2019 Kia e-Niro made its debut in Korea earlier this year. It’s an affordable electric crossover with a WLTP range above 300 miles. Well, 301, and a mile is as good as a miss isn’t it. The Kia e-Niro goes on sale March next year.
It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, and a quick hop into the back seat revealed it is indeed usefully bigger than the Hyundai Kona EV with which it shares its battery and electric gubbins. At 4.4m long, it’s 20cm longer on the outside than the Kona, and has a useful 450-litre boot, so the batteries don’t evict your luggage.
That 301 miles of range is one of the longer ranges in the world of EVs and it’s possible thanks to a 64 kilowatt-hour battery pack, regenerative braking and a feature that gives the driver suggestions on when to coast or brake to further optimize the system. The e-Niro with the 64 kWh battery pack is combined with a 150kW electric motor that produces 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.
Though it’s built in Korea in two battery capacities, the UK will only get the bigger pack. That stores 64kWh. It feeds a 204bhp electric motor, for 0-62mph in 7.8 sec. Drive it like that and you won’t make the 301 miles of course, but on the WLTP urban test it makes 382 miles. In other words, gentle acceleration and lots of regenerative braking is good for range, as with any other EV. Unfortunately, also as per any rival, fast motorway cruising suppresses range, and Kia doesn’t quote a figure for that.
The vehicle comes standard with a smaller 39.2 kWh battery, which has a 100 kW electric motor and offers a driving range of up to 193 miles on a single charge under the WLTP cycle.