Actual cost and utility: Kia Niro EV Inspiration

Actual cost and utility: Kia Niro EV Inspiration

When it comes to leaving everyday life behind, Kia is heartbroken. Its powertrain comes largely from its predecessor. Only the battery received an additional 0.8 kWh. To extend the life of the front tires, the maximum torque was reduced from 395 m to 255 Newton. That takes the Kia a bit of a blast, but it’s not an emphasis when starting. He cracks his factory specs in the zero-hundredth race by two-tenths and feels anything but relaxed.

He just doesn’t want to be handled too much. The steering responds to tranig and does not allow through any road information. Instead, there is an extreme recovery time, but it is not worth fighting, because Kia does not have much more to offer apart from body roll, body movements and down. He remains safe, but also strict every day. It can convince with its comfortable chassis and talent to be the last to reach the charging station. And what about fuel and maintenance costs?

Our test application

Kia offers for that Niro EV Inspiration has a WLTP consumption of 16.2 kWh per 100 km. He departs from this value in everyday life. We determined an average consumption of 22.0 kWh, which results in electricity costs of 11.66 euros per 100 km. On the Eco cycle, the Kia used 18.1 kWh while on the passenger mode it used 21.3 kWh. If the Kia was moved in sport mode, consumption increased to 29.2 kWh. In November 2022, motor und sport calculated the total average price per kWh of charging now using an electric car in Germany: 52.96 cents (rounded 53).

Hans Dieter Seufert

Test consumption consists of 70% from the passenger cycle and 15% each Eco and Sport.

Monthly maintenance costs

If you drive resource-efficiently like we do on our eco-lap, electricity costs per 100 kilometers will be reduced to 9.59 euros. The violent trend results in a total of 15.48 euros. Car tax costs 0 euros per year for Kia, liability insurance is 445 euros. Partial and comprehensive insurance costs an additional 109 and 423 euros respectively. Monthly maintenance costs of 276 euros are paid by those who drive Kia 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage is doubled, the total increases to 489 euros. We leave the loss of value in this calculation.

Inspiration for the Kia Niro EV

Hans Dieter Seufert

The 47,590 euro Kia Niro EV inspiration comes with a utility check.

This is how it is tested

This is how auto motor und sport measures electricity consumption: 70% of passenger consumption: short trips of 21 km driven several times with 70% city and 30% suburban. 15% ecological consumption: an economically driven driving profile with maximum mileage and urban, rural and road sections. Road speed 130 km / h. 15% sports driver experience: Regular driving at 80% Vmax (maximum speed 160 km/h) with usage information from comparison car, country road and highway.

Monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, parts costs and vehicle taxes based on an assumed annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without depreciation. The basis of the calculation is the use of trials, a three-year holding period, class SF12 for liability and comprehensive insurance for Allianz including discounts for garages and restrictions for certain drivers (not less than 21 years old). At Allianz, SF12 offers a 34 percent discount on liability and 28 percent on comprehensive insurance.

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As long as I can afford it: yes. It is good if no one has been in the car before.

No, that’s too expensive for me. Only used cars have real prices.

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In car and sports test use, the Kia Niro EV drive of 47,590 euros ended up with an average value of 22.0 kWh per 100 km. This means that the electricity costs for this distance are 11.66 euros. Monthly maintenance costs are 276 euros (15,000 km per year) or 489 euros (30,000 km per year).

Technical specifications

Inspiration for the Kia Niro EV
base price €47,590
external dimensions 4420x1825x1570mm
trunk volume 475 to 1412L
high speed 167km/h
0-100km/h 7.6s
consumption 0.0kWh/100km
use of the test 22.0kWh/100km

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