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Kia expands e-Niro line-up with new battery and cheaper price

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Kia has expanded its electric e-Niro line-up with a new lower-priced smaller battery variant and new trim options.

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Previously only available in top-spec guise and with a large 62kWh battery offering 282 miles range, the e-Niro is now available with three trims named ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4+’ alongside a new smaller 39kWh battery.

The e-Niro ‘2’ is similarly equipped to the Niro Hybrid and PHEV ‘2’ models, but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch full colour display cluster, chrome beltline mouldings, a powered driver’s seat lumbar support, a charging indicator on the dashboard, battery heating system and an engine start/stop button with Smart Entry System. These are added to the Niro’s usual equipment list including 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as Bluetooth and DAB radio to name but a few. The e-Niro ‘2’ is only available with the new 39kWh battery and can muster 180 miles range. This car is also slightly lower powered than its bigger brother, with a 134hp electric motor that still launches the e-Niro from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds. This new model is priced from £29,595 (including government PICG £3,000 grant).

‘3’ specification adds black full leather upholstery, power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, wireless mobile phone charger and aluminium door scuff plates. In addition, this model gets the new and larger 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) along with Kia Connected Services that includes TomTom Live. UVO Connect (Kia’s car-connectivity app) is also added and offers drivers the chance to remotely connect to the car to control various features.

‘4+’ gets a tilt and slide sunroof, LED headlights, memory seats and mirrors, heated outer rear seats and ventilated front seats. There’s also ambient lighting, aluminium pedals, an 8-speaker JBL sound system and front parking sensors. Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) also features, in addition to an on-board AC 11kW three-phase charger which enables owners to make use of three-phase power and charge speeds, particularly useful for workplace charge points.

Both ‘3’ and ‘4+’ models are powered by the launch model’s 64kWh battery and 201hp motor – enabling up to 282 miles range and 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist System, Hill-start Assist Control and Driver Attention Warning are all standard across the range. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Smart Cruise Control (SSC) with stop and go also feature.

Prices and specifications

Model Price (including PiCG) Price (excluding PiCG) Power bhp Torque Nm 0–60 secs Max speed mph CO2 g/km
‘2’ 39kWh lithium-ion auto £29,595 £32,595 134 395 9.5 96 0
‘3’ 64kWh lithium-ion auto £33,850 £36,850 201 395 7.5 104 0
‘4+’ 64kWh lithium-ion auto £36,145 £39,145 201 395 7.5 104 0
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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.