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2019 Kia Niro EV Review And Buying Guide

On Monday, April 1st, 2019

Kia entered the increasingly competitive small crossover game with the Niro hybrid, followed by the Niro PHEV shortly after. Now it offers the 2019 Kia Niro EV, which retains the same desirable body style but adds a big battery good for an estimated 239 miles of driving range on a single charge, and with the ability to charge at up to 100 kW on a DC fast charger. Even better, the Niro EV is funky and spunky, with an attitude that translates to genuine on-road fun without sacrificing practicality or driving range.

2019 Kia Niro EV

What are the Niro EV’s interior and in-car technology like?

The interior design is a little bit funky, with some interesting geometry and blue-green accents here and there. It’s not too far-out, though, and we like the intuitive usability of the hard button controls for audio and climate control on the center stack below the central touchscreen.

Kia’s infotainment system is attractive and easy to use, with either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen depending on trim. There’s also a 7-inch TFT LCD display panel in the center of the digital instrument cluster, providing useful information directly in front of the driver. Bluetooth and voice recognition are standard, as are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Wireless phone charging comes standard in the higher, EX Premium trim.

How big is the Niro EV?

The Niro EV fits into the subcompact crossover segment, alongside its cousin the Hyundai Kona Electric. It’s 172.2 inches long, with a 106.3-inch wheelbase. That’s 7.6 and 39 inches longer than the Hyundai, respectively. It’s longer than the Chevy Bolt, Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade, but smaller than the Honda CR-V.

Inside the Niro EV, there is 36.0 inches of rear legroom, which makes it comfortable for two adults. Total cargo capacity is 53.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, and including the small cubby spaces revealed when you lift up the load floor.

What features are available and what’s the Niro EV’s price?

The Niro EV comes in two trim levels: EX and EX Premium. As of this writing, pricing hasn’t been announced, but Kia has told us to expect pricing similar to that of the Hyundai Kona Electric, which starts at $37,495 including destination, before any available incentives. The Niro EV is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

The 2019 Kia Niro EV won’t be available nationwide, but will be sold in the following 12 states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington.

What’s Niro EV’s safety equipment and crash ratings?

Regardless of trim, the Kia Niro EV comes standard with back-up camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep and lane following assist, forward collision warning and emergency braking, and a pedestrian detection system.

As of this writing, the Niro EV has not been crash tested by the two major third-party testing organizations, IIHS and NHTSA.

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