THE KIA Niro is a modest SUV which is about the exact sizing as its Seltos sibling, but additionally obtainable in petrol-electrical hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electric guises. The 5-seat household SUV is presented in two trim grades for each motor sort – S or Sport – for a overall of six variants all instructed.
The Niro vary starts off at $39,990 (as well as-on street expenses) for the Hybrid S via to an eye-watering $65,990 (+ORCs) for the major-of-the-vary Niro EV Sport tested here.
We say eye-watering mainly because, as excellent as it is, the BEV variation of the Niro is extra than double the selling price of an equivalent petrol-powered Seltos Sport ($32,790, plus on-road costs). Even if you are a staunch environmentalist, that high quality equates to many tanks of petrol – sufficient to travel the Seltos 519,652km based on latest petrol costs – or to the moon and most of the way back.
But we digress… Kia isn’t on its Pat Malone in charging extra for the comparatively new and, for that reason, high-priced technology employed in its EV variants. We are, by no means, singling the manufacturer out.
The front-wheel-travel Niro EV twins share their drivetrain with Kia’s sister company Hyundai’s Kona EV. Battery ability is rated to 64kWh with peak ability and torque stated at a healthier 150kW and 395Nm respectively. When applying a 100kW DC speedy charger, the Niro EV Sport’s battery can be billed up from absolutely depleted to 80 for every cent charge in around 54 minutes. When hooked up to or a domestic ability outlet that window boosts to all of 29 several hours, even so.
Kia quotations a WLTP vary of 455km for its Niro EV, which is 29km considerably less than the a little smaller sized – and marginally lighter – Kona. On exam, we averaged 15.2kWh per 100km, which equates to a driving variety of approximately 421km.
But what it lacks in vary (as opposed with the Kona EV), the Niro helps make up for in area. Cabin lodging, especially in the again seat, is appreciably a lot more generous than the twin-below-the-skin Kona, while baggage potential also romps forward with 451 litres in excess of the Kona’s 332 litres.
Devices degrees see inclusions this sort of as regenerative braking, keyless entry, leather-accented seats with 8-way ability adjustment for the driver, a leather-based-sure multifunction steering wheel, computerized LED headlights, as effectively as LED daytime running- and tail-lights.
Infotainment arrives courtesy of a 10.25-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Android Automobile and Apple CarPlay compatibility, multi-connection Bluetooth, digital radio, native sat nav, a reversing camera, in addition an eight speaker DBL audio program.
The Niro EV Sport also delivers a selection of four generate modes (Regular, Eco, Eco+ and Sport), paddle shifters for the adjustable regenerative braking procedure, an electrochromatic rear-check out mirror, metallic-complete pedals, solitary-zone climate management and 18-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin rubber.
Safety package is, similarly, effectively sorted and, might we include, incredibly well calibrated. The Niro selection includes, as typical, 7 airbags, autonomous crisis braking with automobile-, pedestrian- and bike owner detection, lane-keep assist, lane-adhere to support, good cruise regulate and driver-focus inform with the Activity quality adding blind-location detection and rear cross-site visitors warn.
Provider intervals are set at 12 months or 15,000km and capped-value servicing is offered. Upkeep pricing tallies $1164 over three-, $1728 more than 5-, and $2803 around seven many years. All Niro EVs are coated by Kia’s seven-calendar year/limitless-kilometre guarantee, but the batteries and motors are only lined up to 150,000km (guess you are not taking that trip to the moon, eh?).