THE KIA Niro is a tiny SUV that is about the exact dimensions as its Seltos sibling, but on top of that offered in petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electrical guises. The 5-seat relatives SUV is available in two trim grades for each engine type – S or Sport – for a whole of 6 variants all told.
The Niro vary commences at $39,990 (plus-on highway costs) for the Hybrid S as a result of to an eye-watering $65,990 (+ORCs) for the major-of-the-assortment Niro EV Activity examined listed here.
We say eye-watering simply because, as very good as it is, the BEV variation of the Niro is far more than double the price tag of an equivalent petrol-run Seltos Sport ($32,790, moreover on-road expenditures). Even if you are a staunch environmentalist, that high quality equates to quite a few tanks of petrol – ample to generate the Seltos 519,652km primarily based on current petrol selling prices – or to the moon and most of the way back.
But we digress… Kia is not on its Pat Malone in charging additional for the relatively new and, thus, high-priced know-how utilized in its EV variants. We are, by no signifies, singling the brand name out.
The entrance-wheel-travel Niro EV twins share their drivetrain with Kia’s sister business Hyundai’s Kona EV. Battery potential is rated to 64kWh with peak power and torque shown at a healthy 150kW and 395Nm respectively. When utilizing a 100kW DC rapid charger, the Niro EV Sport’s battery can be charged up from fully depleted to 80 for every cent demand in all over 54 minutes. When hooked up to or a domestic energy outlet that window will increase to all of 29 hours, having said that.
Kia estimates a WLTP selection of 455km for its Niro EV, which is 29km considerably less than the somewhat scaled-down – and marginally lighter – Kona. On test, we averaged 15.2kWh for every 100km, which equates to a driving variety of about 421km.
But what it lacks in vary (in comparison with the Kona EV), the Niro would make up for in area. Cabin lodging, especially in the again seat, is appreciably more generous than the twin-underneath-the-skin Kona, though luggage capability also romps in advance with 451 litres above the Kona’s 332 litres.
Products ranges see inclusions such as regenerative braking, keyless entry, leather-accented seats with 8-way electricity adjustment for the driver, a leather-certain multifunction steering wheel, automatic LED headlights, as nicely as LED daytime jogging- and tail-lights.
Infotainment arrives courtesy of a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay compatibility, multi-relationship Bluetooth, electronic radio, native sat nav, a reversing camera, moreover an eight speaker DBL audio program.
The Niro EV Activity also features a decision of 4 generate modes (Usual, Eco, Eco+ and Activity), paddle shifters for the adjustable regenerative braking technique, an electrochromatic rear-look at mirror, metallic-finish pedals, one-zone local weather manage and 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin rubber.
Safety kit is, also, perfectly sorted and, may possibly we increase, beautifully well calibrated. The Niro vary involves, as normal, seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking with motor vehicle-, pedestrian- and cyclist detection, lane-keep guide, lane-observe help, wise cruise handle and driver-focus notify with the Activity grade including blind-location detection and rear cross-site visitors inform.
Provider intervals are set at 12 months or 15,000km and capped-rate servicing is out there. Servicing pricing tallies $1164 more than three-, $1728 over five-, and $2803 over 7 several years. All Niro EVs are lined by Kia’s seven-yr/unrestricted-kilometre guarantee, but the batteries and motors are only lined up to 150,000km (guess you’re not getting that excursion to the moon, eh?).