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Kia Niro EV boot space, practicality and safety

2022 onwards (change model)
Practicality rating: 3.8 out of 53.8

Written by Luke Wilkinson Published: 26 September 2023 Updated: 26 September 2023

  • Well-shaped 475-litre boot
  • Loads of space inside
  • Plenty of storage bins

How much space is there?

There’s a lot of room in the front of the Kia Niro EV. The seats are accommodating with plenty of adjustment and headroom is good. You can also drop the driver’s seat down to the floor, which means even the loftiest pilot can sit behind the wheel without craning to see under the roof.

Kia Niro EV rear seats
There’s plenty of space in the back of a the Niro. Foot space is especially impressive.

Because it’s an electric car, there’s a surprising amount of space in the rear too. The floor is completely flat because there’s no need to make space in the body for an exhaust system – and that means there’s lots of legroom. Even a passenger on the middle of the bench has enough space to stretch out, which is more than can be said for petrol-powered rivals like the Toyota Yaris Cross. It’s a far better choice for families than the more style-led Jeep Avenger.

Boot space and storage

The Kia Niro EV has a 475-litre boot, which is a whopping 120 litre more than you get in the Jeep Avenger and 115 litres more than a Fiat 600e. This is mainly because it straddles the segments, sitting somewhere between a family hatchback and a family SUV. Fold the rear seats flat and the amount of available space increases to 1,392 litres.

Kia Niro EV boot with seats folded
The Niro EV has one of the biggest boots in its class.

Kia has done a good job with the Niro EV’s cabin design, too. There are lots of handy storage bins, including a massive smartphone charging pad in the dashboard, deep door bins and a well-sized cubby in the armrest. However, the drinks holders in the door cards and the centre console are too small, meaning you’ll struggle find somewhere convenient for a litre-sized bottle.

Is it easy to park?

It’s no more difficult than a family hatchback. Opt for the mid-range model and you’ll get a rear-view camera and parking sensors to help guide you into spaces – but they’re not necessary. Visibility out of the rear window is good and the mirrors are large, which makes the Niro EV easy to manoeuvre.

Spend big on the flagship ‘4’ model and you’ll get Kia’s Remote Smart Parking Assist, which allows the car to park itself while you stand outside of the car. We haven’t had a chance to test the system on the Niro EV yet, but Kia assures us that it works well in tight car parks.


  • Four-star safety rating from Euro NCAP
  • Rises to five stars with optional safety pack
  • Lots of standard safety equipment

Euro NCAP crash tested the Niro EV in 2022 and it achieved a four-star rating. The testers were pleased with the way the car protected both its adult and child occupants from impacts, but they found its standard safety equipment to be lacking.

Standard safety equipment includes cruise control, lane-keeping assist, a tyre-pressure monitoring system and forward collision avoidance assist with car, pedestrian and cyclist recognition. There’s also intelligent speed limit assist, which automatically changes the maximum speed of the car’s cruise control system according to the prevailing speed limits.

Kia also offers an extended safety pack for the Niro EV. It’s fitted to the range-topping 4 model and, with the technology equipped, its Euro NCAP safety score rises to five stars. Upgrades include a parking collision avoidance system, rear cross traffic alert and blind-spot collision avoidance which will actively steer the car out of the path of vehicles in its blind spots.

Euro NCAP rating

Ratings for this model not available

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (19)
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
2 Standard Equipment (1)
  • Cloth seat trim
2 Optional Equipment (4)
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Sat Nav
3 Standard Equipment (8)
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Sat Nav
3 Optional Equipment
  • n/a
4 Standard Equipment (11)
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Sat Nav
4 Optional Equipment
  • n/a


Length 4420mm
Width 1825mm
Height 1570mm
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