Kia Niro EV: daily test – How To Cars

Kia Niro EV: daily test – How To Cars

The average driver drives 12,000 kilometers a year, 1,000 a month, 250 a week.

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It is only here that Andi tests extreme riders, 60,000 to 70,000 kilometers a year, sometimes 1000 a day. And what about waiting 45 minutes at a charging station? Let’s sum it up: Those familiar with the Kia EV6 will be impatient with the Niro EV.

This is where the Kia compact comes in: The Niro EV is 4.42 meters long and offers enough space for five passengers.

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Short 4.42 meters: Kia Niro EV is short and practical

Kia Niro, this practical and spacious box of 4.42 meters with a good trunk and plenty of space in the back, there are three. As a plug-in and plug-in hybrid and as an EV. Then he wants to connect, charge the battery of 64.8 kWh and 11 kW at home to 100 percent in six and a half hours. And that’s where charging usually is, cheaper than when you’re on the go.

Kia Niro EV

Action box: With its shape, the Niro does not want to look powerful at all. But welcome: 475 kg fits in the trunk

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Now I have 400 km ahead of me with the E-Niro and sure: enter! Although I used a Kia before in city traffic with less than 16 kWh, which is a high value.

long run? It works, but it’s not designed for it

But now, with a road speed of 120 to 130, there are 18 in front of the decimal point. It’s still good, but the juice won’t do. So after 220 kilometers pee break and in a row. It delivers 150 kW and thus double the power the Niro can absorb.

Now it charges with 39 kW because the battery still has 41 percent, so I could drive the car at a 50 kW station nearby. After 15 minutes, nine percent is on it, I drive in Eco mode, I arrive after 400 kilometers with ten percent left. And think: 1000 kilometers with Niro in one day? It works, but it’s not designed for it!

Niro prefers payment at home

Yes, then for what? You guessed it: for average drivers with a wall box who go on holiday once or twice a year and then have to take two 45-minute breaks. Since the Niro makes sense.

Kia Niro EV

Everyone is equal in the 11 kW range: Here the Niro charges its 64.8 kWh battery in six and a half hours.

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It also makes sense that they install the same fast and good multimedia as all new Kias, which they’ve toned down for efficiency and not for sport. Because its main function is to save energy.

Priced at 47,590 euros, the Niro EV is very close to the EV6

But we also need to talk about money. Niro EV costs 47,590 euros in the only equipment available “Inspiration”, which stands for the full cabin.

Kia Niro EV

Command center: XXL screen theme as in all new Kia. Voice control listens to every word and responds with lightning speed

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If you order the heat pump, the assistants, the electronic seats and the audio package, you will end up with 53,540 euros. That’s right, for that price there would also be a 229 hp EV6 with a 77.4 kWh battery. It is free with 72 kW at its peak, but with 230 kW. Why isn’t the Niro EV available in a base version without the chichi?

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Travel: High discipline! Up to 400 km, consumption of only 17 kWh. Score: 4 out of 5
Purchase: At 4.42 meters it is big enough, but suitable for the city. Score: 4 out of 5
Transportation: Please don’t! The plastic back is prone to scratches. Score: 2 out of 5
Holidays: Charging speed of only 72 kW, you stand in line for 45 minutes. Points: 1 out of 5
Hobbies: Rear seats fold down twice, towing capacity 750 kg. OK. Score: 3 out of 5
family life: The fifth room, the main trunk, is well done. Score: 4 out of 5

In short

What will the neighbors say if I drive? Again E! I fell in love with the Kia EV6 recently.
Why should I recommend a car to my best friend? Because this box is practical and tough with electricity.
What do I remember? Best audio control for fast multimedia. Unfortunately also long loading breaks.

Specifications and Price: Kia Niro EV Inspiration

Performance 150 kW (204 hp)
battery capacity 64.8kWh
L/W/H 4420/1825/1585mm
trunk 475-1392l
0-100km/h 7.8s
Up 167km/h
Consumption (WLTP) 16.2kWh/100km
Price from 47,590 euros