Currently reading: Kia expands e-Niro line-up with new sub-£30k variant
Entry-level e-Niro 2 features smaller battery and less powerful motor; is joined by new high-spec range-topper
James Attwood, digital editor
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26 June 2020

Kia has expanded the UK line-up of the e-Niro electric SUV with two new models, including a sub-£30,000 entry-level variant with a smaller battery that offers a range of up to 180 miles and a sub-£30,000 price tag.

The Korean firm’s popular EV has previously been offered in a single spec in the UK, featuring a 64kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor. The expanded three-model line-up comprises variants branded 2, 3 and 4+. The new top-spec 4+ model features a new three-page 11kW AC charger, allowing for faster home charging.

The new entry-level e-Niro 2 is fitted with a 39kWh battery, which is used to power a 134bhp, 291lb ft electric motor. Kia claims a 0-60mph time of 9.5sec, a top speed of 96mph and an official range of 180 miles. This rises to 251 miles on the lower-speed WLTP City cycle.

The 7.2kW AC charger can recharge the e-Niro 2’s 39kWh battery from empty in 6hrs 10mins, with a 0-80% charge taking 57 minutes on a 100kW DC rapid-charger.

The e-Niro 2 is offered with 17in alloy wheels, a 7.0in digital instrument cluster and an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Driver assistance systems including automatic lights, adaptive cruise control and forward collision avoidance are also included. The e-Niro 2 costs £29,595 after the UK government’s £3000 plug-in car grant.

The e-Niro 3 and e-Niro 4+ both use the 64kWh battery pack and 201bhp, 291lb ft electric motor, which offers an official range of 282 miles.

The e-Niro 3, which effectively matches the spec of existing e-Niro, features a 10.25in touchscreen and adds heated front seats and a wireless smartphone charger, among other kit. It continues with the 7.2kW AC charger, which can complete a full battery charge in 9hrs 35mins. It costs £33,850 after the plug-in car grant, which marks a £1000 increase on the 2019 model.

The e-Niro 4+ is described by Kia as the flagship version of the EV. It features the upgraded 11kW three-phase AC charger, which cuts a full battery charge to exactly seven hours.

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As well as the upgraded charger, the 4+ also adds kit including an electric sunroof, bi-function LED headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an eight-speaker JBL stereo. It's priced from £36,145 after the government grant.

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26 June 2020

Amazing the number of people who think a 400 range is a minimum require yet Kia believe there is a market for half that. And I get it, if you're a 2 car family then for 90% of journies this is car is enough. Maybe a 50 Kwh version could be added.  Wish it well 

26 June 2020
xxxx wrote:

Amazing the number of people who think a 400 range is a minimum require yet Kia believe there is a market for half that. And I get it, if you're a 2 car family then for 90% of journies this is car is enough. Maybe a 50 Kwh version could be added.  Wish it well 

Actually your wrong, they dont, however, they dont want to be sat at an overpriced motorway service station for a couple of hours waiting for the car to recharge if they do need to travel that distance. That is of course if the charger works, accepts your card or is not already being used..

You are however correct, that for 90% of the time the range may be perfect, but until its 100% of the time and EV's are considerably cheaper to buy, it will not be the answer.  I would consider one as a second car, but not as an only car, luckily I have off road parking, so could charge at home, but I dont have access to charge at work, and probably will not have in the foreseeable future, and there lies the problem, not everyone has easy access to a charging point for their own personal use at home or at work. 

 

26 June 2020
Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Amazing the number of people who think a 400 range is a minimum require yet Kia believe there is a market for half that. And I get it, if you're a 2 car family then for 90% of journies this is car is enough. Maybe a 50 Kwh version could be added.  Wish it well 

Actually your wrong, they dont, however, they dont want to be sat at an overpriced motorway service station for a couple of hours waiting for the car to recharge if they do need to travel that distance. That is of course if the charger works, accepts your card or is not already being used..

You are however correct, that for 90% of the time the range may be perfect, but until its 100% of the time and EV's are considerably cheaper to buy, it will not be the answer.  I would consider one as a second car, but not as an only car, luckily I have off road parking, so could charge at home, but I dont have access to charge at work, and probably will not have in the foreseeable future, and there lies the problem, not everyone has easy access to a charging point for their own personal use at home or at work. 

It's an opinion and by saying I'm wrong you are just showing yourself up as ignorant, again.  It can be ideal if you're a two car family.   If you think a minimum 400 mile range is needed then fine, but look on what is going on around you first.

Perhaps you should tell Kia they're wrong.

27 June 2020
xxxx wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Amazing the number of people who think a 400 range is a minimum require yet Kia believe there is a market for half that. And I get it, if you're a 2 car family then for 90% of journies this is car is enough. Maybe a 50 Kwh version could be added.  Wish it well 

Actually youre wrong, they dont, however, they dont want to be sat at an overpriced motorway service station for a couple of hours waiting for the car to recharge if they do need to travel that distance. That is of course if the charger works, accepts your card or is not already being used..

You are however correct, that for 90% of the time the range may be perfect, but until its 100% of the time and EV's are considerably cheaper to buy, it will not be the answer.  I would consider one as a second car, but not as an only car, luckily I have off road parking, so could charge at home, but I dont have access to charge at work, and probably will not have in the foreseeable future, and there lies the problem, not everyone has easy access to a charging point for their own personal use at home or at work. 

It's an opinion and by saying I'm wrong you are just showing yourself up as ignorant, again.  It can be ideal if you're a two car family.   If you think a minimum 400 mile range is needed then fine, but look on what is going on around you first.

Perhaps you should tell Kia they're wrong.

Read what I posted, not what you think I posted, it will stop you being ignorant, unless of course you can back up your opinion with some facts to back it up.  The internet is full of stories/reviews from people who have had absolute nightmares trying to recharge at motorway services, whilst being charged well over the odds for a cup of tea or a bite to eat, thats not opinion, thats fact, and its that that is putting off many purchases, plus the lack of charging for tens of thousands who dont have the facility at home or work. Many people dont want or cant afford 2 cars, many cant afford to buy a new car, millions run around in cars with hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock, and the chance of buying a brand new EV is virtually non existent, but they can buy a 10 year old Fiesta for £500 and easily get 400 miles of range, and if it goes wrong, the scrap it and buy another. Perhaps you need to come down to their level before spouting about people being ignorant..  EV's will never be the answer until you can pick one up for a couple of hundred quid and run until it dies.. 

26 June 2020

How many people will benefit from this?

26 June 2020

but would be a definite if I could have the smaller motor with the bigger battery/11kwh charger. Not interested in the bells and whistles. I use a car to get from a to b.

26 June 2020
Under £30k, I was expecting that to be before government grant not after. Still too expensive for me anyway, the range wouldn't be an issue, I agree with Kia that a realistic 150+ mile range is pretty much adequate for a lot of my motoring needs, can't speak for others obviously.

26 June 2020

The smaller battery model choice is not a question of right or wrong. For some its ideal, or others not. What it does show is that the BEV  market is maturing nicely by offering  choices, in range and power and trim. Just like ICE offers options. 

27 June 2020

What is often not taken into account is that the smaller battery model should be lighter if they are te same density, so if you are only doing short journeys and using your own electricity most of the time as well as using less energy it will be cheaper to run.

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