If common sense can rule, the stumbling blocks will soon fall. While other cars, from Tesla, Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes and more, can claim the same for a considerably higher price, our travels proved to me that the Kia truly has broken new ground for a £33,000 car, in being usable with barely any compromises, and many upsides, by a family every day, be it for commuting across town or across the length of the country. It does all the normal car stuff well, being spacious, practical, comfortable and decently quick. It’s also quiet, refined and calming. It is not an enthusiast’s car in the traditional sense, but I cannot remember one that I have been more enthused by, even though its ultimate purpose is to do the ordinary in a quietly extraordinary way.
In fact, the only meaningful downside is how hard it is to get one. Even the hottest electric car of the moment, the Tesla Model 3, seems to have a smaller waiting list, and the demand means that used values are holding up like no other Kia, to the extent that I even found a delivery mileage car being sold at a £5000 premium, although that kind of excitement seems to be dying down now. Even so, I’d suggest the figures in the data table are more best pessimistic guess than reality; never has a Kia been so desirable.
There’s more opposition coming, led by the VW ID family, but for now I don’t hesitate in recommending the e-Niro not just to anyone wanting an EV, but anyone wanting a car.
What’s refreshing about the e-Niro is that, unlike most other EVs, it isn’t trying to make some form of bold statement through design. It is simply a practical family SUV that happens to be electric. And by doing that so well, it arguably makes one of the strongest statements for EVs yet. Spend any time in an e-Niro, and you’ll stop questioning whether you could live with an EV.
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The price is right The average price of a new car in the UK is £32,000; this is a fraction more, but far from an average car.
Great range Kia and Hyundai reset the price/ range equation with the e-Niro and Kona, and have yet to be beaten.
Everyday normality Not all super cars wear capes, and all that. Impressive how similar the e-Niro is to its Niro stablemates.
Waiting lists Order a new e-Niro today and you could face a 12-month wait. That’s poor, even if it is worth the wait.
Public charging Ecotricity has a near-monopoly on motorway chargers and a terrible reputation for delivering its service.
Final mileage: 10,857