MY2022 Kia e-Niro – sensibility sells

OTR pricing for the e-Niro ranges between £32,895 and £40,290

Whereas 90,817 passenger automobiles delivered, final 12 months was removed from a automotive crash for the Korean model. As demand for electrical and electrified fashions soared, the previous main model collapsed.

Ford falls to fourth, Kia rises to eighth

Ford’s gamble that it might get away with delaying mid-life updates for the Fiesta and Focus proved to be flawed, whereas the dearth of petrol-electric choices (apart from gentle hybrids) was additionally an issue. At the least the Puma did effectively, as did the Kuga PHEV.

Kia, like Volkswagen, was prepared with an excellent unfold of alternative for patrons in seek for low or zero CO2 numbers and in some way, it was additionally capable of hold manufacturing losses down.

HMG was good sufficient to not deal with its chip suppliers too brutally as Covid shut vegetation on a number of continents 18 months in the past so Hyundai, Kia and Genesis’ loyalty seems to have been appreciated.

UK EV gross sales surge in 2021

The SMMT’s knowledge present that we nonetheless love our ICE-driven automobiles and SUVs, these accounting for 58.3 per cent of all passenger automobiles bought final 12 months. Diesels, which like that complete, embrace gentle hybrids, made up 14.2 per cent of the rest, adopted by EVs (11.6 per cent) and collection hybrids (8.9 per cent). They’re talked about quite a bit, so it comes as a little bit of a shock that PHEVs made up what stays, which is simply seven per cent.

Kia’s primary electrical mannequin can be provided as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid however these numbers within the earlier paragraph, it’s clear which form of propulsion system patrons principally need.

UK’s quantity two EV behind the Mannequin 3

Of the 14,337 EVs which Kia bought in 2021, 12,271 had been the e-Niro. Because it’s been a while since I final drove one, curiosity made me need to revisit it and see what the attraction of this six-year previous automotive could possibly be.

The DE collection might be supplanted by a second technology referred to as SG2. Despite the fact that Kia revealed the brand new form on the Seoul motor present in November, it’s but to inform us a lot in regards to the automotive. That features the powertain specifics, which is able to once more be HEV, PHEV and EV. So it gained’t be in UK showrooms for a while but.

The primary query in assessing the e-Niro is why it’s been capable of outsell what needs to be acquired as much more up to date options. Perhaps not all people likes the all-digital inside of the ID.3 maybe, though provide of many fashions stays a significant challenge for Volkswagen and others.

When being inoffensive is an asset

If the design of the outside is pretty vanilla, then so what? Vanilla, in any case, sells, in relation to the vast majority of shopper items. And the e-Niro is as inoffensive as automobiles come. Which doesn’t imply it isn’t pleasing. There’s quite a bit to be mentioned for a no-fuss expertise in all a very powerful methods.

What all intending homeowners need to learn about first is battery vary. Kia offers you the selection of 100 kW or 150 kW motors and battery packs with capacities of 32 kWh (official max vary: 180 miles) or 64 kWh (282). The highest ‘4+’ mannequin grade is just for the large pack and that was the one which Kia gave me to strive.

Inside – acquainted Kia

The model’s signature greeting is there the moment a door is opened. This chiming is pleasant or annoying relying on the way you charge this stuff.

The second factor which the motive force notices is how a lot house there’s, after which how logically situated and effectively marked all controls are. Button lovers rejoice: sensibility prevails over price slashing masquerading as allegedly handier know-how.

There’s a shift-by-wire dial for choosing forwards or backwards movement. Kia does this so a lot better than sure different corporations with their infuriating and harmful options. It really works. With precision. Each time. Once more, security comes first.

The touchscreen’s menus are laid out with logic, the HVAC system is all bodily buttons (and within the substitute mannequin too, apparently), and Kia offers you plenty of locations to retailer stuff together with an particularly deep cubby beneath the armrest.

Sporty? Actually?

The silent start-up is good and when you depart the driving mode choices in Regular, it’s all a bit…sure…vanilla. Change to vitality saving Eco and progress turns into a contact boring however then comes a welcome and sudden buzz: in Sport, the e-Niro is sort of enjoyable.

Despite the fact that, at 4.4 m lengthy, this isn’t an enormous automotive, the trip consolation reminds you of 1. Maybe that’s as a result of mixture of the heavy battery of the check automobile, a prolonged (2,700 mm) wheelbase and the gifted engineers who had been tasked with tweaking the suspension.

Ah sure, it may be a wise electrical household automotive which seems to have an honest vary and a serendipitous flip of pace plus pleasing dealing with, however absolutely this comes at a value?

About 260 miles on one cost

I too presumed that zipping round and having fun with the e-Niro’s wonderful roadholding and low-roll in Sport would imply the ions rapidly vanishing. No although, I even obtained as much as 260 miles from one recharge. Superb.

Preserve the A/C on in addition to the heating for seats (fronts/outer rears) and steering wheel and we all know what occurs. The Niro is not any worse than different EVs in that manner although. As with all combustion mannequin too, the fitting foot’s strain is a stronger think about what number of miles you get earlier than a cease for tanking up or plugging in.

Kia says sufficient vitality to replenish 80 per cent of the battery takes 54 minutes when you’re at a 100 kW charger or an extra 21 minutes if it’s a 50 kW charger and the 64 kWh battery. For the 39 kWh pack, it’s a claimed 57 minutes to get to 80 per cent.

I do know somebody who owns an e-Niro. He’s simply advised me the vendor has been in contact wanting to finish the lease early with a beneficiant incentive in order to pay money for this in-demand mannequin. However he’s torn as a result of he likes the automotive in each manner and all interactions with the dealership have been nice. Doesn’t say all of it in regards to the attraction of this mannequin, and for that matter, the model?

Conclusion

All of the miles and totally different journeys I took within the plug-in Kia, plus my buddy’s possession expertise made me see why this mannequin is such successful. It’s a straightforward technique to expertise an EV and if the temper takes you, the e-Niro generally is a vigorous factor on curvy-scenic roads too.

Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for Vehiclenews.net, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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