You do not need to own a Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV or a Tesla Model X EV, to enjoy the benefits of zero-emission SUV driving. The Kia e-Niro electric SUV is a fantastic lower cost EV, perfect for families!
Kia Motors, the Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The company already markets the Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Niro Self Charging Hybrid, New Sportage 48-Volt Mild Hybrid, All-New Soul EV and the All-New Kia e-Niro electric SUV. Kia launched the all-electric e-Niro in 2018 at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea. The Kia Niro concept was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The e-Niro order book opened in the UK in January 2019.
The pure electric Kia e-Niro has achieved unprecedented success since its launch. The BEV SUV won the prestigious ‘2019 What Car? Car of the Year’ accolade, making it the first battery-electric car to win this award. The e-Niro also won the WhatCar? Car of the Year for 2020!
The e-Niro also won the Carwow ‘Eco Award’ at the 2019 Car of the Year award. Other awards won this year include the ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year’ at the Auto Express awards and ‘Game-Changer’ at the Autocar awards. In fact, given the unprecedented levels of interest in the Kia e-Niro First Edition, the initial production sold out within a month of its launch in April 2019.
The success of the Kia e-Niro is not surprising. Prices for the all-electric SUV start at £29,845 for the mid-range e-Niro ‘2’ (including the PiCG incentive). The long-range electric e-Niro ‘3’ is priced at £34,100 (including PiCG) and the long-range e-Niro ‘4’ is priced at £36,395 (including PiCG). The SUV fall into insurance group 20, 26 and 27 respectively.
The electric SUV is positioned as ‘affordable’ and relative to all-electric SUVs like the, Jaguar I-PACE (£65,195) and the Audi e-tron (£71,520), the e-Niro green SUV is certainly far more ‘price accessible’ for potential buyers on a budget.
But it is not only the attractive ‘acquisition cost’ that has fuelled the e-Niro success, but also the modest running costs. According to the car review website Parkers, the most efficient electric cars can travel three times the distance of their petrol or diesel rivals. The Kia e-Niro battery-electric vehicle (BEV) was on top of the list!
The EV has a winning formula: affordable pricing, long zero-emission range of 282 miles (e-Niro ‘3’ & ‘4’) and rapid charging. The e-Niro ‘2’ has a 180 miles range (WLTP).
All with a seven-year/ 100,000 miles warranty. The 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer EV battery can achieve a ‘city range’ of up to 382 miles (WLTP). AC charging at home at (7.2kW) will take 9 hours and 35 minutes to charge the EV battery from 0% to 100%. AC charging at 11.5kW (3-phase) will take up to 7 hours. DC fast charging at 50kW will take 1 hour 15 minutes to charge up to 80% and DC charging at 100kW will take 54 minutes to charge the battery up to 80%.
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The pure electric SUV is packed with technology to include, smart cruise control (SCC), smart regenerative braking, forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA), electronic parking brake, lane following assist (LFA) and wireless phone charging. The Kia e-Niro BEV is approved for the U.K. government plug-in car grant (PiCG).
This EV has been conceived for the ‘masses’ seeking to migrate to zero-emission electric driving without having to ‘mortgage the house’ or constantly fear ‘range anxiety’. In fact, the automotive manufacturer’s deliberately positioning the design of the electric car as ‘regular’ is part of its aim to make it an ‘easy’ and ‘familiar’ step to electric driving.
Moreover, the e-Niro will not disappoint families when it comes to luggage space. With the rear seats folded, the electric SUV has an impressive compartment capacity of 1,405 litres. With the rear seats upright, there is still ample room for a family weekend trip, with 451 litres capacity. There is no doubt, in that, given the increased affordability of the SUV, the increased driving range and the practical space, the e-Niro will enable more households to migrate to electric cars!
Battery And Range
- Battery capacity: 64 kWh
- Battery type: lithium-ion
- Range (WLTP): 282 miles (combined)
- Capable of DC fast charging: 100 kW (0% to 80% in 54 minutes)
Power & Performance
- 0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
- Top speed: 104 miles
- Brake horsepower: 201 bhp
- Torque: 395 Nm
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