Kia e-Niro - Best electric cars
Kia’s electric SUV offers a big electric range at an affordable price point
- Price £34,995
- Range 282 miles
- Charging time: 6h 10 min-9h 35 min (wallbox), 57 min (0-80%, 50kW)
- Rating: 4.5/5
The pace of electric car development is relentless at the moment but the Kia e-Niro remains one of the best electric cars you can buy.
The range starts with the e-Niro ‘2’ at around £29,595 after factoring in the government’s plug-in car grant - although the range is limited to 180 miles. Using the same electric powertrain as the Hyundai Kona Electric, the e-Niro ‘3’ offers a 282-mile official range that can be had for around £33,000.
There’s one big problem with the e-Niro: getting hold of one. Demand has outstripped supply ever since the pure-electric SUV arrived, because it’s an electric car that offers enough space to be used as an everyday family car, and it has a useful driving range.
Kia’s 64kWh battery is among the best in the business, to the point where you can’t fail to be impressed as it nudges down the range in individual miles, instead of being overly optimistic or pessimistic about its reserves.
The styling is a little conservative, perhaps, and the cabin is functional but fairly uninspiring. Yet these are mere glitches in what has quickly become the best do-it-all EV on the market. Yes, you’ll need to wait a while to get behind the wheel, but it’ll be worth it.