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Kia e-Niro 64kWh with 282 mile range for £34,945

The Kia e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range, with a 64kWh battery offering a 282 mile range, is now available for less than £35,000, which means that it’s still eligible for the UK government plug-in car grant, which was recently reduced to £2,500 for cars costing less than £35,000.

Kia says that order books are now open for the e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range; offering 282 miles from a single charge (WLTP combined), this is more than any other sub-£35,000 battery electric vehicle. Customer deliveries are due to start in July.

The new variant features the same long-range 64kWh battery pack and high-power 150kW motor as higher-specification e-Niro models, while offering a £34,945 price (before applying any government grants).

The e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range is capable of travelling up to 282 miles on a single charge (WLTP combined), and up to 382 miles in city driving.

Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, reversing camera system and rear parking sensors, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Smart Key & Button Start. A battery heating system is also fitted, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The Kia e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range also offers the same large cabin and spacious boot as other e-Niro models, with space for five occupants and 451 litres of cargo capacity.

The e-Niro was the UK’s best-selling battery EV during the first two months of 2021, accounting for almost one in five of all nationwide EV sales up to the end of February.

All e-Niro models, including the new ‘2’ Long Range variant, allow owners to sign up to KiaCharge, a new UK-wide integrated public charging service. KiaCharge provides easier, comprehensive access to the UK public charging network for owners of the brand’s EV and PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) models. More than 15,000 charge points across the UK are accessible from a single account, including those from several major charging networks, including bp pulse, Pod Point, IONITY, Source London, Chargepoint, NewMotion, Char-gy, and ESB. Certain national and regional charging networks are also accessible via KiaCharge.

Read Green Car Guide’s Kia e-Niro review