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Kia New e-Niro - Updated June 2020

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General

  • Choice of 134bhp (100kW) and 201bhp (150kW) pure electric drivetrains
  • Up to 282miles driving range (combined) or 382 miles in a city environment on high powered variants
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in just 54 minutes using a 100kW charger, and with a 50kW charger, the battery can be replenished to 80 per cent in 75 minutes for 64kWh versions and just 57 minutes on the 39kWh edition
  • Really delivers in a market that is set to grow enormously over the coming years
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends in the motoring world – crossover styling with electrification
  • Three high-specification versions – ‘2’, ‘3’ and a feature-rich grade ‘4+’ model
  • ‘4+’ version includes an AC 11kW three-phase charger for the first time
  • A more upscale, high quality interior introduced earlier in 2020, including an all-new 10.25-inch touchscreen with UVO CONNECT standard on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’
  • Underfloor position of the batteries ensures a no-compromise approach to interior space

 

Body

  • Based on a platform that has been exclusively developed for electrified cars
  • Five-door, five-seater front-wheel-drive crossover
  • At 4,375mm long, slots between the Ceed hatchback and Sportage SUV in size
  • The batteries are located under the floor for low centre of gravity and a satisfying driving experience
  • Made up of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel
  • Bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and chassis components are all made of aluminium to save weight
  • Signature design cues like the aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille ensures e-Niro is easily recognisable as a Kia. The grille handily doubles up as a neatly integrated charging point
  • Revised styling clearly identifies the e-Niro apart from the Niro Hybrid and PHEV
  • e-Niro takes inspiration from the Niro EV Concept car unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
  • Redesigned air intakes and striking new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights
  • New LED headlights with bi-function projection available on the e-Niro ‘4+’

 

Interior

  • Upmarket cabin, incorporating Kia’s first rotary gear selector
  • Long, 2,700mm wheelbase and width of 1,805mm create ample space for five adults
  • Shapely front seats save 1.3kg each and offer excellent all-round support 
  • Dashboard split into upper display area and lower control area with fewer, simpler switches
  • Horizontal trim line on dashboard emphasises width and space inside
  • Luxurious soft-touch materials and trim details attest to high-quality fit and finish
  • Boot capacity enhanced from 324 to 451 litres compared with Niro PHEV due to under floor mounted battery pack

 

Technology and safety

  • Wireless phone charger included on e-Niro ‘3’ and ‘4+’ for Qi-equipped smartphones
  • On grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’, a new, larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live, providing speed camera, weather, traffic, and local point of interest information. UVO CONNECT puts a raft of information at the owners’ fingertips
  • Reversing camera system and rear parking sensors included as standard
  • Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM is standard equipment on all versions, giving access to navigation, music, hands-free calls and text messaging and voice recognition through smartphone apps
  • Advanced active safety technologies include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection (FCA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Uprated eight-speaker 320-watt JBL® premium sound system on e-Niro ‘4+’

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  • Class-leading driving range of 282 miles on 64kWh models (180 miles on 39kWh e-Niro ‘2’)
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in as little as 54 minutes
  • Clean zero tailpipe emissions motoring
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends – crossover styling with electrification
  • Unique styling cues help to differentiate the e-Niro from the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid  
  • Three well-kitted out, high-specification, feature-rich grades – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’  

The e-Niro is Kia's second globally sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model made its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Since 2018, more than 10,000 e-Niros have been sold in Europe.

Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Created at Kia's design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the e-Niro incorporates the practicality and appeal of a crossover in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The Kia e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a 'Clean and High-tech' design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a de-bossed Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

The closed 'tiger-nose' grille design is housed within a newly designed front bumper, giving the car a clear family identity, while aiding aerodynamic performance, and providing a sleek and purposeful character to the front of the vehicle.

In profile, the slim character line, tapered rear windows and sturdy sill line help to emphasise and elongate the car's sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. All models in the e-Niro line-up ride on the same five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish.

At the back, a redesigned rear bumper features similar blue trim highlights to those found at the front of the car. A bold LED rear light design gives the e-Niro the same distinct and recognisable rear light signature as its Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid siblings.

The Kia e-Niro is available in a selection of five contemporary paint colours, one of which is unique to the e-Niro, called Yacht Blue.

Modern interior with dedicated electric powertrain technologies and crossover utility
Inside the Kia e-Niro, the cabin combines a modern design with generous space and technologies that complement its zero-tailpipe emissions powertrain. The interior is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, drive mode select, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. On grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’, it also incorporates the heated seats and heated steering wheel switches. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The dashboard features bright blue trim around the air vents, echoing the trim highlights found on the outside of the car. New high-gloss black and blue trim also lines the doors of the e-Niro, further enhancing the futuristic atmosphere of the cabin. The shelf at the base of the instrument panel features a wireless charger for Qi-equipped smartphones on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’.

On grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ versions, the new 10.25-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch TFT colour instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car's charging status at a glance when charging.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375mm in length, it offers more cargo space – 451 litres (VDA) – than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.

282-mile driving range from next-generation all-electric powertrain
The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero tailpipe emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a choice of two power outputs, both featuring a lithium-ion battery pack. The 39kWh version manages 180 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions, while on the WLTP city cycle, it can travel up to 251 miles. The 39kWh battery pack is paired with a 134bhp (100kW) electric motor that produces 395Nm of torque and allows the e-Niro to accelerate to 60mph in a pleasing 9.5 seconds. The high-powered 64kWh edition provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, and up to 382 miles when measured on the WLTP city cycle. The long-distance 64kWh battery pack is combined with a 201bhp (150kW) electric motor that packs 395Nm of torque and enabling it to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the e-Niro is front-wheel-drive.

Enhancements to the award-winning formula for 2020
Ever since the Kia e-Niro made its debut in 2018, it has been queuing up to accept awards from well-respected, influential industry commentators. But even with an ever-growing list of accolades, there’s no room for the e-Niro to rest on its laurels, and for 2020, it has been made even better than before. A more upscale, high-quality interior is joined by a choice of three trim levels – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’, which replaces the high specification ‘4’ grade and ‘First Edition’ previously available. Its standard equipment list is lengthy, and highlights include a new updated 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with telematics and UVO Connect Services on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’ and LED headlights with bi-function projection, ambient lighting and a battery heating system on level ‘4+’ models. The updated range for summer 2020 also sees the introduction of a great value ‘2’ grade with a 39kWh electric motor. It’s the first time that the lower powered electric motor version has been offered in the UK, giving buyers even more choice and a substantially lower entry price.

 

DESIGN AND PACKAGING
Bespoke electric vehicles, as opposed to those developed from a purely combustion-engined car, have traditionally involved compromises in design, mainly to achieve the lowest air-drag co-efficient figure possible. That is why the majority have adopted a tear-drop hatchback profile – practical and efficient, but uninspiring and not what customers demand in a market increasingly attuned to SUVs and crossovers.

Kia was adamant it could overcome the design limitations of other electric vehicles without sacrificing practicality, versatility, and aerodynamic efficiency. The result is the e-Niro, part of a range of Niro hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric vehicles, with a modern, attractive crossover body style and ample room for five people plus their luggage. The remarkable feat is that this has been achieved in the e-Niro with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29, despite the standard roof rails.

To make this possible, Kia designers took a reverse approach during the creation of Niro: design an attractive, sporty, stylish, and tough-looking crossover, then fine-tune the aerodynamics to suit the requirements of an electric vehicle. This novel way of going about things has resulted in a crossover which is appealing, but which is also a highly efficient electric vehicle.

Exterior styling
The design of e-Niro was a joint effort between Kia's studios at Namyang in Korea and Irvine, California. The car features the subtly sculpted surfaces and sharp lines that are now Kia design hallmarks. A wide stance gives pointers to the car's stability and low centre of gravity, while a long bonnet, short overhangs, elevated headlights, and a rising shoulder line are other Kia distinguishing features. The body tapers towards the rear, where bold wheel arches, a re-profiled bumper, and the high-mounted C-shaped taillight clusters emphasise the crossover stance. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic ‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a ‘de-bossed’ Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with light-blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

From any angle, the car exudes dynamism and strength. The body line linking the roof, glasshouse and bonnet adds crossover-style volume to the car, while a wide bumper with bold lines and the now-familiar aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille add a distinctive Kia family look. In profile, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasise the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The e-Niro rides on five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish. At the back, reshaped rear bumpers feature similar light blue highlights to those found at the front of the car, while new LED rear lights give the e-Niro its own light signature.

There are air curtains, like gills, in the front corners of the car. These channel air away from the front wheel arches to reduce turbulence in those areas, again to aid aerodynamic efficiency. The roof leads into a rear spoiler to direct air over the car in the most efficient manner.

The tailgate area is clean-looking and sits over a diffuser which aids airflow under the car. The C-shaped LED rear lamps are mounted immediately beneath the tailgate glass, while the contours of the wide and deep tailgate emphasise the smooth aerodynamic shape. Even the location of the standard rear-vision camera reduces drag: it is housed within the rear wiper mounting so as not to impede air exiting the rear. The rear corners of the car have been refined in minute detail to reduce drag without worsening visibility. There are specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covered holes in the roof rails, which sit flush on the bodywork.

The e-Niro has a specification that includes chrome-coated exterior door handles, chrome belt-line mouldings, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps and body-coloured and high-gloss door mirrors with LED indicators.

Modern interior with EV-specific technologies and crossover utility
The ergonomic fascia and information clusters follow what is becoming a modern theme for Kia, starting with a wide dashboard set out on horizontal lines. There is an upper display sector with the instrument panel and infotainment screen at the same height for instant, easier reading, separated by a cabin-wide trim line from the lower control area, where the heating and ventilation and driver assistance switches are located.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, drive mode selector, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. On ‘3’ and ‘4+’ models, the buttons for the heated seats and heated steering wheel are also incorporated. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The five-seat e-Niro has an electric parking brake to release more space for oddments in the centre console and is fitted with a tyre mobility kit rather than a spare wheel to reduce weight, and ensure the boot is as large as possible. Space-saving front seats with special foam-backed covers and slim headrests contribute to the car's exceptional roominess and also save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of high-density foam and profiled springs and pads.

The cabin combines modern design with generous space and technologies that complement the zero-tailpipe emissions powertrain. The interior of the e-Niro is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements. The dashboard features a new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of the centre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.

Standard on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’, the 10.25-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch TFT colour instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

The redesigned centre console creates more storage space at the base of the dashboard for smaller items – including a wireless smartphone charger on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’. There is smart black leather upholstery (part cloth and leather on grade ‘2’), high-gloss black inserts on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector and satin chrome interior door handles further attest to the car's quality.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car’s charge status at a glance from outside the car.

Aerodynamic considerations posed many challenges for the teams tasked with e-Niro's packaging. It was determined early on that e-Niro would be a compact hybrid crossover – shorter than the Sportage SUV, but longer than the Ceed hatchback. There had to be a limit on height to reduce drag, but this was not to be at the expense of a raised seating position. And space, versatility, ease of entrance and visibility were not to suffer in any way. The result is one of Kia's most efficiently packaged cars ever.

Thanks to the long, 2,700mm wheelbase there is generous space for five people. There is up to 1,059mm of legroom in the front and 950mm in the rear; the class-leading headroom of up to 1,018mm in front and 993mm behind is greater than in many C-segment SUVs; and the 1,805mm wide body provides 1,423mm of shoulder room for the two front occupants and only slightly less, at 1,402mm, in the rear.

One major difference with the e-Niro is that luggage capacity has been enhanced compared to its hybrid and PHEV counterparts, with 451 litres of space with all five seats occupied. This compares to 382 litres on the Hybrid and 324 litres for the PHEV. The boot expands to 1,405 litres – up from the 1,380 litres of the Niro parallel hybrid and 1,322 of the PHEV – with the 60/40 split rear seats folded.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375 mm in length, it offers more cargo space than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.


DYNAMICS

An all-new platform exclusively for electrified vehicles
There will be no combustion engine-only Niro. Its all-new platform has been engineered exclusively for electrified vehicles and has been designed to accommodate present and future electrical components within a compact vehicle footprint with minimal intrusion into the spacious interior and luggage area.

The structure is particularly strong and includes 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel, which ensures that rigidity and safety do not compromise weight. This is aided by extensive use of aluminium for the bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and several chassis elements, including the front knuckles, front lower arms, and brake calipers. The aluminium bonnet and tailgate alone save 11kg when compared with comparable steel components. The front seats save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of their high-density foam, while specially profiled springs and pads provide high levels of thigh, hip and side support.

As a result of all of this, the e-Niro’s kerbside weight is 1,667kg on the 39kWh edition and 1,812kg on the 64kWh versions. To ensure body integrity and rigidity in critical areas, hot-stamped steel is used to reinforce the A- and B-pillars, roof rails and wheel arches.

The battery pack is housed underneath the floor, which allows for a larger boot compared to the parallel hybrid and PHEV versions of the Niro.

No compromises in safety, comfort, and refinement
By re-engineering some existing components, Kia has endowed the e-Niro, Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a unique chassis specifically designed for electrified vehicles, while ensuring they are the equal of the brand's other compact models for ride comfort, handling and refinement.

The driving characteristics begin with fully independent suspension all round, based on MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement with dual lower arms at the rear. It has been tuned to deliver maximum on-centre steering feel, high-speed stability, and immediate response to steering inputs. Because each rear wheel can absorb bumps independently, shocks are less likely to be transmitted to the cabin than with a cheaper torsion beam rear axle, while the wide stance and low centre of gravity enhance stability.

Capitalising on the experience gained through the development of two generations of Optima Hybrid (neither sold in the UK), the Soul EV and the Niro and Optima PHEVs, Kia has been able to give the e-Niro consistent and linear deceleration and brake feel unusual in an electrified car. All-disc brakes are used, ventilated at the front, and there is a dashboard-mounted electric parking brake. The anti-lock braking system includes Brake Assist, which ensures maximum retardation in an emergency stop, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver.

Steering is via Kia's proven column-mounted motor-driven power-assisted system (C-MDPS), which gives the car a compact turning circle of 10.6 metres and requires less than 2.7 turns of the wheel between the extremes of lock. The steering gear has been mounted well forward and features an increased gear ratio and a larger electric motor for greater self-centring and responsiveness. Agility is also helped by aluminium front suspension knuckles, lower arms and brake calipers, all of which save weight and counter inertia.

Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, which collectively control skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, are standard, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on gradients.

Passive safety provisions start with the rigidity of the body structure, which is reinforced in critical areas and features crumple zones front and rear and anti-intrusion beams at the sides. There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver's knees; all-round height-adjustable headrests; height-adjustable front seat belts with an automatic tightening device in the event of emergency braking; ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors; and doors which unlock automatically after an impact.

Road noise is minimised by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches and additional insulation in the A- and B-pillars. The low drag co-efficient (Cd) of 0.29 contributes towards the suppression of wind noise, aided by windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covers over the holes in the roof rails, which sit flush with the bodywork.


POWERPLANT
The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance zero tailpipe emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a choice of two next-generation electric powertrains, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a choice of two power outputs, both featuring a lithium-ion battery pack. The 39kWh version manages 180 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions, while on the WLTP city cycle, it can travel up to 251 miles. The 39kWh battery pack is paired with a 134bhp (100kW) electric motor that produces 395Nm of torque and allows the e-Niro to accelerate to 60mph in a pleasing 9.5 seconds. The high-powered 64kWh edition provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, and up to 382 miles when measured on the WLTP city cycle. The long-distance 64kWh battery pack is combined with a 201bhp (150kW) electric motor that packs 395Nm of torque and enabling it to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the e-Niro is front-wheel-drive.

The lithium-ion polymer battery system is mounted under the floor, between the two axles, and is liquid-cooled. The 39kWh version operates at 327 volts, has a capacity of 120 Ah and has a total battery weight of 317kgs. Understandably, the high capacity 64kWh edition is heavier at 457kgs, but operates at 356 volts and has a capacity of 180 Ah.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies
The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car’s range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while predictive driving assistance technologies use navigation information to adjust the level of energy regeneration, depending on upcoming road conditions.

Although the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between five levels of energy regeneration: ‘Off’, ‘Level 1’, ‘Level 2’, ‘Level 3’ and ‘One Pedal’. The higher the level chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest, with ‘Level 1’ offering the lowest and ‘Level 3’ offering greater levels of energy regeneration. ‘One Pedal’ mode enables the maximum level of brake energy regeneration, and, in general driving, enables the driver to control the e-Niro’s speed simply by modulating the accelerator. As the driver takes their foot off the accelerator, coasting is replaced by a moderate braking effect to harness more kinetic energy – though heavier deceleration may still require braking input from the driver.

An auto regeneration mode is also available, enabling the vehicle to adjust the level of kinetic energy regeneration by itself depending on traffic conditions, using the cameras from the Smart Cruise Control system.

The instrument cluster also displays the number of miles ‘saved’ by the e-Niro’s energy harvesting systems on each trip or charge.

The e-Niro's Electronic Parking Brake (EPB, is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Eco, Eco+, Normal and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater battery energy efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Eco+ mode adjusts the maximum vehicle speed and energy-consuming systems to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the electric motor with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the Kia e-Niro’s engaging handling character to the fore.

Low centre of gravity with fully independent suspension for stable ride and handling
The Kia Niro was engineered from the start to accommodate a specific range of hybrid and fully electric powertrains. The e-Niro's ride and handling were therefore always readily adaptable to the introduction of an all-electric powertrain.

The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving the crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro offers drivers maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads, and minimal body roll under cornering. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high stability and immediate handling responses, and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces.

The e-Niro's regenerative brakes – 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear – exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

The e-Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The e-Niro boasts an even lower drag co-efficient (0.29 Cd) than Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models (0.30 Cd), suppressing wind noise and enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency. This is aided by windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially-profiled door mirror casings and covers over the holes in the roof rails – which sit flush on the bodywork. Road noise is minimised further by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches, to reduce high frequency vibrations around the rear of the car and additional sound insulation material in the A- and B-pillars.

Recycling more heat: Kia turns up EV efficiency with new heat pump technology
Kia’s heat pump is a leading heat management innovation that maximizes the distance that electric vehicles can travel on a single charge, scavenging waste heat to warm the cabin. It enables EV drivers to heat their car’s cabin in cold weather without significantly impacting electric driving range, unlike rivals. The heat pump is available of the ‘4+’ grade.

Kia’s heat pump technology made its debut six years ago on the first-generation Kia Soul EV. It meant the Soul EV’s 112 miles electric range was protected in cold weather driving conditions.

Since then, the industry-leading heat pump technology has been developed further for new EVs from Kia. It now harvests significantly more energy by recycling additional waste heat not only from power electrics modules (such as drive motors, on-board chargers, and inverters), but also from the battery pack and slow charger.

The system uses the heat generated by these components to vaporise refrigerant from liquid to gas form. High-pressure gas is discharged from the compressor and forced into a condenser to be converted back into a liquid. This process generates additional heat energy that is recovered by the heat pump and used to warm the cabin.

This captured energy improves the efficiency of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, recycling it to heat up the cabin more efficiently and minimise battery power consumption. By reducing the load on the battery, the heat pump cuts energy consumption from the HVAC system, maximising the available electric driving range of the car.

Kia continues to develop its heat pump technology to yield even greater improvements in energy capture and efficiency. The system has been gradually refined since its 2014 introduction through extreme cold weather testing in Northern Sweden, where temperatures can get as low as -35°C (-31°F) in the winter. By testing in extreme cold temperatures, research engineers have identified additional ways to recycle as much waste heat as possible to increase the efficiency of the heat pump system. Testing the technology in these conditions ensures the heat pump is capable of operating in even the coldest environments.

Battery pack heat management enhances electric vehicle driving range
The heat pump is one of a number of innovations found in Kia’s current generation of EVs, with heat management also used to realise major improvements in EV battery packs.

A water-cooling system for Kia’s EV battery packs, rather than conventional air cooling, have yielded further increases in range without increasing physical dimensions. This development means battery cells can be packaged much more tightly, with water-cooling channels taking up less space than air-cooling channels, increasing battery density by up to 35 percent.

This innovation means the latest EVs from Kia offer around twice as much driving range and battery capacity compared to the their first-generation EVs – and are capable of travelling significantly further on a single charge. For example, the first-generation Soul EV offered owners an electric driving range of around 112 miles from a single charge of its 30kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The second-generation Soul EV, with a 64kWh battery occupying a similar amount of space, is capable of traveling up to 241 miles on a single charge.

A study carried out by Korea’s Ministry of the Environment on the e-Niro found that the heat pump significantly reduced battery consumption in cold conditions. When each car was driven in temperatures of -7°C (19°F) with the HVAC system activated, they were able to maintain 90 per cent of their driving range compared to journeys undertaken at an ambient 26°C (79°F) – setting a new benchmark for other EVs. By contrast, many EVs offered by other manufacturers saw their total electric driving range drop by between 18 and 43 percent under the same test conditions.

Further development of heat pump technology
Kia continues to hone and improve the heat pump system and other heat management innovations, with the technologies forming an important part of the development of next-generation EVs. Kia’s mid- to long-term strategy, dubbed ‘Plan S’, will see the brand’s line-up grow to 11 EVs by 2025.

Charging times
Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 per cent only takes 54 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger, no matter whether the 39kWh or 64kWh iteration is chosen. Using a 50kW DC charger, the e-Niro 39kWh charges to 80 per cent in 57 minutes, while the 64kWh version takes 75 minutes. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located at the front of the car, underneath a flap that is integrated into the aerodynamically-optimised ‘tiger nose’ grille. Two battery charging cables are supplied with the e-Niro; one with a standard three-pin plug allowing the car to be connected to a domestic socket and a Type 2 to Type 2 cable for connection to a public or workplace charging point.

New for summer 2020 is a three-phase 11kW AC charger, which comes as standard on the flagship e-Niro ‘4+’. This can charge the e-Niro from 0 to 100 per cent in 7 hours.

Engine power, performance, driving range and CO2 emissions

Model

Power
bhp

Torque
Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed
mph

CO2 g/km

‘2’ 39 kWh lithium-ion auto

134

395

9.5

96

0

‘3’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

0

‘4+’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

0

 

        

TECHNOLOGY
While e-Niro ‘2’ models feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen system, grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ versions come equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation system, with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel. These are linked to a reversing camera integrated with the navigation screen. It also features Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live. This provides live traffic updates, refreshed once a minute, with suggested alternative routes to avoid congestion; local weather forecasts; local searches under 500 categories, from Kia dealerships and petrol stations to restaurants and supermarkets; and alerts for such things as speed cameras and accident blackspots. Kia Connected Services is free for seven years from the day the car is bought.

At the heart of the e-Niro’s dashboard is Kia’s 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen system on grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ models, featuring Kia’s UVO CONNECT telematics system. UVO CONNECT puts a raft of information at owners’ fingertips, including live traffic, weather, and parking availability. For the e-Niro, UVO CONNECT also provides vehicle charging information, including charging station locations, charger availability, and connection compatibility. The system can also be accessed via a UVO smartphone app, providing remote access to a range of vehicle functions. This includes the ability to remotely activate the climate control system, to pre-heat or pre-cool the car before a journey. Users can also remotely stop or resume vehicle charging, enabling them to take advantage of cheaper overnight electricity tariffs if charging from a domestic source.  

The infotainment system on all versions of the e-Niro allows smartphone users access to both Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM. Android AutoTM works with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher and connects the user's smartphone to the car's infotainment system. Through pre-downloaded apps, it then gives access to a variety of services such as Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and text messages and voice recognition. Apple CarPlayTM functions with iPhone 5 or newer and enables full Siri voice control of the phone's apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps or Google Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.

The e-Niro is Bluetooth®-enabled for hands-free phone calls and music streaming and has a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility, while an eight-speaker 320-watt JBL audio system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is standard equipment on the top-of-the-range ‘4+’ model.

There is also a wireless mobile phone charger on grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ iterations, located in the centre console tray, which uses inductive charging to power the batteries of compatible electronic devices. Occupants are therefore able to recharge mobile phones or MP3 players without the inconvenience of wires and connectors, which frequently change when new devices are introduced. The wireless charger features foreign object detection, switches on automatically when a phone is placed upon it and displays the phone's charge status in the instrument cluster. An in-built safety system prevents overheating, while drivers and passengers are warned if they are about to leave the car with the phone still on the charging pad.

 

SAFETY
All versions of the e-Niro feature a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience. There is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Lane Follows Assist (LFA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go and a Speed Limiter. On ‘4+’ editions, there’s also the addition of Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Preventive safety
The Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection system brings the car to a halt if the driver fails to react to a potential accident. It uses short- and long-wave radars to monitor the proximity of vehicles and pedestrians in front of the car. If the sensors detect an imminent collision and the driver does not respond, the brakes are applied automatically. The system is split into three main categories:

City, which can avoid low-speed urban accidents at up to 13mph.

Inter-Urban, which operates between 31mph and 50mph.

Pedestrian, which detects pedestrians and other vulnerable road users such as cyclists at up to 44mph. 

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a camera behind the rear-view mirror to 'film' the lane ahead of the car. It then passes this information to an electronic control unit which detects the lane and markings. If the control unit recognises that the car has moved out of its lane with no indicators activated, it issues sound and visual alerts to the driver and steers the car back into the lane, if necessary.


SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS
New for the 2021 model year is a well-specified three-model e-Niro line-up, encompassing grade ‘2’, level ‘3’ and a top-of-the-range ‘4+’ edition, with the ‘+’ moniker symbolising that it incorporates an AC 11kW three-phase charger, the first time that it has been offered as standard on the e-Niro.

The e-Niro ‘2’ builds on the high specification of the Hybrid and PHEV ‘2’ models by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch full TFT Colour Display Cluster, chrome beltline mouldings, a powered driver’s seat lumbar support, a charging indicator on the dashboard, battery heating system and an engine start/stop button with Smart Entry System.

This is in addition to black part cloth and leather upholstery, high gloss black trim for the steering wheel, lower console, door inserts, and centre fascia and a leather trimmed steering wheel and door armrests. The rear seats fold down in a 60:40 fashion, and there’s a luggage area load cover and luggage net hooks provided as standard. Up front, there’s a matt black radiator grille, black side sill and wheelarch body mouldings to match and chrome coated exterior door handles.

Automatic air conditioning is included, in addition to all-round electric windows with driver and front passenger automatic up and down functionality, an electric parking brake (EPB) with autohold, Adaptive Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go, a speed limiter and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Automatic headlight control, rain sensing front wipers, electrically folding, adjustment and heated door mirrors with LED indicators are also included, along with privacy glass, a rear spoiler and roof rails. Shining the way ahead are projection headlights, with LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and rear combination lamps that incorporate LED technology.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen display dominates the centre console, which includes Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM smartphone compatibility, as well as Bluetooth® with music streaming. The DAB radio includes MP3 compatibility, steering wheel controls and six-speakers, along with a pair of USB ports, one of which is a fast charger. A reversing camera system is integrated into the touchscreen and is combined with the convenience of rear parking sensors.

A Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn’t reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally. Driver Attention Warning (DAW) guards against tiredness on the move and alerts the driver should the car’s electronics detect any sign of drowsiness, prompting the driver to take a break.

Other life-saving safety equipment included on all e-Niro models includes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Smart Cruise Control (SSC) with stop and go works in association with all of the other safety systems on the car to keep a safe distance from the car in front, slowing down and speeding up automatically according to the flow of the traffic. If another vehicle cuts in front, the system will automatically brake and adjust the speed of the e-Niro until a safe distance is once again achieved. Seven airbags are included as standard, including a knee airbag for the driver, while the front passenger airbag can be disabled via a cut-off switch. ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers and Anchor Fixings are included, too, so that child car seats can be fitted.

Move up to ‘3’ specification and there’s the addition of black full leather upholstery, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, wireless mobile phone charger for Qi-equipped smartphones and aluminium door scuff plates.

In-car entertainment has never been more important, and that’s why the e-Niro ‘3’ is fitted with latest 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). In addition, Kia Connected Services includes TomTom® Live that incorporates traffic, speed cameras, local search and weather updates. UVO CONNECT puts a raft of information at owners’ fingertips, including live traffic, weather, and parking availability. UVO CONNECT also provides vehicle charging information, including charging station locations, charger availability, and connection compatibility. The system can also be accessed via a UVO smartphone app, providing remote access to a range of vehicle functions.

At the pinnacle of the 2021 model year range, the e-Niro ‘4+’ boasts a one-touch tilting and sliding power sunroof, LED headlights with bi-function projection, memory functionality for the driver’s seat and door mirrors, heated outer rear seats and ventilated front seats. There’s ambient lighting, aluminium pedals, an 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker and front parking sensors. Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) also features, in addition to the AC 11kW three-phase charger.

 

WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The e-Niro is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 

FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT
 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the e-Niro to Kia in the UK?
The launch of Kia’s second electric vehicle in Europe delivers a clear message that Kia is serious about its environmental responsibilities. The launch of the e-Niro, a vehicle that has a class-leading range of 282 miles on the high powered edition, adds to the choice that buyers have, with three carefully-focussed Niro models to suit different budgets, needs and priorities – e-Niro, Niro PHEV and Niro Hybrid.

What sales targets have you set for the new e-Niro for the UK market?
We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the e-Niro to build on the achievements of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV so far and continue to account for a significant sales volume of electrified vehicles here in the UK. Looking at the sales statistics up until the end of September 2018, we have already exceeded the figures achieved during 2017, when we sold more than 4,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and 296 Niro PHEV models. Bear in mind that the Niro PHEV only went on sale on 1st September 2017, and so was only on sale for one-third of the year.

What does 2020 hold for the Kia brand in the UK?
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.

The first year of the new decade is going, and has, presented a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.

Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.

Which vehicles are hitting a chord with UK buyers currently?
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.

2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.

Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

What is the importance to Kia of electric vehicles?
The electric market is growing rapidly, not just in the UK but in Europe, too, and we want a share of it. But of greater significance, is that all manufacturers are required to lower average CO2 emissions to 95g/km or less in Europe by 2020/21, and electric and electrified vehicles are essential to achieve this. We also have our own internal targets of a 25 per cent reduction in average CO2 emissions, based on 2014 levels, by 2020.

Why do you offer electric, PHEV and hybrid Niro models?
We believe in giving customers choice in cutting-edge technology, with different degrees of electrification being suited to a wide range of customers. And while there is a growing number of buyers wanting to buy into the technology and demonstrate their environmental credentials, not all our customer’s lifestyles allow them to run a pure electric vehicle. For that reason, we also offer plug-in hybrid technology that allows zero tailpipe emissions running, together with the back-up of a combustion engine to allow the coverage of longer distances when required. And our Niro dedicated parallel hybrid delivers efficiency gains to reduce running costs at relatively little expense.

What level of sales is Niro achieving in the UK, and is it mostly a fleet or retail car?
The Niro is another of Kia’s success stories, and in 2019, we sold over 9,000 examples, more than double the previous year. The vast majority of PHEV registrations will be to fleets, for obvious cost and taxation benefit reasons, but both private and fleet buyers alike are attracted to the competitive running costs of the Niro Hybrid.

Is the e-Niro on sale at every Kia dealership, and can all dealers service it because of the extra safety demands when working with electric components?
Every Kia dealer has at least one technician plus a Kia Master Technician trained in handling the high-voltage systems associated with electrified cars, so the e-Niro will be sold at, and can be serviced at, any Kia dealership in the UK. Model-specific training is provided at two-day courses to coincide with the launch of each new Kia electric vehicle.

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GENERAL

Kia New e-Niro - Updated June 2020

THE KIA e-NIRO ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                                  

General

  • Choice of 134bhp (100kW) and 201bhp (150kW) pure electric drivetrains
  • Up to 282miles driving range (combined) or 382 miles in a city environment on high powered variants
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in just 54 minutes using a 100kW charger, and with a 50kW charger, the battery can be replenished to 80 per cent in 75 minutes for 64kWh versions and just 57 minutes on the 39kWh edition
  • Really delivers in a market that is set to grow enormously over the coming years
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends in the motoring world – crossover styling with electrification
  • Three high-specification versions – ‘2’, ‘3’ and a feature-rich grade ‘4+’ model
  • ‘4+’ version includes an AC 11kW three-phase charger for the first time
  • A more upscale, high quality interior introduced earlier in 2020, including an all-new 10.25-inch touchscreen with UVO CONNECT standard on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’
  • Underfloor position of the batteries ensures a no-compromise approach to interior space

 

Body

  • Based on a platform that has been exclusively developed for electrified cars
  • Five-door, five-seater front-wheel-drive crossover
  • At 4,375mm long, slots between the Ceed hatchback and Sportage SUV in size
  • The batteries are located under the floor for low centre of gravity and a satisfying driving experience
  • Made up of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel
  • Bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and chassis components are all made of aluminium to save weight
  • Signature design cues like the aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille ensures e-Niro is easily recognisable as a Kia. The grille handily doubles up as a neatly integrated charging point
  • Revised styling clearly identifies the e-Niro apart from the Niro Hybrid and PHEV
  • e-Niro takes inspiration from the Niro EV Concept car unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
  • Redesigned air intakes and striking new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights
  • New LED headlights with bi-function projection available on the e-Niro ‘4+’

 

Interior

  • Upmarket cabin, incorporating Kia’s first rotary gear selector
  • Long, 2,700mm wheelbase and width of 1,805mm create ample space for five adults
  • Shapely front seats save 1.3kg each and offer excellent all-round support 
  • Dashboard split into upper display area and lower control area with fewer, simpler switches
  • Horizontal trim line on dashboard emphasises width and space inside
  • Luxurious soft-touch materials and trim details attest to high-quality fit and finish
  • Boot capacity enhanced from 324 to 451 litres compared with Niro PHEV due to under floor mounted battery pack

 

Technology and safety

  • Wireless phone charger included on e-Niro ‘3’ and ‘4+’ for Qi-equipped smartphones
  • On grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’, a new, larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live, providing speed camera, weather, traffic, and local point of interest information. UVO CONNECT puts a raft of information at the owners’ fingertips
  • Reversing camera system and rear parking sensors included as standard
  • Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM is standard equipment on all versions, giving access to navigation, music, hands-free calls and text messaging and voice recognition through smartphone apps
  • Advanced active safety technologies include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection (FCA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Uprated eight-speaker 320-watt JBL® premium sound system on e-Niro ‘4+’

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  • Class-leading driving range of 282 miles on 64kWh models (180 miles on 39kWh e-Niro ‘2’)
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in as little as 54 minutes
  • Clean zero tailpipe emissions motoring
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends – crossover styling with electrification
  • Unique styling cues help to differentiate the e-Niro from the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid  
  • Three well-kitted out, high-specification, feature-rich grades – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’  

The e-Niro is Kia's second globally sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model made its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Since 2018, more than 10,000 e-Niros have been sold in Europe.

Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Created at Kia's design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the e-Niro incorporates the practicality and appeal of a crossover in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The Kia e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a 'Clean and High-tech' design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a de-bossed Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

The closed 'tiger-nose' grille design is housed within a newly designed front bumper, giving the car a clear family identity, while aiding aerodynamic performance, and providing a sleek and purposeful character to the front of the vehicle.

In profile, the slim character line, tapered rear windows and sturdy sill line help to emphasise and elongate the car's sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. All models in the e-Niro line-up ride on the same five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish.

At the back, a redesigned rear bumper features similar blue trim highlights to those found at the front of the car. A bold LED rear light design gives the e-Niro the same distinct and recognisable rear light signature as its Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid siblings.

The Kia e-Niro is available in a selection of five contemporary paint colours, one of which is unique to the e-Niro, called Yacht Blue.

Modern interior with dedicated electric powertrain technologies and crossover utility
Inside the Kia e-Niro, the cabin combines a modern design with generous space and technologies that complement its zero-tailpipe emissions powertrain. The interior is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, drive mode select, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. On grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’, it also incorporates the heated seats and heated steering wheel switches. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The dashboard features bright blue trim around the air vents, echoing the trim highlights found on the outside of the car. New high-gloss black and blue trim also lines the doors of the e-Niro, further enhancing the futuristic atmosphere of the cabin. The shelf at the base of the instrument panel features a wireless charger for Qi-equipped smartphones on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’.

On grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ versions, the new 10.25-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch TFT colour instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car's charging status at a glance when charging.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375mm in length, it offers more cargo space – 451 litres (VDA) – than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.

282-mile driving range from next-generation all-electric powertrain
The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero tailpipe emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a choice of two power outputs, both featuring a lithium-ion battery pack. The 39kWh version manages 180 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions, while on the WLTP city cycle, it can travel up to 251 miles. The 39kWh battery pack is paired with a 134bhp (100kW) electric motor that produces 395Nm of torque and allows the e-Niro to accelerate to 60mph in a pleasing 9.5 seconds. The high-powered 64kWh edition provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, and up to 382 miles when measured on the WLTP city cycle. The long-distance 64kWh battery pack is combined with a 201bhp (150kW) electric motor that packs 395Nm of torque and enabling it to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the e-Niro is front-wheel-drive.

Enhancements to the award-winning formula for 2020
Ever since the Kia e-Niro made its debut in 2018, it has been queuing up to accept awards from well-respected, influential industry commentators. But even with an ever-growing list of accolades, there’s no room for the e-Niro to rest on its laurels, and for 2020, it has been made even better than before. A more upscale, high-quality interior is joined by a choice of three trim levels – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’, which replaces the high specification ‘4’ grade and ‘First Edition’ previously available. Its standard equipment list is lengthy, and highlights include a new updated 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with telematics and UVO Connect Services on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’ and LED headlights with bi-function projection, ambient lighting and a battery heating system on level ‘4+’ models. The updated range for summer 2020 also sees the introduction of a great value ‘2’ grade with a 39kWh electric motor. It’s the first time that the lower powered electric motor version has been offered in the UK, giving buyers even more choice and a substantially lower entry price.

 

DESIGN AND PACKAGING
Bespoke electric vehicles, as opposed to those developed from a purely combustion-engined car, have traditionally involved compromises in design, mainly to achieve the lowest air-drag co-efficient figure possible. That is why the majority have adopted a tear-drop hatchback profile – practical and efficient, but uninspiring and not what customers demand in a market increasingly attuned to SUVs and crossovers.

Kia was adamant it could overcome the design limitations of other electric vehicles without sacrificing practicality, versatility, and aerodynamic efficiency. The result is the e-Niro, part of a range of Niro hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric vehicles, with a modern, attractive crossover body style and ample room for five people plus their luggage. The remarkable feat is that this has been achieved in the e-Niro with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29, despite the standard roof rails.

To make this possible, Kia designers took a reverse approach during the creation of Niro: design an attractive, sporty, stylish, and tough-looking crossover, then fine-tune the aerodynamics to suit the requirements of an electric vehicle. This novel way of going about things has resulted in a crossover which is appealing, but which is also a highly efficient electric vehicle.

Exterior styling
The design of e-Niro was a joint effort between Kia's studios at Namyang in Korea and Irvine, California. The car features the subtly sculpted surfaces and sharp lines that are now Kia design hallmarks. A wide stance gives pointers to the car's stability and low centre of gravity, while a long bonnet, short overhangs, elevated headlights, and a rising shoulder line are other Kia distinguishing features. The body tapers towards the rear, where bold wheel arches, a re-profiled bumper, and the high-mounted C-shaped taillight clusters emphasise the crossover stance. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic ‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a ‘de-bossed’ Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with light-blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

From any angle, the car exudes dynamism and strength. The body line linking the roof, glasshouse and bonnet adds crossover-style volume to the car, while a wide bumper with bold lines and the now-familiar aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille add a distinctive Kia family look. In profile, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasise the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The e-Niro rides on five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish. At the back, reshaped rear bumpers feature similar light blue highlights to those found at the front of the car, while new LED rear lights give the e-Niro its own light signature.

There are air curtains, like gills, in the front corners of the car. These channel air away from the front wheel arches to reduce turbulence in those areas, again to aid aerodynamic efficiency. The roof leads into a rear spoiler to direct air over the car in the most efficient manner.

The tailgate area is clean-looking and sits over a diffuser which aids airflow under the car. The C-shaped LED rear lamps are mounted immediately beneath the tailgate glass, while the contours of the wide and deep tailgate emphasise the smooth aerodynamic shape. Even the location of the standard rear-vision camera reduces drag: it is housed within the rear wiper mounting so as not to impede air exiting the rear. The rear corners of the car have been refined in minute detail to reduce drag without worsening visibility. There are specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covered holes in the roof rails, which sit flush on the bodywork.

The e-Niro has a specification that includes chrome-coated exterior door handles, chrome belt-line mouldings, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps and body-coloured and high-gloss door mirrors with LED indicators.

Modern interior with EV-specific technologies and crossover utility
The ergonomic fascia and information clusters follow what is becoming a modern theme for Kia, starting with a wide dashboard set out on horizontal lines. There is an upper display sector with the instrument panel and infotainment screen at the same height for instant, easier reading, separated by a cabin-wide trim line from the lower control area, where the heating and ventilation and driver assistance switches are located.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, drive mode selector, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. On ‘3’ and ‘4+’ models, the buttons for the heated seats and heated steering wheel are also incorporated. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The five-seat e-Niro has an electric parking brake to release more space for oddments in the centre console and is fitted with a tyre mobility kit rather than a spare wheel to reduce weight, and ensure the boot is as large as possible. Space-saving front seats with special foam-backed covers and slim headrests contribute to the car's exceptional roominess and also save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of high-density foam and profiled springs and pads.

The cabin combines modern design with generous space and technologies that complement the zero-tailpipe emissions powertrain. The interior of the e-Niro is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements. The dashboard features a new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of the centre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.

Standard on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’, the 10.25-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch TFT colour instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

The redesigned centre console creates more storage space at the base of the dashboard for smaller items – including a wireless smartphone charger on grades ‘3’ and ‘4+’. There is smart black leather upholstery (part cloth and leather on grade ‘2’), high-gloss black inserts on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector and satin chrome interior door handles further attest to the car's quality.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car’s charge status at a glance from outside the car.

Aerodynamic considerations posed many challenges for the teams tasked with e-Niro's packaging. It was determined early on that e-Niro would be a compact hybrid crossover – shorter than the Sportage SUV, but longer than the Ceed hatchback. There had to be a limit on height to reduce drag, but this was not to be at the expense of a raised seating position. And space, versatility, ease of entrance and visibility were not to suffer in any way. The result is one of Kia's most efficiently packaged cars ever.

Thanks to the long, 2,700mm wheelbase there is generous space for five people. There is up to 1,059mm of legroom in the front and 950mm in the rear; the class-leading headroom of up to 1,018mm in front and 993mm behind is greater than in many C-segment SUVs; and the 1,805mm wide body provides 1,423mm of shoulder room for the two front occupants and only slightly less, at 1,402mm, in the rear.

One major difference with the e-Niro is that luggage capacity has been enhanced compared to its hybrid and PHEV counterparts, with 451 litres of space with all five seats occupied. This compares to 382 litres on the Hybrid and 324 litres for the PHEV. The boot expands to 1,405 litres – up from the 1,380 litres of the Niro parallel hybrid and 1,322 of the PHEV – with the 60/40 split rear seats folded.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375 mm in length, it offers more cargo space than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.


DYNAMICS

An all-new platform exclusively for electrified vehicles
There will be no combustion engine-only Niro. Its all-new platform has been engineered exclusively for electrified vehicles and has been designed to accommodate present and future electrical components within a compact vehicle footprint with minimal intrusion into the spacious interior and luggage area.

The structure is particularly strong and includes 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel, which ensures that rigidity and safety do not compromise weight. This is aided by extensive use of aluminium for the bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and several chassis elements, including the front knuckles, front lower arms, and brake calipers. The aluminium bonnet and tailgate alone save 11kg when compared with comparable steel components. The front seats save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of their high-density foam, while specially profiled springs and pads provide high levels of thigh, hip and side support.

As a result of all of this, the e-Niro’s kerbside weight is 1,667kg on the 39kWh edition and 1,812kg on the 64kWh versions. To ensure body integrity and rigidity in critical areas, hot-stamped steel is used to reinforce the A- and B-pillars, roof rails and wheel arches.

The battery pack is housed underneath the floor, which allows for a larger boot compared to the parallel hybrid and PHEV versions of the Niro.

No compromises in safety, comfort, and refinement
By re-engineering some existing components, Kia has endowed the e-Niro, Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a unique chassis specifically designed for electrified vehicles, while ensuring they are the equal of the brand's other compact models for ride comfort, handling and refinement.

The driving characteristics begin with fully independent suspension all round, based on MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement with dual lower arms at the rear. It has been tuned to deliver maximum on-centre steering feel, high-speed stability, and immediate response to steering inputs. Because each rear wheel can absorb bumps independently, shocks are less likely to be transmitted to the cabin than with a cheaper torsion beam rear axle, while the wide stance and low centre of gravity enhance stability.

Capitalising on the experience gained through the development of two generations of Optima Hybrid (neither sold in the UK), the Soul EV and the Niro and Optima PHEVs, Kia has been able to give the e-Niro consistent and linear deceleration and brake feel unusual in an electrified car. All-disc brakes are used, ventilated at the front, and there is a dashboard-mounted electric parking brake. The anti-lock braking system includes Brake Assist, which ensures maximum retardation in an emergency stop, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver.

Steering is via Kia's proven column-mounted motor-driven power-assisted system (C-MDPS), which gives the car a compact turning circle of 10.6 metres and requires less than 2.7 turns of the wheel between the extremes of lock. The steering gear has been mounted well forward and features an increased gear ratio and a larger electric motor for greater self-centring and responsiveness. Agility is also helped by aluminium front suspension knuckles, lower arms and brake calipers, all of which save weight and counter inertia.

Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, which collectively control skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, are standard, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on gradients.

Passive safety provisions start with the rigidity of the body structure, which is reinforced in critical areas and features crumple zones front and rear and anti-intrusion beams at the sides. There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver's knees; all-round height-adjustable headrests; height-adjustable front seat belts with an automatic tightening device in the event of emergency braking; ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors; and doors which unlock automatically after an impact.

Road noise is minimised by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches and additional insulation in the A- and B-pillars. The low drag co-efficient (Cd) of 0.29 contributes towards the suppression of wind noise, aided by windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covers over the holes in the roof rails, which sit flush with the bodywork.


POWERPLANT
The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance zero tailpipe emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a choice of two next-generation electric powertrains, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a choice of two power outputs, both featuring a lithium-ion battery pack. The 39kWh version manages 180 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions, while on the WLTP city cycle, it can travel up to 251 miles. The 39kWh battery pack is paired with a 134bhp (100kW) electric motor that produces 395Nm of torque and allows the e-Niro to accelerate to 60mph in a pleasing 9.5 seconds. The high-powered 64kWh edition provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, and up to 382 miles when measured on the WLTP city cycle. The long-distance 64kWh battery pack is combined with a 201bhp (150kW) electric motor that packs 395Nm of torque and enabling it to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the e-Niro is front-wheel-drive.

The lithium-ion polymer battery system is mounted under the floor, between the two axles, and is liquid-cooled. The 39kWh version operates at 327 volts, has a capacity of 120 Ah and has a total battery weight of 317kgs. Understandably, the high capacity 64kWh edition is heavier at 457kgs, but operates at 356 volts and has a capacity of 180 Ah.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies
The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car’s range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while predictive driving assistance technologies use navigation information to adjust the level of energy regeneration, depending on upcoming road conditions.

Although the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between five levels of energy regeneration: ‘Off’, ‘Level 1’, ‘Level 2’, ‘Level 3’ and ‘One Pedal’. The higher the level chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest, with ‘Level 1’ offering the lowest and ‘Level 3’ offering greater levels of energy regeneration. ‘One Pedal’ mode enables the maximum level of brake energy regeneration, and, in general driving, enables the driver to control the e-Niro’s speed simply by modulating the accelerator. As the driver takes their foot off the accelerator, coasting is replaced by a moderate braking effect to harness more kinetic energy – though heavier deceleration may still require braking input from the driver.

An auto regeneration mode is also available, enabling the vehicle to adjust the level of kinetic energy regeneration by itself depending on traffic conditions, using the cameras from the Smart Cruise Control system.

The instrument cluster also displays the number of miles ‘saved’ by the e-Niro’s energy harvesting systems on each trip or charge.

The e-Niro's Electronic Parking Brake (EPB, is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Eco, Eco+, Normal and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater battery energy efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Eco+ mode adjusts the maximum vehicle speed and energy-consuming systems to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the electric motor with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the Kia e-Niro’s engaging handling character to the fore.

Low centre of gravity with fully independent suspension for stable ride and handling
The Kia Niro was engineered from the start to accommodate a specific range of hybrid and fully electric powertrains. The e-Niro's ride and handling were therefore always readily adaptable to the introduction of an all-electric powertrain.

The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving the crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro offers drivers maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads, and minimal body roll under cornering. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high stability and immediate handling responses, and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces.

The e-Niro's regenerative brakes – 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear – exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

The e-Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The e-Niro boasts an even lower drag co-efficient (0.29 Cd) than Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models (0.30 Cd), suppressing wind noise and enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency. This is aided by windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially-profiled door mirror casings and covers over the holes in the roof rails – which sit flush on the bodywork. Road noise is minimised further by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches, to reduce high frequency vibrations around the rear of the car and additional sound insulation material in the A- and B-pillars.

Recycling more heat: Kia turns up EV efficiency with new heat pump technology
Kia’s heat pump is a leading heat management innovation that maximizes the distance that electric vehicles can travel on a single charge, scavenging waste heat to warm the cabin. It enables EV drivers to heat their car’s cabin in cold weather without significantly impacting electric driving range, unlike rivals. The heat pump is available of the ‘4+’ grade.

Kia’s heat pump technology made its debut six years ago on the first-generation Kia Soul EV. It meant the Soul EV’s 112 miles electric range was protected in cold weather driving conditions.

Since then, the industry-leading heat pump technology has been developed further for new EVs from Kia. It now harvests significantly more energy by recycling additional waste heat not only from power electrics modules (such as drive motors, on-board chargers, and inverters), but also from the battery pack and slow charger.

The system uses the heat generated by these components to vaporise refrigerant from liquid to gas form. High-pressure gas is discharged from the compressor and forced into a condenser to be converted back into a liquid. This process generates additional heat energy that is recovered by the heat pump and used to warm the cabin.

This captured energy improves the efficiency of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, recycling it to heat up the cabin more efficiently and minimise battery power consumption. By reducing the load on the battery, the heat pump cuts energy consumption from the HVAC system, maximising the available electric driving range of the car.

Kia continues to develop its heat pump technology to yield even greater improvements in energy capture and efficiency. The system has been gradually refined since its 2014 introduction through extreme cold weather testing in Northern Sweden, where temperatures can get as low as -35°C (-31°F) in the winter. By testing in extreme cold temperatures, research engineers have identified additional ways to recycle as much waste heat as possible to increase the efficiency of the heat pump system. Testing the technology in these conditions ensures the heat pump is capable of operating in even the coldest environments.

Battery pack heat management enhances electric vehicle driving range
The heat pump is one of a number of innovations found in Kia’s current generation of EVs, with heat management also used to realise major improvements in EV battery packs.

A water-cooling system for Kia’s EV battery packs, rather than conventional air cooling, have yielded further increases in range without increasing physical dimensions. This development means battery cells can be packaged much more tightly, with water-cooling channels taking up less space than air-cooling channels, increasing battery density by up to 35 percent.

This innovation means the latest EVs from Kia offer around twice as much driving range and battery capacity compared to the their first-generation EVs – and are capable of travelling significantly further on a single charge. For example, the first-generation Soul EV offered owners an electric driving range of around 112 miles from a single charge of its 30kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. The second-generation Soul EV, with a 64kWh battery occupying a similar amount of space, is capable of traveling up to 241 miles on a single charge.

A study carried out by Korea’s Ministry of the Environment on the e-Niro found that the heat pump significantly reduced battery consumption in cold conditions. When each car was driven in temperatures of -7°C (19°F) with the HVAC system activated, they were able to maintain 90 per cent of their driving range compared to journeys undertaken at an ambient 26°C (79°F) – setting a new benchmark for other EVs. By contrast, many EVs offered by other manufacturers saw their total electric driving range drop by between 18 and 43 percent under the same test conditions.

Further development of heat pump technology
Kia continues to hone and improve the heat pump system and other heat management innovations, with the technologies forming an important part of the development of next-generation EVs. Kia’s mid- to long-term strategy, dubbed ‘Plan S’, will see the brand’s line-up grow to 11 EVs by 2025.

Charging times
Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 per cent only takes 54 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger, no matter whether the 39kWh or 64kWh iteration is chosen. Using a 50kW DC charger, the e-Niro 39kWh charges to 80 per cent in 57 minutes, while the 64kWh version takes 75 minutes. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located at the front of the car, underneath a flap that is integrated into the aerodynamically-optimised ‘tiger nose’ grille. Two battery charging cables are supplied with the e-Niro; one with a standard three-pin plug allowing the car to be connected to a domestic socket and a Type 2 to Type 2 cable for connection to a public or workplace charging point.

New for summer 2020 is a three-phase 11kW AC charger, which comes as standard on the flagship e-Niro ‘4+’. This can charge the e-Niro from 0 to 100 per cent in 7 hours.

Engine power, performance, driving range and CO2 emissions

Model

Power
bhp

Torque
Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed
mph

CO2 g/km

‘2’ 39 kWh lithium-ion auto

134

395

9.5

96

0

‘3’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

0

‘4+’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

0

 

        

TECHNOLOGY
While e-Niro ‘2’ models feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen system, grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ versions come equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation system, with European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel. These are linked to a reversing camera integrated with the navigation screen. It also features Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live. This provides live traffic updates, refreshed once a minute, with suggested alternative routes to avoid congestion; local weather forecasts; local searches under 500 categories, from Kia dealerships and petrol stations to restaurants and supermarkets; and alerts for such things as speed cameras and accident blackspots. Kia Connected Services is free for seven years from the day the car is bought.

At the heart of the e-Niro’s dashboard is Kia’s 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen system on grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ models, featuring Kia’s UVO CONNECT telematics system. UVO CONNECT puts a raft of information at owners’ fingertips, including live traffic, weather, and parking availability. For the e-Niro, UVO CONNECT also provides vehicle charging information, including charging station locations, charger availability, and connection compatibility. The system can also be accessed via a UVO smartphone app, providing remote access to a range of vehicle functions. This includes the ability to remotely activate the climate control system, to pre-heat or pre-cool the car before a journey. Users can also remotely stop or resume vehicle charging, enabling them to take advantage of cheaper overnight electricity tariffs if charging from a domestic source.  

The infotainment system on all versions of the e-Niro allows smartphone users access to both Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM. Android AutoTM works with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher and connects the user's smartphone to the car's infotainment system. Through pre-downloaded apps, it then gives access to a variety of services such as Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and text messages and voice recognition. Apple CarPlayTM functions with iPhone 5 or newer and enables full Siri voice control of the phone's apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps or Google Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.

The e-Niro is Bluetooth®-enabled for hands-free phone calls and music streaming and has a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility, while an eight-speaker 320-watt JBL audio system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is standard equipment on the top-of-the-range ‘4+’ model.

There is also a wireless mobile phone charger on grade ‘3’ and ‘4+’ iterations, located in the centre console tray, which uses inductive charging to power the batteries of compatible electronic devices. Occupants are therefore able to recharge mobile phones or MP3 players without the inconvenience of wires and connectors, which frequently change when new devices are introduced. The wireless charger features foreign object detection, switches on automatically when a phone is placed upon it and displays the phone's charge status in the instrument cluster. An in-built safety system prevents overheating, while drivers and passengers are warned if they are about to leave the car with the phone still on the charging pad.

 

SAFETY
All versions of the e-Niro feature a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience. There is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Lane Follows Assist (LFA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go and a Speed Limiter. On ‘4+’ editions, there’s also the addition of Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Preventive safety
The Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection system brings the car to a halt if the driver fails to react to a potential accident. It uses short- and long-wave radars to monitor the proximity of vehicles and pedestrians in front of the car. If the sensors detect an imminent collision and the driver does not respond, the brakes are applied automatically. The system is split into three main categories:

City, which can avoid low-speed urban accidents at up to 13mph.

Inter-Urban, which operates between 31mph and 50mph.

Pedestrian, which detects pedestrians and other vulnerable road users such as cyclists at up to 44mph. 

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a camera behind the rear-view mirror to 'film' the lane ahead of the car. It then passes this information to an electronic control unit which detects the lane and markings. If the control unit recognises that the car has moved out of its lane with no indicators activated, it issues sound and visual alerts to the driver and steers the car back into the lane, if necessary.


SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS
New for the 2021 model year is a well-specified three-model e-Niro line-up, encompassing grade ‘2’, level ‘3’ and a top-of-the-range ‘4+’ edition, with the ‘+’ moniker symbolising that it incorporates an AC 11kW three-phase charger, the first time that it has been offered as standard on the e-Niro.

The e-Niro ‘2’ builds on the high specification of the Hybrid and PHEV ‘2’ models by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch full TFT Colour Display Cluster, chrome beltline mouldings, a powered driver’s seat lumbar support, a charging indicator on the dashboard, battery heating system and an engine start/stop button with Smart Entry System.

This is in addition to black part cloth and leather upholstery, high gloss black trim for the steering wheel, lower console, door inserts, and centre fascia and a leather trimmed steering wheel and door armrests. The rear seats fold down in a 60:40 fashion, and there’s a luggage area load cover and luggage net hooks provided as standard. Up front, there’s a matt black radiator grille, black side sill and wheelarch body mouldings to match and chrome coated exterior door handles.

Automatic air conditioning is included, in addition to all-round electric windows with driver and front passenger automatic up and down functionality, an electric parking brake (EPB) with autohold, Adaptive Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go, a speed limiter and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Automatic headlight control, rain sensing front wipers, electrically folding, adjustment and heated door mirrors with LED indicators are also included, along with privacy glass, a rear spoiler and roof rails. Shining the way ahead are projection headlights, with LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and rear combination lamps that incorporate LED technology.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen display dominates the centre console, which includes Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM smartphone compatibility, as well as Bluetooth® with music streaming. The DAB radio includes MP3 compatibility, steering wheel controls and six-speakers, along with a pair of USB ports, one of which is a fast charger. A reversing camera system is integrated into the touchscreen and is combined with the convenience of rear parking sensors.

A Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn’t reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally. Driver Attention Warning (DAW) guards against tiredness on the move and alerts the driver should the car’s electronics detect any sign of drowsiness, prompting the driver to take a break.

Other life-saving safety equipment included on all e-Niro models includes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Smart Cruise Control (SSC) with stop and go works in association with all of the other safety systems on the car to keep a safe distance from the car in front, slowing down and speeding up automatically according to the flow of the traffic. If another vehicle cuts in front, the system will automatically brake and adjust the speed of the e-Niro until a safe distance is once again achieved. Seven airbags are included as standard, including a knee airbag for the driver, while the front passenger airbag can be disabled via a cut-off switch. ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers and Anchor Fixings are included, too, so that child car seats can be fitted.

Move up to ‘3’ specification and there’s the addition of black full leather upholstery, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, wireless mobile phone charger for Qi-equipped smartphones and aluminium door scuff plates.

In-car entertainment has never been more important, and that’s why the e-Niro ‘3’ is fitted with latest 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). In addition, Kia Connected Services includes TomTom® Live that incorporates traffic, speed cameras, local search and weather updates. UVO CONNECT puts a raft of information at owners’ fingertips, including live traffic, weather, and parking availability. UVO CONNECT also provides vehicle charging information, including charging station locations, charger availability, and connection compatibility. The system can also be accessed via a UVO smartphone app, providing remote access to a range of vehicle functions.

At the pinnacle of the 2021 model year range, the e-Niro ‘4+’ boasts a one-touch tilting and sliding power sunroof, LED headlights with bi-function projection, memory functionality for the driver’s seat and door mirrors, heated outer rear seats and ventilated front seats. There’s ambient lighting, aluminium pedals, an 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker and front parking sensors. Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) also features, in addition to the AC 11kW three-phase charger.

 

WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The e-Niro is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 

FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT
 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the e-Niro to Kia in the UK?
The launch of Kia’s second electric vehicle in Europe delivers a clear message that Kia is serious about its environmental responsibilities. The launch of the e-Niro, a vehicle that has a class-leading range of 282 miles on the high powered edition, adds to the choice that buyers have, with three carefully-focussed Niro models to suit different budgets, needs and priorities – e-Niro, Niro PHEV and Niro Hybrid.

What sales targets have you set for the new e-Niro for the UK market?
We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the e-Niro to build on the achievements of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV so far and continue to account for a significant sales volume of electrified vehicles here in the UK. Looking at the sales statistics up until the end of September 2018, we have already exceeded the figures achieved during 2017, when we sold more than 4,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and 296 Niro PHEV models. Bear in mind that the Niro PHEV only went on sale on 1st September 2017, and so was only on sale for one-third of the year.

What does 2020 hold for the Kia brand in the UK?
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.

The first year of the new decade is going, and has, presented a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.

Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.

Which vehicles are hitting a chord with UK buyers currently?
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.

2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.

Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

What is the importance to Kia of electric vehicles?
The electric market is growing rapidly, not just in the UK but in Europe, too, and we want a share of it. But of greater significance, is that all manufacturers are required to lower average CO2 emissions to 95g/km or less in Europe by 2020/21, and electric and electrified vehicles are essential to achieve this. We also have our own internal targets of a 25 per cent reduction in average CO2 emissions, based on 2014 levels, by 2020.

Why do you offer electric, PHEV and hybrid Niro models?
We believe in giving customers choice in cutting-edge technology, with different degrees of electrification being suited to a wide range of customers. And while there is a growing number of buyers wanting to buy into the technology and demonstrate their environmental credentials, not all our customer’s lifestyles allow them to run a pure electric vehicle. For that reason, we also offer plug-in hybrid technology that allows zero tailpipe emissions running, together with the back-up of a combustion engine to allow the coverage of longer distances when required. And our Niro dedicated parallel hybrid delivers efficiency gains to reduce running costs at relatively little expense.

What level of sales is Niro achieving in the UK, and is it mostly a fleet or retail car?
The Niro is another of Kia’s success stories, and in 2019, we sold over 9,000 examples, more than double the previous year. The vast majority of PHEV registrations will be to fleets, for obvious cost and taxation benefit reasons, but both private and fleet buyers alike are attracted to the competitive running costs of the Niro Hybrid.

Is the e-Niro on sale at every Kia dealership, and can all dealers service it because of the extra safety demands when working with electric components?
Every Kia dealer has at least one technician plus a Kia Master Technician trained in handling the high-voltage systems associated with electrified cars, so the e-Niro will be sold at, and can be serviced at, any Kia dealership in the UK. Model-specific training is provided at two-day courses to coincide with the launch of each new Kia electric vehicle.

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