In-depth reviews

Kia e-Niro EV - Range, charging & running costs

The Kia e-Niro's impressive claimed battery range combines with Kia's excellent seven-year warranty

Carbuyer Rating

4.4 out of 5

Range, charging & running costs Rating

5.0 out of 5

Based on the latest WLTP fuel economy and range measurement regime, Kia claims a 282-mile battery range for the 64kWh version of the e-Niro. While that's not enough to place the car among the very longest-range EVs that have been launched so far, running top Tesla models very close for a fraction of their prices is a huge achievement.

Kia e-Niro range and charging

A 282-mile range may be considerably less than a petrol-fuelled car can manage on a full tank of fuel, but the truth is that most drivers only occasionally need to travel more than 300 miles between overnight stops. For many, the e-Niro’s range means a single weekly charge will suffice, which doesn’t just further reduce running costs but also greatly increases convenience. Most people will charge overnight, so it’s no more hassle than plugging in your phone before bed.

The e-Niro is also offered with a smaller 39kWh battery and in this form it’s capable of up to 180 miles between charges. While this is less than other electric SUVs such as the Peugeot e-2008, which is capable of around 200 miles on a charge, it could still be a decent (and less expensive) option for those who drive shorter distances.

More reviews

In-depth reviews

When battery range does begin to dwindle, charging is done using a CCS or Type 2 cable fitting into the port hidden behind a flap in the front grille. A Type 2 public charging cable and three-pin plug for charging from a wall socket are standard.

Using a 50kW public fast charger drastically reduces the time it takes to top up the 64kWh battery, taking around an hour and 15 minutes to charge from zero to 80%. Kia says this could be sufficient for more than 242 miles of driving, although this will naturally depend on the way you drive the car. Every e-Niro is also capable of using a 100kW rapid charger, with an 80% charge taking under an hour regardless of battery size. Topping up the battery via a 7.2kWh home or public charger is also easy, with a full recharge of the 64kWh model taking around 10 hours and the smaller 39kWh estimated to take around seven hours.

Irrespective of how you drive, company-car users will always enjoy the low rate of Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax that electric cars attract – zero-emissions vehicles benefit from a 2% BiK banding for the 2022/23 tax year, the lowest possible tax group.

Recommended

Kia e-Niro review
Kia e-Niro
Kia e-Niro
28 Apr 2022

Kia e-Niro review

Top 10 best London Congestion Charge exempt cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
15 Nov 2021

Top 10 best London Congestion Charge exempt cars 2022

Most Popular

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?
Police car - open boot
Tips and advice
19 May 2022

Speed awareness course: how much does it cost, how long does it take and how do you do one online?

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Fiat 500 deals
Deals
20 May 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?
Mazda3s at Bristol port
Car buying
17 May 2022

New car delivery times: how long will you have to wait?

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
25 Apr 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
3 May 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
3 Feb 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022