Kia’s first electrified model on the Australian market is the Niro and they come in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, & battery-electric powertrains including this flagship Kia Niro EV Sport.
Kia’s first electrified model on the Australian market is the Niro and they come in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains including this flagship Kia Niro EV Sport.
The dedicated fully electric Niro, that will set you back $71,000, runs a powerful permanent magnetic electric motor, 150kW and 395Nm, powered by a 356 Volt Lithium-Ion battery. Stored under the vehicle floor to give optimum centre of gravity and balance, the 457kg battery pack is capable of a range of 455km.
The EV Niro can be driven in four selectable Drive Modes, each of which changes certain characteristics including air-conditioning function and the electric motor torque profile.
Niro Full Electric is equipped with a Smart Regeneration System which controls the regenerative braking level automatically through the front radar to further improve energy efficiency. Regenerative braking helps to convert the kinetic energy when decelerating and braking into electrical energy to recharge the battery for even greater energy efficiency.
The Niro EV is reasonably equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, wired Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, JBL Premiumsound system, power-adjusted front seats, vegan-leather trim, keyless entry, dual-zone climatevegan- leather trim, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights/DRLs/tail-lights & 18-inch alloys.
Across the range there are seven airbags, including driver’s knee bag, along with Autonomous Emergency Braking (car/pedestrian/cyclist), Lane Keep Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
As the battery is on the larger side, there is a downfall to how long it will take to charge at home from a standard 240-volt outlet, around 29 hours from zero to 100 per cent. However, installing a 7.2kW charger will cut that time down to less than 10 hours.
If you are lucky enough to find a DC rapid charger, the batter can go from 0 to around 80 per cent in around 75 minutes. These are all the new things to think about when purchasing a full EV car.
The Niro is an SUV, but it is a bit of a cross between a hatch and a wagon in style. There is plenty of space inside and it’s solidly built like most of the Kia range. There is decent boot space and plenty of power from the second the pedal is pressed.
Besides having no engine noise, which makes the quality sound system sound even better, the Kia Niro EV Sport is nice to drive and handles like a modern SUV should.
For the brands first full electric vehicle to have a driving distance over 400km is a good start to their next chapter which will see many more EV cars from Kia.