Kia introduced the Niro in 2017 as a hybrid vehicle. The PHEV and electric variants were offered soon afterwards. Now, the Korean automaker has completely redesigned the Kia e Niro so let’s take a look at this Kia e Niro review to see all that has changed.
The upgraded vehicle, with new features & performance specifications, was presented recently at the NY Auto Show.
The redesigned Kia Niro EV will likely hit the roads this fall and interested customers can now make an informed decision whether or not they want to go for the Kia Niro EV anymore.
What Makes It Special?
Unlike its predecessors, the Kia e Niro is special this time because of its focus on sustainability. The vehicle features:
- Recycled wallpaper for the headliner;
- Seats made up of bio-based polyurethane;
- Cloth made of Eucalyptus leaves.
This is not all, the 2023 Kia Niro EV’s door panels will be painted with water-based paint that will be BTX free. So, even the paint will play its role in reducing environmental impact.
The vehicle has a highly aerodynamic design with a drag coefficient of 0.29. Other prominent features of the vehicle include:
- Kia’s signature tiger-nose grille;
- Bright daytime running lights;
- Boomerang shaped rear LED lights;
- Heartbeat shaped rear reflector.
How Is It Different From The Outgoing Model?
The 2023 Kia e Niro is still a member of the compact utility vehicle segment. However, the vehicle has a relatively larger size than the model it replaces.
Changes in dimensions as compared to the 2022 Kia Niro are as follows:
- Length: Increased by 4.6 cm;
- Wheelbase: Increased by 2 cm;
- Ground clearance: Increased by 0.5 cm;
- Cargo space with rear seats up: Increased by 4.3 ft3.
The two 10.25-inch displays in the Kia Niro EV’s interior make it feel more contemporary. These are the infotainment system and instrument cluster screens.
The centre screen is capable of utilising Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features, allowing you to easily connect your devices and enjoy the content of your choice.
The ambient mood lighting is available in various colour combinations. Besides this, owners have the option of upgrading to the eight-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system.
If you like Heads-up Display, the second generation Kia e Niro also offers this state of the art feature. The HUD can display:
- Safety warnings;
- Vehicle speed.
No Change In Battery & Motor
While the design has been massively improved, the vehicle retains the same battery and motor as that in the Kia Niro EV 2022 model.
The specifications are as follows:
- Battery: 64.8 kWh;
- Motor: 150 kW.
However, the newer model now claims an additional 22.5 km range than the previous model.
Vehicle To Load (V2L) Capabilities
V2L is one of the latest additions to the EV segment and this Kia e Niro review can’t be complete without discussing it as luckily the Kia Niro EV also supports this feature.
This means that owners will be able to use their 2023 Kia Niro EV for charging other EVs as well as for powering up houses.
Safety & Driver Assistance
Safety is paramount for all new vehicles and the 2023 Kia Niro EV is no exception. The vehicle also has several ADAS functions.
For now. the automaker has decided to stay silent regarding the vehicle’s pricing. However, we believe that it will have a ballpark figure of around €41,000.
The sportier and brawny 2023 Kia Niro EV is expected to help the company in improving its sales figures. The added range, although negligible, is also expected to play a role in this regard.
We hope this Kia e Niro review was informative for you. Keep visiting us to stay updated about the EV platform.
I have Solar PV Panels so I can charge an electric car from these. I also want the opportunity to use the ‘car’ as a battery. Can the EV6 do Vehicle to Grid (V2G) please?
V2G capability for the Kia EV6 electric car is not available today, but we hope that technologies will be improved in the future and that more electric cars will have this access.
From my point of view, these two are the best on the market in their price range.