is aiming for less than £30,000, undercutting the top-spec Kona Electric.
True, the Nissan Leaf can be had for £21,500 at the moment through What Car? New Car Buying, but you sacri ce a huge proportion of driving range with that car.
‘Put your foot down and you’re taken aback by how urgent the e-niro feels’
At 301 miles, the e-niro’s of cial range is longer than that of most other EVS