Electric cars are nothing new. So, why do they seem so strange? There have been many problems with the implementation of battery-powered cars, especially in North America. Issues such as a very limited driving range and extremely small size seemed, until now, almost unsolvable. Enter the 2019 Kia Niro EV. This is the beginning of a new age of electric vehicles. And the Kia Niro EV seems to be hitting all the marks. With benefits like longer mileage range, more spacious interior, and surprisingly powerful performance, it may forever change how you look at the electric car. Debuting first in Europe, this is one electric car that seems destined to find a home when it arrives in America next year.
What does the electric-powered Niro look like?
Basically, it looks like the standard Niro, which is available in a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid version. This small crossover has the same LED taillights as found in other Niros and the same unremarkable, boxy, body shape. The bumpers are slightly different and, with the charging port in the grille, the electric version’s grille has no need to be vented. Instead of mounting the fog lights on the front of the car, as in the other Niro versions, the EV will sport them on the flank.
What kind of mileage range can I expect to get from a fully-charged battery?
One of the major problems electric cars incur is the limited distance they can attain on a full battery charge. The 2019 Kia Niro EV just might be the electric car that changes that, making electric cars a feasible option for North America. With an estimated range of 300 miles per charge, the Kia Niro EV gets around 42 miles more than its rival, the Hyundai Kona.
How powerful is the Niro EV?
The answer depends completely on which battery you choose. Kia offers two batteries for the Niro EV: a 64-kWh battery and the smaller 39.2 kWh, which also has a less powerful motor. The larger choice provides 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, which is very admirable for an electric car. It is uncertain whether Kia will offer the smaller battery option outside Korea or not. Even though it’s not made for racing, the 2019 Kia Niro EV is a quick crossover. It can go from zero to sixty miles an hour in 7.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 104 miles per hour. Impressive speed, especially for an electric vehicle.
What interior features does the electric Niro have?
While it isn’t exactly the lap of luxury, the Niro EV delivers a pleasurable experience for passengers. Its interiors are just a little different than the gas-powered Niro. The shifter has been replaced with a rotating dial, and there is added space for storage in the center console. The console’s six-color ambient lighting and bright blue trim elements add a splash of excitement to the inside. Seat upholstery comes in cloth, synthetic leather, or leather. It has a good infotainment center that comes with a standard 7-inch screen and a 7-inch digital gauge cluster display.
How spacious is the Niro EV?
It has seating for five people in two rows and provides a comfortable ride, especially for those in the front. The driver and front passenger enjoy almost 42 inches of legroom, so they can stretch out during their journey. Cargo capacity is decent, especially when you consider its relatively small body. The Niro has just under 20 cubic feet of space when loaded at maximum passenger capacity. With the rear seats folded down, the Niro EV offers around 54 cubic feet of room for hauling.
What safety features are on the 2019 Kia Niro EV?
Kia includes passive safety systems on the EV that help keep you and your passengers safe. Kia uses an advanced airbag system with state-of-the-art sensors to control inflation after impact. It is also equipped with front and rear crumple zones and doors that have reinforced steel beams, to minimize damage to the passenger area in an accident. Features including optional forward collision warning, lane-keep assistance, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control combine to create an excellent safety tech package for the Niro EV.
When can I buy one?
The 2019 Kia Niro EV goes on sale before the end of this year in Europe. Americans will have to wait, if only for a short time. It was originally scheduled to make its arrival in the United States by the end of 2019 but will be available at dealerships in certain states as early as March.
How much will a 2019 Kia Niro EV cost?
No official word on the company website yet regarding the price of a Niro EV, but industry insiders predict that this SUV will cost around half that of models from Jaguar, BMW, and other manufacturers.