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KIA Niro ‘2’ 64kWh

KIA Niro ‘2’ 64kWh

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: KIA Niro '2' 64kWh
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Range (WLTP): 285 miles
KIA Niro ‘2’ 64kWh

Summary

The Niro is the sister car to the Hyundai Kona Electric so it is no surprise that there is a good deal of similarity between the two cars’ electric drivetrains, and that is a very good thing indeed because both models deliver excellent real world range.

The Niro delivers a solid 285 miles on the official test, but it remains the only electric car that we have ever driven which can comfortably exceed this. Having driven extensively both in the UK and in Korea, we can safely say that 300 miles is doable. When you aren’t focusing on efficiency, 230 – 250 miles is representative, which provides a good real world range.

If you plan to do most of your driving in the urban environment the news is even better with an official City range of 375 miles and an average UK daily mileage of 20 miles you would only need to charge up once every couple of weeks making the Niro super easy to live with.

Speaking of more practical considerations, KIA has eked out a bit more boot space as the Niro can now swallow a handy 475 litres. This is helped by a small increase in length but at 4,420 mm long it remains compact enough. In common with the KONA the KIA can use 100 kW Ultra-Rapid chargers which is good but is no longer class leading.

Where the Niro does stand out is the thought that has gone into the dashboard layout and ease of operation. Of particular note are buttons on the steering wheel to control driver modes and lane departure, which we would love every manufacturer to adopt, paddles behind the wheel to control regen settings, and digital buttons below the infotainment screen which are much easier to use than a touchscreen. Combined these features make the KIA much easier to interact with and eliminate the frustrations of lesser set ups.

The Niro combines good practicality with an impressive real world electric range, 100 kW charging capability and a sensible price. In introductory ‘2’ trim it misses out on some key EV kit including heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and inbuilt Sat Nav so you might want to look higher up the spec list if these features are important to you. Overall the Niro remains a very solid choice and the ease of operation thanks to dedicated buttons for key features is something that we hope all manufacturers emulate.

Read our full KIA Niro review

Estimated real world range: 230 – 300 miles
Official range: 285 miles
Official electricity consumption: 162 Wh/km
Battery pack: 64.8 kWh (gross) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 240v 27 hours 30 minutes; 7 kW charge approx 9 hours 25 minutes; 11 kW charge approx 6 hours 20 minutes; Rapid CCS 50 kW 1 hour 5 mins (0 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 100 kW 45 minutes (0 – 80%)

Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.

Specifications KIA Niro ‘2’ 64kWh

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: N/A
  • Fuel economy, urban: 375 miles
  • CO2 emissions: Officially 0 g/km. Estimated average UK grid electricity approx 34 g/km (285 mile range); 42 g/km (230 miles range); (300 mile range) 32 g/km
  • VED: £0 a year
  • Weight: 1,739 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 2%
  • Price: £37,295
  • Insurance group: 28
  • Power: 201 bhp
  • Max speed: 103 mph
  • 0-62mph: 7.8 seconds
  • Torque: 188 lb ft