📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 29, 2020
➤ On sale now from £29,595 after PiCG, first deliveries late 2020.
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The exceptional success of KIA’s e-Niro all-electric SUV had led to the expansion of the range by three additional models, including the introduction of a range-entry ‘2’ variant.
The popular KIA e-Niro is now available with a smaller capacity battery and a wider selection of trim levels. Introducing a smaller battery has facilitated a reduction in price – making the all-electric SUV more accessible for those seeking the EV lifestyle.
The e-Niro now starts at £29,595 after the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant (PiCG) has been deducted. The 2020 KIA e-Niro can be ordered now and first deliveries are expected to commence towards the end of the year.
Introduced in 2018 as a high-spec ‘First Edition’ model, the KIA e-Niro was later re-specified as a high-end ‘4’ trim grade. Both offered only the 64kWh battery option with its 282 miles of range and 201hp.
However, a 39kWh battery and a less powerful 134hp electric motor are now available on the new entry-level e-Niro ‘2’ trim. The 64kWh battery and 201hp electric motor continue to be offered on the ‘3’ and ‘4+’ specifications. The trims broadly match those offered on the KIA Niro self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
The new 39kWh/134hp powertrain option is the same as the one deployed in the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and offers up to 180 miles of range on a full charge – although KIA says up to 251 is possible in town. Using a 100kW public charger tops the battery up to 80% in just under an hour. The 39kWh e-Niro takes 9.5 seconds to hit 0-62mph on the way to a 96mph top speed.
The 64kWh battery mated to a 201bhp electric motor on the ‘3’, ‘4’ and ‘4+’ trim grades increases range to 282 miles and drops the 0-62mph time by two seconds. Top speed is slightly higher, at 104mph.
It may be the range-entry model, but the KIA e-Niro ‘2’ trim offers plenty of kit. Buyers get a digital instrument cluster, adaptive cruise control, automatic air conditioning, LED daytime running lights and alloy wheels, plus an eight-inch touchscreen that features the display for the reversing camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The ‘3’ model (£33,850 after the PiCG) offers extra standard equipment such as heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, wireless phone charging and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen which includes satnav and live traffic updates, while KIA’s UVO Connect app brings further online features.
The new top-spec ‘4+’ trim is very well-equipped, with the addition of a sliding sunroof, LED headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, an upgraded audio system and a memory function for the driver’s seat. Starting at £36,145 (after the PiCG), the ‘4+’ also gets 11kW three-phase charging as standard.
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