THE KIA Niro is a little SUV that’s about the similar measurement as its Seltos sibling, but additionally available in petrol-electric powered hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electrical guises. The five-seat family SUV is available in two trim grades for every motor style – S or Sport – for a total of 6 variants all informed.
The Niro assortment starts off at $39,990 (plus-on road fees) for the Hybrid S by way of to an eye-watering $65,990 (+ORCs) for the prime-of-the-range Niro EV Sport examined below.
We say eye-watering due to the fact, as fantastic as it is, the BEV variation of the Niro is much more than double the price tag of an equal petrol-powered Seltos Activity ($32,790, as well as on-road expenses). Even if you are a staunch environmentalist, that premium equates to a lot of tanks of petrol – ample to generate the Seltos 519,652km primarily based on existing petrol price ranges – or to the moon and most of the way again.
But we digress… Kia isn’t on its Pat Malone in charging extra for the reasonably new and, consequently, pricey technological know-how used in its EV variants. We are, by no usually means, singling the manufacturer out.
The front-wheel-drive Niro EV twins share their drivetrain with Kia’s sister company Hyundai’s Kona EV. Battery ability is rated to 64kWh with peak power and torque stated at a nutritious 150kW and 395Nm respectively. When making use of a 100kW DC quickly charger, the Niro EV Sport’s battery can be billed up from thoroughly depleted to 80 for every cent demand in around 54 minutes. When hooked up to or a domestic power outlet that window boosts to all of 29 several hours, having said that.
Kia offers a WLTP selection of 455km for its Niro EV, which is 29km a lot less than the a little scaled-down – and marginally lighter – Kona. On exam, we averaged 15.2kWh for every 100km, which equates to a driving array of roughly 421km.
But what it lacks in vary (when compared with the Kona EV), the Niro will make up for in room. Cabin lodging, in particular in the back again seat, is appreciably extra generous than the twin-less than-the-skin Kona, though luggage potential also romps in advance with 451 litres more than the Kona’s 332 litres.
Products degrees see inclusions these as regenerative braking, keyless entry, leather-based-accented seats with eight-way energy adjustment for the driver, a leather-based-sure multifunction steering wheel, computerized LED headlights, as very well as LED daytime working- and tail-lights.
Infotainment arrives courtesy of a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Car and Apple CarPlay compatibility, multi-connection Bluetooth, electronic radio, indigenous sat nav, a reversing digicam, additionally an eight speaker DBL audio technique.
The Niro EV Sport also features a selection of four push modes (Typical, Eco, Eco+ and Sport), paddle shifters for the adjustable regenerative braking technique, an electrochromatic rear-look at mirror, metallic-finish pedals, one-zone local climate management and 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin rubber.
Safety kit is, similarly, properly sorted and, could possibly we include, incredibly very well calibrated. The Niro selection features, as standard, seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking with motor vehicle-, pedestrian- and cyclist detection, lane-hold guide, lane-abide by help, good cruise handle and driver-focus notify with the Activity grade introducing blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
Company intervals are set at 12 months or 15,000km and capped-rate servicing is out there. Upkeep pricing tallies $1164 in excess of three-, $1728 around five-, and $2803 more than seven several years. All Niro EVs are protected by Kia’s 7-year/unrestricted-kilometre warranty, but the batteries and motors are only protected up to 150,000km (guess you’re not taking that excursion to the moon, eh?).