With a Tesla-like range for a not-so-Tesla-like price, the Kia e-Niro is packed with tech, and its stylish compact SUV design means it can fit your entire family and your luggage and still have room to spare.
You may not know this, but Kia produced its first EV way back in the 80s, and over the past four decades has been refining its tech to the point where it’s a serious contender. While Kia may not have the noise behind it like other brands, its vehicles are affordable, reliable, and highly functional. So, if you’re looking to make that switch to electric but you’re not sure where to start, the Kia e-Niro should be a real consideration.
Try the Kia e-Niro on an elmo subscription
If you’re looking for bang for your buck (well, pound) then you can’t really go wrong with the Kia e-Niro. While they’re great value, with prices starting from £37,295 for the e-Niro 2, the hefty upfront costs can still prevent many drivers from making the switch to electric.
Here at elmo, we offer electric car subscriptions, which give more drivers the opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits of driving an EV. With a subscription, all you’ll pay is one monthly cost, which includes everything you need to drive your very own Kia e-Niro:
- A fully flexible contract after the first 60 days on elmoFlex
- Your Kia e-Niro electric car hire
- Fully comprehensive insurance
- Maintenance and servicing
- Breakdown cover
No large upfront costs, no hidden fees, and no restrictive multi-year contracts with expensive break clauses. Once you’ve booked you’ll be verified within 24 hours, then in just seven days (subject to availability) your brand new Kia e-Niro will be delivered straight to your door. What could be more simple (or affordable) than that?
Kia e-Niro trim versions
The Kia e-Niro (in late 22, it was renamed the Kia Niro EV) comes in three trim line ups:
1. Kia e-Niro 2
2. Kia e-Niro 3
3. Kia e-Niro 4+
All trims now have a 64 kWh battery pack, can do 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds and have a real world range of 230 miles. Earlier e-Niro all-electric versions were offered with a smaller battery pack (34kWh) before the Long Range model was introduced. The main differences between the three trims are the creature comforts and features. Read on to find out more about the differences.
Kia e-Niro range and charging
With 230 miles of real-world range, the e-Niro allows you to enjoy driving without having to worry about where you might find the nearest charging station. That means, even if you spend a lot of time on the road, the e-Niro can proudly stand alongside some of the industry’s heavy hitters like Tesla and Polestar – BUT for a much more reasonable price.
When the time does come to charge your EV, the e-Niro has Type 2 and CCS 2 connectors, allowing for rapid charging. When using a rate below 22kW it will take between 8-24 hours to charge to 100%. However, if using a rapid charger you can expect to charge the battery from 20 to 80% in less than an hour.
Charging your EV from home is more convenient if you have a charge point installed, but with the ever-growing number of public charging stations – plus the e-Niro’s impressive range – it’s not a necessity.
Kia e-Niro interior
The interior of the e-Niro focuses on function over luxury, but thanks to it being a mid-sized SUV it still provides plenty of room. Whether you’re in the front or the back it ensures a comfortable ride, and it probably offers the best price-to-comfort ratio for any similarly-priced competitors.
Depending on the level of tech and functionality you’re looking for, the Kia e-Niro 2, 3 and 4 each have an assortment of additions, to name a few:
Kia e-Niro exterior
From the outside, the Kia e-Niro is rather unassuming, but upon closer inspection, it reveals enough surprises to ensure a smooth and safe ride. You’ll find automatic headlight control, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, rain-sensing front wipers, to name just a few.
Kia e-Niro key features
The e-Niro is a no-nonsense, all-around great EV that also doesn’t shy away from fantastic driver-assisting features. It might not have the super-low price tag of a Citroën ë-C4, but its functionality makes it great value for money.
- Offers exceptional efficiency, and the data you see on the dashboard is often pinpoint accurate
- It uses every inch of its mid-sized SUV design to provide plenty of room
- Plenty of storage options so you can keep everything tidy and within easy reach
Lease vs subscription
Excited to drive a Kia e-Niro but not sure that buying is the right option for you? Leasing and subscribing offer more flexibility, with some key differences between them that may mean one suits your circumstances more than the other.
Kia e-Niro 2 Long Range
Kia e-Niro 2 Long Range
- Upfront payment
- Minimum commitment
- Total monthly cost
- Vehicle monthly payment
- Upfront payment**
- Breakdown cover
- Vehicle Excise Duty
- 24 months
- 60 days
* Compared against leading lease deals at 10,000 miles a year.
** Split monthly over 24 months.
*** Lease vs elmo comparison guideline only. May vary depending on model.
We’ve produced a complete guide to leasing vs subscribing which goes into detail about the advantages and disadvantages of both options.
Is the Kia e-Niro suitable for you?
If you’re keen on a wide range of tech, solid functionality and performance, and the power and space of an SUV, the Kia e-Niro should steer you (ha – driving pun) in the right direction.
While not carrying the weight of an EV powerhouse like a Model 3 or a Polestar 2 does, the e-Niro has Kia’s thirty-plus years of experience behind it. That means, it has great range, great tech and a smooth, comfortable ride – not bad when you consider it’s much cheaper, too.
If you’re looking to make the switch to electric, the Kia e-Niro is a great place to start. If you’re sold on an EV subscription but not quite sure which make or model to go for, browse our range of electric cars today.
Kia e-Niro FAQs
How long does it take to charge a Kia e-Niro?
When charging using a rate of 22kW or less, it’ll take between 8 and 24 hours to charge the Kia e-Niro’s battery to 100%. When using a rapid charger it’s considerably quicker, and the battery will charge from 20 to 80% in around an hour.
How expensive is it to charge a Kia e-Niro?
Depending on your rates, you could expect to pay around £16-20 when charging your e-Niro at home. You’ll likely pay a similar amount using a public charge point, too.
Does Kia e-Niro have a heat pump?
Yes, the e-Niro does include a heat pump for the 4+ version, which is a more energy-efficient way of heating the car and doesn’t have a major impact on the range.
Is a charging cable included with the Kia e-Niro?
Yes, the Kia e-Niro usually comes with three-pin to Type 2 and Type 2 to Type 2 cables.
Does the Kia e-Niro have four-wheel drive?
The Kia e-Niro is front-wheel drive, however, has great torque that ensures solid grip in wet conditions.