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Why Lease The Niro EV?

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. 


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.  


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 £34,295.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request 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 45 reviews
4.6 out of 5

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Deborah Kia e-Niro 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

We are delighted with our Kia E-Niro. It is lovely to drive and the range is excellent.

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

Was a bit sceptical about having an electric car but I love it. Very responsive, quick and easy to drive. Easy to charge up. Space wise it’s very comfortable for leg room and the boot is a decent size too.

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3.9 out of 5
Douglas Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

Like the vehicle well made very efficient ref electric usage only major issue charging speed could be higher maximum speed 77kw always like to try different models hence would not have another but very impressive overall

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4.7 out of 5
Neal Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

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Richard Kia e-Niro 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

The vehicle is exactly what is required

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3.4 out of 5
Michael Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

Excellent car overall. Now a little outdated with regard to charging capacity.

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5.0 out of 5
Anthony Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

All of the above and the whole Electric vehicle experience.

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

THE CAR IS ALL GOOD NO REAL COMPLENTS

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Darran Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

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4.7 out of 5
James Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

Down side going long distances some of electric charge points don't work nothing wrong with car just charge points are poor.

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5.0 out of 5
Andrew Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

It is a great car. Once you go electric, it is very hard to enjoy a petrol/diesel engine car.

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4.9 out of 5
Stan Kia e-Niro 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

lovely car very smooth to drive, only problem is charging due to being electric need more charging points

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3.3 out of 5
Stan Kia e-Niro 150kW 3 64kWh Auto

I simply do not like an all electric vehicles. uncertainty about being able to charge it on long journeys.

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4.6 out of 5
Nicholas Kia e-Niro 150kW 4+ 64kWh Auto

Charging time is the only dislike I have, some Podpoint type 2 chargers will charge at up to 22kw. Very frustrating to connect to one of these chargers to find it will only charge my car at 11kw!

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5.0 out of 5
Richard Kia e-Niro 150kW 4 64kWh Auto *Incl. Premium Paint*

Brilliant except for the scheduled charging to charge off peak during the night which is far too complicated and only works about 10% of the time.

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