4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

A highly impressive EV with a long range and family-friendly practicality

Kia e-Niro SUV (19 on) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £32,595 - £39,145
Lease from new From £449 p/m View lease deals
Used price £25,335 - £36,515
Used monthly cost From £632 per month
Fuel Economy 3.9 - 4.2 miles/kWh
Insurance group 20 - 29 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Quick and easy to drive
  • High standard spec
  • Brilliant infotainment
  • Long range

CONS

  • Can be expensive on Kia’s finance
  • Firm ride
  • Slightly cramped rear seats
  • Misses out on some top tech

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The Kia e-Niro is an electric vehicle that puts everyday usability within reach – it’s priced significantly lower than other all-electric SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC or Audi e-Tron, yet offers more range than either.

Together with its closely-related sister models, the Kia Soul EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric, the e-Niro provides one of the few truly convincing ways to completely ditch internal combustion and run an electric vehicle as your only car.

>> Read more: Our best electric SUVs for 2020

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Killer watts

That’s mainly down to the battery – with up to 282 miles of driving range available on a single charge, it’s only rivalled by the Tesla Model 3 for cross-country ability. With 50kW fast-charging capability, the e-Niro can be topped up to 80 per cent in about an hour and 15 minutes – or overnight via a home wallbox system.

And once the battery’s all charged up, you can enjoy surprising performance from the e-Niro’s electric motor. Like all electric cars, it offers instant response from a standstill, and it’s powerful enough to surprise even a few hot hatchbacks off the lights. What this translates to in real terms is ample performance even for motorway driving, where unlike lesser EVs the e-Niro doesn’t struggle to keep up with traffic or overtake.

If you want to save money, Kia offers a base model with 180 miles of range, though we can’t imagine many will opt for it.

Kia’s best interior yet

After its 2020 facelift, the e-Niro received a slick new interior that feels bang up-to-date. It pulls off the difficult act of being both stylish to sit in and look at as well as superbly easy to use. A Peugeot e-208 or Tesla Model 3 might be more immediately high-tech and desirable, but neither is anything like as straightforward as the Kia.

The headline feature is a new, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s seamlessly integrated into the dashboard, in stark contrast to many rivals and their tablet-style displays sitting proud – and high-set enough that you don’t need to take your eyes a mile off the road in order to see what’s going on.

It’s fully-featured too, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard plus remote connection via Kia’s UVO app. This lets you monitor charge state, lock or unlock the doors, and even send destinations and plan trips with the sat-nav ahead of time – all remotely.

Practical for a family

Of course, an electric car’s practicality is more than just its driving range – especially when, like the e-Niro, it’s a compact SUV aimed at family buyers.

Thankfully, with a big 451-litre boot and well-sized rear seats, the e-Niro’s well up to the stresses and strains of family life, while the cabin’s littered with useful cubbies. The glovebox and centre console can take care of most clutter, while the floating gear selector makes room for some extra storage underneath it. Top models also have a wireless phone charger just underneath the climate control panel.

Two Isofix points in the rear cater for child seats and, should you desire, you can fit roof bars for a bike rack or storage box – though it’ll clobber your range if you do so…

Read on to see how we rate the Kia e-Niro’s practicality, interior, running costs and driving experience – or click here to skip straight to our verdict.