Kia e-Niro’s feature-rich cabin cuts a touch
Launched in 2018, the e-Niro is Kia’s second globally offered electrical automobile after the Soul EV. Persevering with just-auto/AIC’s assessment of inside design and know-how tendencies, we take a more in-depth look inside this electrical crossover.
It is what’s inside that issues
As soon as seated within the purpose-built EV, the fascia and data clusters observe what’s turning into a contemporary theme for the Korean model, beginning with a large dashboard set out on horizontal strains.
The e-Niro presently is available in only one trim stage, the ‘4’ which needs for nothing. The sprint options shiny blue trim across the air vents, echoing the trim highlights discovered on the automotive’s exterior. Shiny black and blue trim additionally line the doorways. The shelf on the base of the sprint encompasses a wi-fi charger for smartphones.
Integrated into the centre console are a rotary drive selector and buttons for the digital parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode choose, parking sensors, and the automotive’s braking ‘Auto Maintain’ perform.
Materials-wise, the areas of the cabin that you just contact probably the most are swathed in soft-touch supplies, whereas different elements are exhausting plastic set beneath a darkish headliner. A leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, high-gloss black inserts hither and thither and satin chrome inside door handles add to the fashionable really feel.
Elsewhere within the cabin, nearly each final nook and cranny has been used for storing all of your ins and outs. Different considerate touches embrace an overhead sun shades case.
Measuring 4,375mm lengthy, the e-Niro slots between the Ceed hatchback and Sportage SUV in measurement. Its physique is 1,805mm large and 1,570mm tall offering loads of head and shoulder room for entrance seat occupants.
One main distinction with the e-Niro is that baggage capability has been enhanced in comparison with its hybrid and PHEV counterparts, providing 451 litres of area with all 5 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 break up rear seats folded. The baggage space options an undertray for storing the recharging cables.
The e-Niro options the model’s UVO Join telematics system. UVO options the Kia Dwell system, housed inside the 10.25-inch touchscreen within the centre of the dashboard. The system makes use of its personal eSIM chip to retrieve and replace reside knowledge throughout a drive, resembling reside site visitors info, climate forecasts, factors of curiosity, and particulars of potential on- and off-street parking – together with value, location and parking availability.
The second factor of the UVO system is an app, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app presents customers peace of thoughts with a variety of options to offer diagnostic knowledge about their automotive and the journeys they take. It additionally permits drivers to examine battery charging standing remotely and ship a path to the sat-nav in preparation for a journey.
The touchscreen navigation system appears to be like good and brightens up the darkish gray inside. It options Bluetooth as customary, enabling occupants to attach two cellular gadgets directly, in addition to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its split-screen performance lets customers management or monitor totally different automobile options concurrently, customising the display screen with a collection of various widgets. This allows the driving force to pick a single show (resembling navigation or battery info) or mix parts on-screen on the identical time. The motive force can observe navigation instructions or preserve monitor of battery power effectivity, whereas passengers can select their favorite songs or examine the climate forecast. The infotainment system additionally controls automobile recharging preferences and ambient mild settings. Maybe better of all is an eight-speaker JBL Premium sound system with a 320-watt exterior amplifier that comes as customary.
One other neat trick of the e-Niro is its HVAC system. This has been tailored from that within the Soul EV, and permits solely the driving force’s aspect of the automotive to be cooled when the opposite seats are unoccupied to minimise power utilization. It does this via a sensible air consumption, in distinction to rival programs which merely divert the airflow in direction of the driving force when different vents are closed and consequently don’t cut back power consumption.
Superior driver help programs
Normal driver help applied sciences embrace ahead collision avoidance help with pedestrian and bicycle owner detection, adaptive good cruise management, driver consideration warning and lane conserving help system.
Made up of 53 per cent superior high-strength metal, e-Niro’s construction is especially sturdy. It additionally has liberal doses of aluminium. Its bonnet, tailgate panel, entrance bumper again beam and several other chassis parts, together with the entrance knuckles, entrance decrease arms and brake calipers are fabricated from aluminium to additional assist cut back weight.
The lightweighting theme spreads into the inside because the entrance seats save 1.3kg every due to their high-strength metal frames. The shapely entrance seats are additionally space-saving with particular foam-backed covers and slim headrests. A tyre mobility package was discovered within the boot fairly than a spare wheel, decreasing weight but additional.
On the street
The e-Niro is provided with a 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, with a nippy really feel round city and extremely fast (in ‘sport’ mode) on the open street. In a straight line, it’s going to shift from a standstill to 60 mph in simply over 7 seconds. Charging is fairly quick too. The battery may be recharged to round 80 per cent in just below an hour utilizing a 100kW charger whereas a full cost takes about 9 hours utilizing a 7kW home wall field. On the mixed cycle, it supplies a driving vary of 282 miles on a single cost.
Seat and mirror heaters have been most welcome on some chilly December mornings though utilizing these options nibble away on the driving vary. We discovered the show and dials on the centre console to be intuitive and properly set out. Mercifully, not every little thing is managed by way of the touchscreen as some massive, chunky dials to function the HVAC are situated decrease down on the centre stack. All of the switches really feel properly damped. The round drive selector additional provides to the automotive’s easy driving really feel. The web result’s a cheap-to-run automotive loaded with the beneficiant package that we’ve come to count on from this carmaker.