Opinion: The Kia e-Niro is an EV revolution

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Most impressive is the range, particularly of the larger-capacity variant. As with the Kona EV, the e-Niro can exceed 300 miles on a single charge – and that’s not on the old, optimistic NEDC testing regime but the new, more realistic WLTP cycle.

That range really isn’t very far off that of similar petrol or diesel models, and blows much costlier EV SUVs, such as the Audi E-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, out of the water. What’s more, it’s not at the expense of performance, as our drive of a Korean version of the e-Niro last month showed us.

But the best thing about the e-Niro is that it’s right at the cutting edge of what EVs can currently do, but will be barely any pricier than a conventionally fuelled equivalent. Expect even the larger-capacity model to dip below £30k once you factor in a government grant. And yet it’s loaded with standard equipment.

Let’s hope buyers aren’t put off by the badge (is badge snobbery really still a thing in this day and age?) or the e-Niro’s rather unexciting looks. Until Tesla can produce a truly cheap Model 3, the Koreans appear to have the best mass-market EVs on sale.

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Tycoon

I really wish Hyundai-Kia

I really wish Hyundai-Kia would put the Kona/Niro powertrain in the Ioniq/Ceed (etc, gimme a saloon/estate).

I don’t want a damn SUV, but I’m very happy we have these cheaper EVs coming; you’d be a fool to buy an I-Pace, EQC, or e-tron as they have: poorer range (I-Pace gets 200miles real world LOL), and worse designs (compared to Ioniq, imo).

BUT, I think once Model 3 is on sale in Europe, the “tradtional” manufacturers will have an up-hill struggle to sell their junk with 200 MILE RANGE. The game will have moved on substantially by then.

 

(even though it pains me to include the Audi, as I’m an Audi fan)

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