Electric version of Korean firm's hybrid SUV is available with a choice of two battery options, providing official ranges of 186 and 280 miles

The new Kia Niro EV has been unveiled in Korea, ahead of its European launch later this year.

A concept version of the Korean firm’s compact crossover was unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas in January, but the production version was shown for the first time at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, before its full unveiling at the Busan motor show.

The Niro EV shown in Korea will get a range of 280 miles from a 64kWh battery or 186 miles from a 39.2kWh battery. The latter is 3.4kWh up on the battery of the Volkswagen e-Golf, which has a real-world range of around 125 miles. 

From a 100kW charge point, Kia claims that the higher-capacity Niro EV will attain 80% charge in 54 minutes.

The Niro EV is slightly slower from 0-62mph than the related Hyundai Kona Electric, at 7.8sec to 7.6sec, but is slightly more powerful, at 201bhp, albeit with the same 291lb ft of torque. 

In addition to the usual driver assistance systems of automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, the Niro EV has Level 2 autonomous capability, akin to Volkswagen Group's Traffic Jam Assist system, which follows traffic and steers the car within its lane, although the driver must keep hold of the wheel.

These are understood to be the specifications for the cars that reach roads in Kia's home market later this year and are likely to differ from the versions that will be sold in the UK, which are likely to arrive near the end of 2018.

The Niro EV is marked out from the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro with a new front end incorporating a filled-in grille and a charging port, as well as arrow-like daytime running lights. At the rear, the Niro EV has model-exclusive LED tail-lights.

Inside, there's blue trim to match the highlights on the exterior, while the centre console now accommodates a rotary drive selector in place of the gear selector. A 7.0in digital instrument display replaces the dials, with powertrain information presented, as well as the usual functions. 

Kia says it received 5000 orders for the Niro EV in Korea, where it will be go on sale later this year alongside the existing hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

The Niro EV is part of Kia’s ACE (Autonomous, Connected and Eco/Electric) strategy, with a plan to offer 16 electrified vehicles by 2025.

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4 May 2018

As there's very little if any competition in the 'cheap' SUV EV market

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

7 June 2018
xxxx wrote:

As there's very little if any competition in the 'cheap' SUV EV market

What are you on about? there is a British one for a mere £65,000 available right now. I have ordered 5, one for each of my cats.

7 June 2018

I wonder if there is any boot left.

7 June 2018

These will impress who, exactly?

Perhaps if pointless automotive vajazzle like this was avoided we could have a slightly lower price?

8 June 2018

Until the EVs can acheive a real world 500 miles plus on a charge they are not viable for most motorists, They also need to be able to be fully recharged in less than ten minutes. When they are I would buy one



8 June 2018

I drive over 30k a year but never drive more than 200 miles in one go. I don't often say this but the statement '500 miles mininum and then another 500 miles after 10 minutes charging is needed for most motorist' is complete rubbish.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 June 2018
If this is the same drivetrain as that going into the Konaq , which is I think smaller and lighter, then the Konaq will be faster again with a range of more than 300 miles . I think possibly even more than the Leaf these cars are game changers . My wife has a dearly loved zoe but the range drops to 40 miles in winter which is frankly useless. The hyundai and Kia should hopefully manage around 150-200 miles in cold weather which is far more practical . Just need the price to come in well under £30k.

8 June 2018

As the article says pricing is going to be revealed for the UK. 

If you look at the Hybrid and Plug In prices I expect the lower battery will be around £25K and larger around £30K in line with the Hyundai Kona (which is very similar). 

Still a lot of money but the ranges of these do look good. 

Wish the lowering cost of batteries would translate to lower pricing but I guess that’s a pipe dream. 

Wonder what will happen in Oct when the government grant comes to an end? 

Will EV/ non ICE car prices in the UK be adjusted if this goes?

Article mentions a Hydrogen Niro but expect that’s a mistake and the author means Hybrid. 

Live. Eat. Drive.

8 June 2018

Oops-my bad. 

Article says Hydrogen Niro is in Korea not UK. 

Live. Eat. Drive.

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