The e-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 e-Niro delivers an impressive 282 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. We have achieved 325 miles at an average of 55 mph and 317 miles at an average of 60 mph making the e-Niro a star performer.
If you plan to do most of your driving in the urban environment the news is even better with an official City range of 382 miles and an average UK daily mileage of 20 miles you would only need to charge up once every couple of weeks making the e-Niro super easy to live with.
Speaking of more practical considerations the KIA steals a march over the KONA by providing a bigger boot. The e-Niro can swallow a handy 451 litres compared to 332 litres in the Hyundai. This is helped by the KIA being 195 mm longer but at 4,375 mm in length it remains compact enough. In common with the KONA the KIA can use 100 kW Ultra-Rapid chargers which means the e-Niro will get back on the road quicker than rivals.
The e-Niro combines good practicality with a very impressive electric range, 100 kW charging capability and a very sensible price. And that is why we think it is one of the most important electric cars on sale today.
Estimated real world range: 250 – 320 miles
Official range: 282 miles
Official electricity consumption: 149 Wh/km
Battery pack: 64 kWh (gross) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 240v 29 hours; 7 kW charge approx 9 hours 50 minutes; Rapid CCS 50 kW 1 hour 15 mins (0 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 100 kW 54 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.