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Kia e-Niro Review 2021

In the fast-moving electric vehicle (EV) market, the Kia e-Niro certainly stands out from the crowd. 

As the first EV to win the What Car's Car of the Year award, this practical, comfortable, and economical family SUV makes for a popular lease choice with drivers looking for an electric car with a long-range – without breaking the bank. 

Rivals to the Kia e-Niro include the Citroen e-C4, MG ZS EV, Peugeot e-2008, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Soul EV. 

Our Kia e-Niro review covers:

Kia e-Niro Key Features

  • Futuristic exterior design with flashes of blue trim and unique alloy wheel design
  • Well-built, functional interior with soft-touch plastics and piano black trim
  • 451-litre boot with 60/40 split rear seats 
  • Two battery sizes (39kWh and 64kWh) with a range of up to 282 miles
  • Three trim levels, including 2, 3 and 4+ 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Despite being based on the Niro small SUV, it's easy to distinguish the e-Niro from its hybrid and PHEV siblings out on the road. Thanks to some design tweaks, including a filled-in front grille, which houses the charging port, flashes of blue trim near the daytime running lights, and unique alloy wheels, the e-Niro not only looks futuristic, but its striking exterior design also aids aerodynamics and efficiency. 

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The e-Niro's clever design continues inside with plenty of leg, head and shoulder room for driver and passengers and more cabin space than the Renault Zoe, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Peugeot e-2008. 

There's plenty of storage space, including a generous-sized glovebox, two cupholders between the front seats and a tray in front of the gear selector for your mobile phone and keys. 

At the rear, the e-Niro's respectable 451-litre boot is spacious enough to carry the weekly family shop or up to five carry-on suitcases, offering similar space to MG ZS EV, Peugeot e-2008 and Volkswagen ID.3.

The boot is a usefully square shape, with practically no load lip for easy loaded and enough under-floor storage to house the charging cables. The e-Niro's rear seats also split and fold in 60/40 ratio, increasing boot space up to 1,405 litres when folded, which is enough to load a bike. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the e-Niro's interior is similar to the standard Niro. While it's not as plush as the BMW i3, MX-30 and MINI Electric, its well-built, functional and boasts some nice touches, including leather, soft-touch plastics, and piano black trims. 

Entry-level models get an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, while higher-spec models get a 10.25-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, European mapping, DAB radio and Bluetooth.

There are three trim levels to choose from, including 2, 3 and 4+ models. 

Entry-level '2' cars come with privacy glass, LED daytime driving lights, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, a rear-view camera and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The mid-spec '3' version adds a larger 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way electrical adjustment for the driver's seat.

The range-topping '4+' trim includes heated rear seats, an upgraded JBL stereo and ambient interior lighting. 

Power and Performance

In terms of power, the e-Niro comes with a choice of two battery sizes, two power outputs and two range capabilities.  

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The entry-level 39kWh battery boasts a 134bhp electric motor for respectable performance figures and a decent range of 180 miles.

The 64kWh battery, however, is the pick of the bunch with its 201bhp electric motor and official range of 282 miles. 

Charging times vary from zero to 80% in 75 minutes with a 50kW fast charger for the 64kWh model. Charging from empty at home will take around 10 hours, but it will only cost you around £9, making it around £20 cheaper than fuelling a petrol car to cover the same distance. 

Out on the road, the e-Niro offers a quiet and comfortable ride. Around town, its quick acceleration and precise steering make it a breeze to nip in and out of busy city traffic. While it doesn't corner as sweetly as petrol and diesel counterparts, its body remains more upright through tighter turns than the e-2008.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Kia e-Niro start from £36,045.00 OTR* or to lease from £347.75 per month.

Thinking of going electric for 2021? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has some fantastic lease deals on the Kia e-Niro, which could be cheaper than buying outright with a bank loan or dealer finance. All our lease deals include road tax, breakdown cover, the full manufacturer's warranty and free mainland GB delivery. 

*'On the road' price is correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Kia Niro EV
Average Rating Based on 95 reviews
4.5 out of 5

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3.4 out of 5
Graham Kia Niro EV 150kW 4 64kWh Auto MY24

The battery performance (range) has reduced significantly since last summer. Kia says it is due to the cold weather but a reduction in range of 30% between summer and winter seems excessive. The vehicle is great to drive but the reduction in range is a major disadvantage.

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4.3 out of 5
John Kia Niro EV 150kW 4 64kWh Auto MY24

Good cabin design, and instrumentation, reliability , rear design a bit bland . Only reason i wouldn't lease again, is I like to change vehs often.

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4.9 out of 5
Roger Kia Niro EV 150kW 4 64kWh Auto MY24

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3.1 out of 5
Peter Kia Niro EV 150kW 4 64kWh Auto *Incl. Premium Paint*

Boot space poor and interior space at rear could be better

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4.9 out of 5
Andrew Kia Niro EV 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

Apart from "Zombie" problem with the software glitch and removing heat pump as stadard this is an improvement over the old model

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3.0 out of 5
Frederick Kia Niro EV 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

Kia electric is well speced and all technology is good but maybe too much and complicated menu process it is a hard drive and performance is very good and acceleration very good

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1.0 out of 5
Nicky Kia Niro EV 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

i had to send the car back as it had a maasive fault on it, it caused me no end of problems etc, if you would like to discuss this further please let me know.

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3.3 out of 5
Nathan Kia Niro EV 150kW 2 64kWh Auto MY23

I don't see this vehicle as great value for money, but I don't think that term exists anymore in anything you purchase.

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5.0 out of 5
John Kia Niro EV 150kW 2 64kWh Auto MY23

Fantastic car to drive

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4.7 out of 5
Lawrence Kia e-Niro 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

Vehicle is every thing we expected

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4.3 out of 5
Ambreen Kia e-Niro 150kW 2 Long Range 64kWh Auto

Amazing service, I like this vehicle. Would definitely recommend to use Natiowide services.

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4.6 out of 5
Paul Kia e-Niro 150kW 2 Long Range 64kWh Auto

Good drive, fuel efficiency - certainly does the 285 miles on a full charge. Good acceleration and response.

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4.6 out of 5
Stephen Kia Niro EV 150kW 2 Long Range 64kWh Auto

Tyres are appalling resulting in a harsh ride.

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2.3 out of 5
Luke Kia e-Niro 150kW 2 Long Range 64kWh Auto

Dislike that the vehicle is not up to a new car standard I.e scratches all over the car. Your customer service was poor at best. I will never lease a car from your company again

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4.6 out of 5
Colin Kia e-Niro 150kW 2 Long Range 64kWh Auto

At 11 months old the car 12 v battery went flat and therefore could not operate the vehicle in any way or open the doors remotely (emergency physical key had to be used). The AA (or possibly RAC) jump started the car and I was then able to operate and charge the vehicle. Looking at the web forums it occurs often and Kia's instant response was to those people was disconnect the dashcam when not driving. The whole point of a dashcam is to be asleep when not driving so as to register any accident impact when stationary. There needs to be some sort of 12 V battery charging when not being driven to avoid this happening. Additionally after the jump start and recharging using a home Podpoint, the Infotainment screen was blank and would not operate. I obtained permission from Lloyds Kia Morecambe, who were to service the vehicle, to disconnect the battery negative terminal and reconnect it. This cleared the blank screen problem. Performance is excellent and ideal for two people but short of boot space for 4 people with luggage / shopping etc.

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