The 2019 Kia Niro EV has just made them sparkle audits,
so now the ball was in our court to have one for seven days in length press credit, compliments of Kia.
We exploited our time with the Niro EV and heaped up more than 900 miles on the odometer in seven days.
The Niro EV comes in two trim dimensions, EX and EX Premium.
The EX base MSRP is $39,495 and the EX Premium begins at $44,995 and includes warmed and cooled front calfskin seats with power alteration for the driver,
an eight-inch touchscreen with route, (the EX has a 7-inch screen), a moonroof, Harman/Kardon sound system, remote telephone charging, and LED taillights.
Outside Styling of Kia Niro EV
Engadget as of late evaluated the Kia Niro EV and announced that it was “perseveringly reasonable”.
Actually, I could have thought of something like portray how I feel about the Niro EV’s styling,
however in all truly, Engadget nailed it, so I needed to give them the credit they merit.
I don’t despise what it looks like, nor do I adore what it looks like.
It’s OK. It’s unquestionably a greater amount of structure following capacity,
which is the thing that you’d anticipate from a little hybrid car from Kia.
No piece of the outside truly emerges,
aside from maybe Kia’s method for shutting the front flame broil region that the normal Kia Niro and Niro PHEV have.
Thus to how Hyundai supplanted the Kona’s barbecue, Kia shut off the flame broil segment,
however held the blueprint of their trademark flame broil styling,
while at the same time including triangular-molded dimples in the plastic.
I do like how Kia added the blue highlight trim to the Niro EV, making it rapidly recognizable.
They didn’t do excessively; including only the appropriate measure of complement, as I would see it.
Generally speaking, it’s a nice looking hybrid; very little to whine or boast about.
Change the barbecue region and include an alternate identification and it could have effectively originated from various different producers.
It’s, well, persistently reasonable.
Inside Styling and Comfort
Kia furnished me with the highest point of the line,
EX Premium rendition, which is normally the situation with press loaners (Why not put your best foot forward?).
The Premium included amenities like warmed and cooled cowhide situates,
a moonroof, Harman/Kardon premium sound framework, remote telephone charging and a 8″ touchscreen focus show with route and satellite radio.
The cooled seats were most likely my preferred element and rapidly chill the calfskin seats,
regardless of whether they’ve been preparing in the sun for a considerable length of time.
Talking about seats, the Niro EV’s seats were agreeable and steady with articulated side supports to keep you set up notwithstanding when alternating forcefully.
Agreeable, strong seats are extremely critical to me, and the Niro EV unquestionably gets my thumbs up.
Like the outside, there’s actually nothing to truly get amped up for with the inside styling,
however everything works and is spread out pleasantly.
There’s a decent capacity compartment on the floor in the middle of the driver and travelers’ seats which my better half truly valued.
She said there’s once in a while a spot to put her wallet in a vehicle other than the traveler situate,
and when that is involved she needs to place it in the back, so she offered that compartment a go-ahead.
There’s loads of hard plastic on the dash and entryway boards,
yet the armrests are delicate and agreeable to utilize.
The apparatus selector is an enormous handle on the middle reassure which you turn to one side for drive and the left for switch.
The reinforcement camera incorporates rules,
however the image isn’t as clear the same number of the reinforcement cameras accessible today.
It’s not so clear as the one on my BMW i3S, or even the one on my Toyota Tacoma.
Execution and Safety of Kia Niro EV
The Niro EV is a little people-moving hybrid, not an exhibition vehicle.
All things considered, it positively won’t hold up traffic.
It has 201hp and 291 lb. ft. of torque, which converts into a lot of capacity to pull the 3,854lb Niro EV around.
As indicated by Kia, it goes 0-60 in 7.8 seconds, which is .2 seconds slower than the Hyundai Kona Electric utilizing a similar spec engine.
By and by, I trust the Niro EV shows improvement over its sister-EV, the Kona Electric does, aside from the exhibition is somewhat more awful.
The front-wheel-drive Niro EV has an OK measure of torque steer,
particularly when it’s in Sport driving mode and will understeer whenever pushed excessively hard in a turn.
With four grown-ups in the vehicle, the additional weight has any kind of effect,
yet the Niro EV still has a lot of capacity to quicken when important, particularly when in Normal or Sport driving modes.
Range and Efficiency
The Niro EV is EPA evaluated at 239 miles, precisely 1 mile more than the Chevy Bolt EV.
Be that as it may, my time with the Niro EV appeared to show the EPA range rating was a bit on the preservationist side.
I’ve been driving EVs as my day by day driver for about ten years presently,
so I’m personally acquainted with the idea of range being a moving target.
Here in New Jersey, I can expect somewhere in the range of 20% to 40% better range in the spring and late-summer,
when temperatures are during the 70’s, when contrasted with winter when it can get down to zero degrees.
Be that as it may, the Niro EV beat the EPA range rating by an abnormal edge in my week with the vehicle,
in which time I put more than 900 miles on it.
I arrived at the midpoint of around 270 miles for every charge, and even pushed it to a little more than 300 miles once.
I’m certain winter driving will cut a decent number of miles off of what I saw;
in any case, the Niro EV has a discretionary warmth siphon that will moderate the range misfortune in the colder months.
Charging of Niro EV
My Niro EV beat out at 78 kW, yet just held that for a couple of minutes before settling down to around 60 kW for most of the time.
Charging from 9% to 80% took 54 minutes, and I arrived at the midpoint of 58 kW over that time.
Level 2 charging was somewhat of an astonishment for me.
One day I exhausted the battery down to 3% and completely energized it on my JuiceBox Pro 40
to record the charging profile and all out power conveyed to the vehicle.
It took 9 hours and 37 minutes to completely charge and the vehicle took 70.83 kWh! Kia records the Niro EV as having a 64 kWh battery,
so’s clearly the usable segment of the battery, and the complete limit must be a decent piece more.
There’s charging misfortunes to consider, and regardless of whether that is 10%, which would be high,
that is as yet 64 kWh conveyed to the battery and it was at 3% SOC when the charging session started.
Additionally, the Niro EV took the full 32 amps the whole charging session.
As a rule, there’s a slope down period that starts on most EVs at around 90% SOC.
A few EVs hold the full charge rate somewhat more, similar to my 2018 i3S does,
and charges at the full rate until it’s around 94-95% charged.
I’ve never observed an EV take the full charge rate as far as possible up to 100%,
and after that simply quit charging with no sort of incline down like the Kia Niro did. Amazing.