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Kia e-Niro Crossover (2018-2021)

Neo score 28%Ext score 68%

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Product Overview

Kia e-Niro is an affordable compact electric crossover in production from 2018 to 2021. It was powered by electric motors from 136hp to 204hp aided by batteries from 42kWh to 67kWh.
Simply an electrified Kia Niro, the e-Niro is not built on a purposefully-engineer EV chassis; hence, it carries compromises that no longer make much sense. The interior space is also smaller than its hybrid and PHEV brethrens.
Still, those who need to save on road tax may find the e-Niro a smart-looking EV that is rather affordable.





What we found**

Neo score 28% (not directly comparable across industries)
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Smart styling
  • Can't even reach 200km/h
  • No powerful engine options

What external reviewers found***

Ext 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
  • Excellent all-rounder
  • Excellent range
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Lack of refinement
  • Lacklustre ride quality
  • Not the most compliant
  • No hybrid option
  • More expensive than the first edition
  • Short battery life
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42 kWh67 kWh


Cargo Capacity451 L / 15.9 cu-ft ~ 1405 L / 49.6 cu-ft
Payload434 kg / 957 lbs439 kg / 968 lbs


Brakes | FrontVentilated discs, 305x25 mm
Brakes | RearDisc, 300x10 mm
Power SteeringElectric Steering
Suspension | FrontMacPherson strut
Suspension | RearMulti-link
Tire Size215/55 R17
Turning Circle10.6 m / 34.8 ft


Battery | Capacity42.0 kWh (gross) | 39.2 kWh (net)67.0 kWh (gross) | 64.0 kWh (net)
Battery | TypeLithium-polymer
Battery | Voltage327.0 V356.0 V
Body Style5-door battery-electric SUV


Ground Clearance155 mm / 6.1 in
Size | Height1570 mm / 61.8 in
Size | Length4375 mm / 172.2 in
Size | Width1805 mm / 71.1 in
Track Width | Front1576.0 mm / 62.0 in
Track Width | Rear1585.0 mm / 62.4 in
Weight1592.0 kg / 3509.8 lbs1737.0 kg / 3829.4 lbs
Wheel Size7J x 17
Wheelbase2700 mm / 106.3 in


Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h9.8 sec7.8 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph9.3 sec7.4 sec
Coefficient Of Drag0.29
Top Speed155.0 km/h / 96.3 mph167.0 km/h / 103.8 mph


Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
Emission StandardEuro 6d-TEMP
Engine | Power136 hp / 101.4 kW @ 2600-8000 rpm204 hp / 152.1 kW @ 3800-8000 rpm
Transmission | Gears1-speed
Transmission | TypeAutomatic


Availability2018 ~ 2021

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews


Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The Kia e-Niro is set to go on sale in South Korea early next year. It has a 64kWh lithium ion polymer battery and a 0-62mph time of 7.8secs. Kia claims a range of 301 miles on a full charge, but our test car managed just over 300 miles.
Find the original article here.
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Decent range
  • Lack of refinement
  • Uninspiring interior


Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Official, correct range is 282 miles. The e-Niro is able to replenish its battery to 80% capacity in less than an hour using a 100kW source. The ambience is staid but impressively mature, and there’s greater sense of perceived quality than might be unexpected given the twee exterior.
Find the original article here.
  • Sleek design
  • Impressive range
  • Decent handling
  • Noisy at a cruise
  • No automatic gearbox


Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The Kia e-Niro is one of the best electric cars you can buy, but updated a little bit for the 2020 model year. It's little changed in important ways from the excellent all-rounder that deservedly collared the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year Award. There’s no change to the 201bhp electric motor, nor to the 64kWh lithium ion battery pack carried under the steel monocoque body. Neither have the rather solid prices changed.
Find the original article here.
  • Excellent all-rounder
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Excellent range
  • More expensive than the first edition
  • Lacklustre ride quality


Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
Kia’s greatest success with the e-Niro is fitting such a long-range battery in such a well-priced car. It is also a very good car in other ways or that it seems to extract more range from its capacity than many rivals. The ride and handling are safe and unexciting, dominated by the battery weight and steering that is short on any feel.
Find the original article here.
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent range
  • Good range
  • Battery weight and steering are short on any feel


Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
It's four years since the hybrid version was first launched, although the e-Niro only turned up in 2018. The changes outside are minor, amounting to new LED lights front and rear, plus a mildly adjusted front bumper. Inside you now get one of the best touchscreens in any car at any price – measuring a substantial 10.25 inches across.
Find the original article here.
  • Fantastic range
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Decent range
  • Feels a little cheap
  • Not the most compliant


Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The new Kia e-Niro joins our long-term fleet and makes a good first impression Mileage: 932 milesEfficiency: 3.6 miles/kWh Spring has sprung, and that feels like an appropriately green time of year. This is a model that could represent a new beginning for mainstream electric cars – even more so than its sister, the Hyundai Kona Electric.
Find the original article here.
  • Fantastic range
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Decent interior
  • Battery life could be better
  • Short battery life


Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
-intrusive nature of its operation. The active lane-keeping was subtle enough that we really had to concentrate to feel it nibbling at our trajectory. adaptive cruise control metered performance and braking smoothly but with enough urgency that fellow motorists didn't lose patience. We couldn't test much of the multimedia given we were completely reliant on CarPlay to guide us around Korea. The cabin design of the E-Niro is premium enough to command £33k on a Kia forecourt.
Find the original article here.
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Stylish looks
  • No internal combustion engine
  • No hybrid option

User Reviews


1. ^ Kia e-Niro 2019 review. [autocar]. 2018-09-17. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
2. ^ Kia e-Niro 64kWh 2019 review. [autocar]. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
3. ^ Kia e-Niro 64kWh 2020 UK review. [autocar]. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
4. ^ Kia e-Niro 2019 long-term review. [autocar]. 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
5. ^ New Kia e-Niro 2020 review . [autoexpress]. 2020-07-09. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
6. ^ Kia e-Niro: long-term test review. [autoexpress]. 2019-09-23. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
7. ^ Kia E-Niro review: what makes this electric SUV so popular?. [carmagazine]. 2020-11-27. Retrieved 2022-05-03.

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