After debuting last November, the 2019 Kia Niro EV is finally out. And it’s a little more expensive than we thought it might be. Kia’s online configurator reveals the electric car will have a higher starting price than the related Hyundai Kona Electric.
The Niro EV starts at $39,495. That’s $1,500 more than a base Kona Electric. These prices don’t take into account a federal tax credit of $7,500 available for both models.
The Kia is also more expensive than the Nissan Leaf Plus, which is priced at $37,445 before the $7,500 credit. The Chevrolet Bolt starts at $37,495, but is only eligible for a credit of $3,750 at this time since GM has crested 200,000 EV sales.
Back to the Niro EV: the base EX trim comes decently equipped. Standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cloth/artificial leather seats, and an array of safety features such as forward collision avoidance assist, forward collision warning, driver attention warning, blind spot collision warning, lane change assist, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
Step up to the EX Premium, and you’ll upgrade to an 8.0-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a wireless phone charger, power sunroof, and navigation. Prices start at $44,995. If buyers opt for the $1,000 Launch Edition package, they’ll also receive LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking distance warning, and a few other goodies.