Kia e-Niro

 kia e-niro

E-NIRO ELECTRIC ESTATE SPECIAL EDITIONS - 150kW First Edition 64kWh 5dr Auto



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£35,845 

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The Kia e-Niro offers another spin on full-electric technology to buyers in the mid-sized Crossover segment. Jonathan Crouch reports.


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Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
E-NIRO ELECTRIC ESTATE SPECIAL EDITIONS
150kW First Edition 64kWh 5dr Auto
ELECTRIC
£35,845.00

Ten Second Review

Kia's full-electric e-Niro is now on offer with a choice of 39kWh or 64kWh battery packs. The larger-capacity variant offers nearly 300 miles of WLTP-rated battery-powered driving range and a progressive package that buyers prepared to consider paying around £35,000 for this kind of car will probably like. The full-electric part of the mid-sized Crossover segment is presently quite a small one, but you can bet it will quickly grow, and cars like this are the reason why.

Background

Kia hasn't set out to re-define the electric vehicle market with this e-Niro model, but it does want to try and further perfect what a car of this kind is capable of offering. We've already seen both hybrid and Plug-in hybrid versions of this Niro. Here Kia has completed its set of electrified powerplants with this full-electric version. It shares its engineering with Hyundai's Kona Electric, but is a little less overtly SUV than that car. Ready for a battery-powered vehicle yet? The tipping point is getting closer...

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes)
590
Battery Charge Type 1 kW
7.2
Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage
0-100
Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes)
75
Battery Charge Type 2 kW
50
Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage
0-80
Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes)
54
Battery Charge Type 3 kW
100
Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage
0-80
Coupler/Connector Type
Type 2
Battery Capacity in kWh
64
Battery Leased
False
Battery Type
Lithium-ion
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
11.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
14.9
WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
282
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
0
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
1 SPEED
CC
1
General
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
100000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
5
Generation Mark
1
Coin Series
First Edition
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
True
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
28A
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Badge Power
201
Badge Engine CC
1.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
40.3
Engine Power - BHP
201
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
0 to 62 mph (secs)
7.5
Top Speed
104
Engine Power - KW
150
Engine Power - RPM
3800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
291
Engine Torque - NM
395
Engine Torque - RPM
3600
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
WLTP
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Rear
215/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
215/55 R17
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4375
Width
1805
Height
1560
Height (including roof rails)
1570
Wheelbase
2700
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1812
Max. Roof Load
100
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1405
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
5.3
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
451
No. of Seats
5
Max. Loading Weight
418
Gross Vehicle Weight
2230
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Driving Experience

Let's talk WLTP-rated range. The base 39kWh version goes up to 180 miles between charges. For the 64kWh models, that figure rises to as much as 282 miles (or up to 382 miles on the WLTP City Cycle). Of course you won't get anything like that on the open road if you use the performance on offer. The 64kWh e-Niro is equipped with a long-distance battery pack paired with a 201bhp (150kW) motor, producing 395Nm of torque, enabling the car to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, this electric model is front-wheel drive. The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving this crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro should offer drivers a reasonable feeling of stability on winding roads. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high speed and immediate handling responses and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces. The e-Niro's regenerative brakes - 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear - exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

Design and Build

The exterior design of the e-Niro is punctuated by halogen headlights with Bi-Function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. Privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate deliver a more upmarket appearance. The unique 17-inch alloy wheels have been especially designed and optimised for the pure-electric e-Niro, and the roof rails give a rugged and lifestyle-orientated appearance, accentuating its crossover stance. The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly-ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode selector, parking sensors, and the Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console. The dashboard features bright blue trim around the air vents, echoing the trim highlights found on the outside of the car. Plus there's the company's latest 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment screemn with its UVO Connect Services media features. As for practicality, the rear seats handily fold down in a 60/40 fashion, with a luggage area load cover designed to hide items from prying eyes. There's a 451-litre boot that's bigger than most electric cars can offer.
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