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13:20  10 january  2019
13:20  10 january  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

New Kia e-Niro electric car prices and specs revealed

New Kia e-Niro electric car prices and specs revealed The new Kia e-Niro electric vehicle will launch in a single high-spec variant and it will go on sale in the UK in April 2019 The post New Kia e-Niro electric car prices and specs revealed appeared first on Motoring Research.

The new Kia e - Niro brings a 282-mile range to the family electric car sector at a price families can afford. Is it the latest EV gamechanger? The firm is very excited by it, and says it simply won’t be able to meet expected demand when it goes on sale in April 2019 . Why the excitement?

The new Kia e - Niro electric vehicle will launch in a single high-spec variant and it will go on sale in the UK in April 2019 The post New Kia e - Niro electric car prices and specs revealed appeared first on Motoring Research. The new Kia e - Niro brings a 282-mile range to the family electric car sector at

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro first drive review

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Earlier this year, we were seriously impressed by the new Nissan Leaf. The original mainstream electric car had, in second-generation guise, moved the game on again. Those seeking a (relatively) affordable EV need look no further.

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The 2019 Kia Niro EV joins a growing class that demonstrates how good zero emissions can be without the angst of straying far away from an electrical outlet. Thus, the Niro EV could fit your needs perfectly. Happily, the Kia Niro EV offers more space for passengers and cargo. The range is better

The 2019 Kia Niro EV might be it, says Dan Neil. But there’s a catch: This desirable auto will be tough to get your hands on. Regular readers may know that I’ve been putting off replacing the Odyssey with our family ’s first electric vehicle.

But it’s a sign of how quickly the electric car market is developing that the new Leaf has already been outsmarted by a brand-new electric car from Kia: the e-Niro. The firm is very excited by it, and says it simply won’t be able to meet expected demand when it goes on sale in April 2019.

Why the excitement? Because, unlike the now-meagre 40kWh battery pack in the Leaf, it offers a far greater capacity of 64kWh. The range improves accordingly: in latest-era WLTP testing, the Leaf achieves 168 miles. The e-Niro can cover 282 miles. That’s a vast, 114-mile advantage.

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

Of course, it costs more – adding capacity to batteries is expensive – but it’s not as pricey as you’d think. After the Plug-in Car Grant, the Leaf costs from £26,190, or £29,390 in top-spec guise. Kia’s only selling the e-Niro in range-topping First Edition form – for (post-grant) £32,995.

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The Niro EV , like other electric vehicles, has repurposed the paddle shifters as regenerative brake All that energy goes back to the Niro 's 64kWh battery pack. With it, the vehicle is rated at a range of up to 239 Overall, the Kia Niro is an outstanding electric crossover that surpasses its internal combustion

For early adopters, more range is more important than paying less. Kia already has an enormous advantage here. And, as we’ll see, it’s not the only area in which the e-Niro betters the Leaf.

First impressions

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

The Kia Niro has been on sale for a couple of years, first as a hybrid and later as a plug-in hybrid. The e-Niro is the third electrified version – making it the only crossover SUV on sale with three choices of alternative fuel power.

It sits neatly between the Ceed family hatch and the Sportage SUV. Length of 4,375mm makes it 115mm shorter than a Leaf, but it’s wider and taller. It’s visually squarer too, a more space-efficient shape than the angular Leaf, with contours on the sides taking the edge off its boxiness.

You can tell an e-Niro apart from a regular Niro because the electric version has new front and rear bumpers. The front end has lots of blue accents and ‘arrowhead’ daytime running LEDs. It also has a closed-off grille, into which the charge socket is integrated. Polished 17-inch alloys are standard.

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The 2019 Kia Niro EV Is a Spectacular Entry-Level Electric. With big range , practicality, and sophistication, it's an impressively thorough engineering effort from an unheralded source. Specifications. 2019 Kia Niro EV . VEHICLE TYPE front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door

The 2019 Kia e - Niro (Niro EV ) has an official WLTP range of 455 km (282 miles) for the long- range model. KIA e - Niro or Niro EV has a claimed electric range of 450 km. I'm putting this claim to the test and driving it 420 km from Warsaw in central Poland to Zakopane ski resort in the Tatra Mountains.

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

Kia is offering it in five colours in the UK, including a unique-to-e-Niro shade called Pluto Brown.

The e-Niro isn’t as standout as the hugely popular Sportage, but it should appeal to families who want something less obviously ‘different’. It’s an electric car that doesn’t shout about being one. For some, this will fit the bill perfectly, even if others might think it a bit bland-looking.

Inside the Kia e-Niro

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

The raised crossover stance is realised inside, with a higher seating position than a normal family hatchback. It’s almost as raised-up as an SUV, which most people will love. And it’s a big contrast to the lower-slung Leaf.

The e-Niro is also considerably roomier inside than the Nissan. Where the Leaf can feel a bit cramped, the Kia is very light and airy, with lots of space in the front and a roomy rear. Windows are big, the view out is clear and the open-plan dashboard sitting below a wide, deep windscreen means it doesn’t feel claustrophobic.

Only a slightly high rear floor compromises back-seat comfort (it’s higher than a normal Niro to squeeze in all the batteries). There’s not enough space to get big feet under the front seats, so passengers might feel a little perched, although there’s lots of kneeroom and actually more headroom than in a Sportage.

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2019 Kia Niro EV Permanent magnet synchronous motor 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack 201 horsepower combined 291 lb-ft torque combined EPA city/highway fuel economy: 123/102 MPGe Range on a full electric charge: 239 miles. How Much Does the 2019 Kia Niro Cost?

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2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

Kia has worked out there’s a full 63mm more legroom in the back than a Leaf. The boot is similarly commodious, at 451 litres. The average for the family hatch sector is around 370 litres.

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

Up front is a rather plain but well-built dashboard, with plenty of soft-touch plastics and little hint of shiny cheapness. The instrument pack is easy to read – remaining range is displayed in big numerals in the left-hand dial – and the touchscreen infotainment is standard Kia fare (although a bigger screen would be nice).

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

Seats are firm and comfortable, and offer a tremendous range of fore and aft adjustment. A huge amount of oddment stowage sits between them; Kia has fitted a ‘wireless’ gearshift dial, and used the space to fit a shelf at the bottom of the centre console, which also includes a wireless smartphone charger. This compensates for door bins that are a little narrow.

Driving the Kia e-Niro

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

The e-Niro is more than just a regular Niro with the engine swapped out. Kia has made lots of engineering changes, largely to deliver the extra refinement expected of an electric car. They include new soundproofing, new carpets, more under-floor isolation, a battery pack suspended on rubber mounts and changes to both front and rear suspension.

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When you drive away, the uncanny silence of an electric car is plentifully evident. It really does glide, with just the faint chime of the audible low-speed warning device for pedestrians and, as you accelerate, the smooth whirr of the electric motor. As speeds rise, so do wind and road noise but, other than the occasional grumble over certain road surfaces, the e-Niro keeps its refined manners.

Other sources of noise are filtered out, too. It doesn’t crash or bang over bumps, for example. The ride itself is also smooth and supple, aided by its considerable weight (almost 1,800kg). This does mean handling is a bit soft and squidgy, with a fair amount of roll, but robust, high-end suspension still gives it a sense of integrity. Just don’t expect it to handle like a hot hatch.

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

It all makes for a clean and sophisticated-feeling drive, which is reinforced by superb performance from the electric motor. The instant, seamless, single-gear acceleration of electric cars is always appealing, but this feels particularly confident, because it has so much power.

A 204hp output is warm hatch territory, backed up by a huge 292lb ft of pulling power – it has the muscle of a punchy diesel but none of the noise. Zero to 62mph in 7.8 seconds is quicker than all but the highest-performance family-sized SUVs.

Indeed, so much surge does it have, it’s easy to get the front wheels squealing on twisting roads. Pressing the accelerator can give a sudden slip, before it’s reigned in by the traction control. Be liberal with such power and it can lurch a bit, too. It will be interesting to see what the e-Niro is like in the rain, but we can’t see many electric car owners complaining that their car has too much power. You soon learn to be easier on the accelerator pedal.

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2019 Kia Niro EV First Drive Review | How to have fun in a practical EV . You can stop waiting for EVs to get better before buying one. The Niro EV offers four levels of regen feel, selectable from the paddles on the back of the steering wheel. The settings range from free coasting to nearly enough

KBB recently drove this 2019 Kia Niro EV , which goes on sale soon in 12 U.S. states and has an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles. That Niro EV ’s liquid-cooled battery pack — mounted low and flat in the chassis, between the front and rear axles — is huge, so large that one Kia engineer likened it to a

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

There are two paddles behind the steering wheel, which can be used to alter the amount of electric energy regenerated when you lift off the accelerator. This can be stepped up and down between four levels; with practice, you can use the paddles instead of the brake pedal. Holding down the left hand pedal adds further battery regeneration and braking power, and can even bring the car to a compete standstill – it’s a really neat feature.

The regen mode can also be set to ‘auto’, which uses a forward facing camera to vary regeneration in traffic. As the car slows down, the e-Niro will slow too, again creating electricity to store in the battery. This happens automatically, and is extremely clever indeed. You almost never need to use the brakes, even in varying traffic.

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

In reality, having a claimed range of 282 miles means the e-Niro can be driven without anxiety. Our test route took us into the mountains around Nice, which we looped twice, at high speed, and still we had more than half our range still remaining. We didn’t give it a second thought, despite hours behind the wheel. The Kia e-Niro makes range anxiety in affordable electric cars a thing of the past.

Verdict: 2019 Kia e-Niro

2019 Kia e-Niro review: the family EV that banishes range anxiety © Kia 2019 Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro is another seriously impressive electric car. It has an enormous range, will be able to use 100kW fast chargers for top-ups in less than an hour, and is also very roomy and practical. It is, even by electric car standards, extremely refined, too.

While it’s neat and tidy to drive, with lots of ride comfort, the handling isn’t as crisp as it could be – although we don’t expect this to be a big issue. The somewhat bland and boxy looks, paired with a solid but plain interior, are a slightly bigger issue, particularly as it will be sitting in showrooms alongside such a visually appealing car as the latest Sportage.

In truth, the Kia e-Niro’s biggest problem could be simply availability. Kia may only get around 1,000 cars a year to sell, which is likely to leave some frustrated. It’s an electric car ready for full-on family use… but families may have a fight to get hold of one.

It’s the best ‘everyman’ electric car we’ve yet seen. Now, Kia, try to see if you can bring in enough to realise this EV’s potential.

Specifications: 2019 Kia e-Niro

Price: £32,995 (after Plug-in Car Grant)

Electric motors: Permanent magnet AC synchronous

Battery: 64 kWh lithium ion

Gearbox: single-speed epicyclic

Power: 204hp

Torque: 292lb ft

0-62mph: 7.8 seconds

Top speed: 104mph (limited)

Range (WLTP test): 282 miles

Length/width/height: 4,375/1,805/1,560 mm

Weight: 1,791kg

Boot space: 451-1,405 litres

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