Kia is now offering the e-Niro in the UK with the 39 kWh battery and 100 kW engine, in addition to the 64 kWh (86bhp) and 150 kW (201bhp) versions available to date. The Hyundai Group carmaker is offering UK customers Kia e-Niro with options so that prices now start at under £30,000.
In order to make use of the current conditions for buying electric cars in the UK, just last week Hyundai announced delivery within days for UK customers who purchase an electric Hyundai model. Now the South Korean automotive giant’s subsidiary Kia is offering a cheaper model of the Kia e-Niro with more trim options.
Until now, the Kia e-Niro has only been offered in one high-spec trim level and with one battery option. Now, Kia has managed to drop the price of the e-Niro by using a smaller battery and offer an entry-level trim, 2. This has enabled the company to offer the emission-free vehicle for £29,595 after the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant (PiCG) has been deducted.
The new 39 kWh battery and 100 kW engine option for the Kia e-Niro is the same one used by the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. This gives the e-Niro a range of up to 180 miles (about 290 kilometres). With this option, Kia says that the e-Niro can do also up to 251 miles (about 403 kilometres) in slower city driving, but that the SUV styling of the Niro does make the range slightly lower than the Ioniq. This version can be recharged up to 80 per cent in just under an hour with a 100kW public charger. The 39kWh e-Niro takes 9.5 seconds to hit 0-62mph (100 km/h) on the way to a 96mph (about 154 km/h) top speed.
The new entry-level trim 2 still has a digital instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control, automatic air conditioning, among other features including an eight-inch touchscreen. The trim 3 options include extra standard equipment including heated seats, leather upholstery and a larger touchscreen with the top trim 4 includes things like a sliding sunroof and heated rear seats. What is new in this trim class is the three-phase 11kW AC charger.
What it might be pertinent to mention at this point, especially for those buying an electric car for the first time, Kia did score better than all other carmakers in the USA on the 34th annual version of the J.D. Power study. This gauges the performance of new vehicles in their first 90 days and here, Kia scored the best with the least number of initial faults, only equalled by Dodge who has not yet brought out any electric models.