Kia Niro EV is now on sale in the US and has been on sale in Europe for a while: now it's my turn to test drive it and review it with my first impression video from Santa Cruz, California! Special guest appearance by Electrek's Fred Lambert.

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    • Małgorzata Ozimska
      Małgorzata Ozimska

      I lost my time listening to a guy with a microphone. I thought it was a car test.

      about 2 months ago
    • Jeffrey H
      Jeffrey H

      I am living in the Netherlands and I have an eNiro. I am very happy with it. Good range, good quality and a good acceleration.

      about 2 months ago
    • Marc Bruneel
      Marc Bruneel

      Indeed it's twice a cheap gas Car, also in europe. But with the European gas prices after 4 years it's cheaper in the running. I've ordered one! It's Just making the right priority

      about 2 months ago
    • Fabio Lopes
      Fabio Lopes

      Did you say ( drive your kids to work) lol, Anyway love your videos, good work, nice car

      about 3 months ago
    • Green Box
      Green Box

      It's unfortunate that battery prices are still driving these EV costs on the high side. Hopefully costs come down in the near future, I think the key for massive EV adoption will be price parity with ICE cars.

      about 3 months ago
    • cl
      cl

      Memory seats were removed for the US and UK markets. That's what is missing for me.

      about 3 months ago
    • theexmann
      theexmann

      The issue is still price when compared to an ICE model though the rebates and tax credits help a lot. But even more important than price is the charging speed and the charger infrastructure. The Niro EV supposedly can change at 100kw but many reviewers have shown that the real life charge speed is around 72kw. That's still a little too slow. If it was in the Tesla range of 100-120kw, then people would feel better about paying the price of this car. And then you need to consider where you live and do you have access to a garage to install a 2nd level charger which is another additional cost compared to ICE cars. There needs to be more level 3 chargers too. They are still too few of them. A level 2 charger will take too long if it's not in your garage.

      Again, more than range, I wish this car would charge faster. I would rather have a smaller 200 mile range car that can charge at 150wk because 9/10 times, a 200 mile range is way more than enough. But when I do need the hyper range for a long trip, stopping for 15-20 minutes to another 160 miles would be great and easily do-able.

      about 3 months ago
    • Kevin S
      Kevin S

      I will only consider electric once they can reach 500+ range in battery.

      about 3 months ago
    • Donald Espeut
      Donald Espeut In reply to Kevin S

      Why not say 1000+? Maybe 10000+?

      about 2 months ago
    • John Fallows
      John Fallows

      Hi Alex are you a bit of a car snob? No offense! The 64kw e-niro and cona are managing over 269 to 300 mile range in Europe. I Incidentally I don't think what your friend implied how he treated someone else's car on the freeway is neither smart or ethical, and not what we want to hear.

      about 3 months ago
    • KidA12345
      KidA12345

      Need All Wheel Drive

      about 3 months ago
    • James Zawacki
      James Zawacki

      Only problem I can see is availability. If I can't walk into a dealer, test drive one, and buy it.. it's not really an option to me. I'd be looking at the base model if it's in the $35k range. Minus 7.5k over 3 years for taxes and another $10k savings over 5 years in gas (in my case), it's definitely not a bad deal.

      about 3 months ago
    • T.I. Managi
      T.I. Managi

      Looks like Alex made the news again just watched this video then read an article in InsideEV's and it was about this very video good job Alex !

      about 3 months ago
    • missbamm
      missbamm

      The car is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Wanted a crossover, ev and over 200 mi range. Definitely out of my ideal price range at 45K. I’d go for the base model but I really like the sunroof and heated seats feature. 😕

      about 3 months ago
    • peter traveller
      peter traveller

      Kia don't have supercharger network.

      about 3 months ago
    • peter traveller
      peter traveller In reply to peter traveller

      Kia called me friday and said I can test drive e-niro monday, let's see how it goes. Anyway, most usual DC fast charger is 50kw, tesla supercharger can do 110-120kw, there is few 150kw non tesla chargers, less than100 maybe? Tesla has thousands of superchargers, and the car will calculate where you need to charge.

      about 3 months ago
    • Brian Kirby
      Brian Kirby In reply to peter traveller

      No but there are several other super chargers that will work just not Tesla's!

      about 3 months ago
    • DersimLondon
      DersimLondon

      Here in the UK there is only one spec which is the top spec. Wish more car companies would do this. If I was due upgrade I would get this now. Here we have 7 year warranty with 100k miles. This is a great family car

      about 3 months ago
    • Kevin Kent
      Kevin Kent

      $45,000 is outrageous, even with a $7,500 tax credit. It’s a freaking Kia.

      about 3 months ago
    • elotrolado8
      elotrolado8 In reply to Kevin Kent

      probably 38K for the base model, after incentives can bring it down to net 28K, plus reduced costs of ownership, i.e. maintenance and fuel--now it doesn't look so outrageous, does it?

      about 1 month ago
    • Andrew Le
      Andrew Le

      I'm debating between Niro EV and Kona Electric.. But seems Kia Niro is coming to WA, but not Kona Electric. I'd have to drive down to OR to test-drive it... Two issues I dont like about Niro : (1) Its KIA brand and logo right on the steering wheel and the circular round plastic in the middle steering two and (2) its EPA range of 239-miles, just one mile more than Bolt EV.. I wish it was closer to Kona's range of 258.. like 242 or something... maybe EPA and re-do their range tests on both these cars and see what comes up or any change..

      about 3 months ago
    • Andrew Le
      Andrew Le In reply to Andrew Le

      +Brian Kirby Ok, I wish EPA would just redo their range tests for Kona and Niro... just like it had to re-adjust it for LEAF 2018 awhile back...

      about 3 months ago
    • Brian Kirby
      Brian Kirby In reply to Andrew Le

      Actually it's a real world driving range of 254mile range and that's been verified all over Europe and Norway on Tesla Bjorn Nyland blog on YouTube! EPA is trying to say that a chevy bolt is just as good a as the Kia but don't believe it!

      about 3 months ago
    • Andrew Le
      Andrew Le In reply to Andrew Le

      +Robot Ninja Also, I think my Nissan LEAF is just the right size for me... so if I stand next to Kona and see it's small, I would lean more towards Niro EV... As for range, I'd like to see someone do a true range test between Kona and Niro side-by-side (maybe Bjorn in Norway can do his race testing).. hmmm.

      about 3 months ago
    • Robot Ninja
      Robot Ninja In reply to Andrew Le

      As for range, the reviewers have said that the EPA range is actually conservative and they were able to meet that or more even with some adventurous test driving around the various terrain out there. If you live around a bunch of flat roads, it's even better! Not sure if that's the same for the Kona. You'd have to check for yourself.

      about 3 months ago
    • Chris Bates
      Chris Bates

      I am not a fan of that charger on the front. Bugs grime. Snow, ice and other yuck . I think it looks nice. Too bad it isn’t $10k cheaper, because at that price it competes with used model S that will have a longer range and possibly free supercharging for life.

      about 3 months ago
    • Richard Nedbalek
      Richard Nedbalek

      Looking forward to driving footage.

      about 3 months ago
    • StefQc2k
      StefQc2k

      I will have to wait a bit... there seems to have a few problems... like the charging pannel can freeze and snow can enter in your charging sockets, and you cannot get good charging speed when it's freezing cold. In Canada... things tend to freeze... so it is pretty important. So I willl probably buy one one in two or three years... Sorry for my English

      about 3 months ago
    • StefQc2k
      StefQc2k In reply to StefQc2k

      Oups don't click the 6 minute... but open the link an go to the 6 minute mark...lol

      about 3 months ago
    • sashkashurik
      sashkashurik In reply to StefQc2k

      We have no idea on how this car will behave in canadian winter. You are talking about Tesla. First Konas have been delivered so we will have some info this summer...

      about 3 months ago
    • Jeff Hawkins
      Jeff Hawkins

      I am waiting to buy an e-Niro. I currently drive a Kia Soul EV. It just came off lease. My wife drives a Bolt. Although BEV cars are more expensive we would not consider going back to an ICE car. EVs are just so much better cars. So when I look at the e-Niro I don't consider what the ICE version costs, I only compare it to other EVs. None of the Tesla's meet our needs. The 3 and S are sedans, don't want that, and the X is too big and funky for our wishes. I could be happy with a second Bolt but prefer that our second car be a little bit bigger, which the e-Niro is. At this point in time the e-Niro is the best fit for our needs.

      As far as I can tell, nobody can sell a $35K EV with 200+ range for a profit. Until they can, sales will be limited. I don't blame the manufacturers for not promoting cars that sell for a loss. Tesla is lucky that that their fans are willing to spend $50K plus for what was supposed to be a $35K car. The other automakers can't pull that off.

      about 3 months ago
    • gary summons
      gary summons

      No Battery's Alex, so limited production, like all these Tesla alternatives, it's not an alternative until they can produce enough of them. Went into KIA showroom yesterday (UK), "does it have to be Electric?" said the sales men, explaining it could be Mid 2020, if I ordered now.

      about 3 months ago
    • Bryce
      Bryce

      It has ventilated seats and a sunroof. The bolt and the leaf do not have that

      about 3 months ago
    • R. Drake Sansone
      R. Drake Sansone

      Far too expensive as opposed to a conventional Niro. Kia/Hyundai is not making these cars with cold weather packages which precludes 60% of the U.S. I'm really sad about this. I've looked for a quality electric vehicle with substantial range without the payment for a house. Unfortunately Kia/Hyundai fall short in those departments. I'll pass...... sadly

      about 3 months ago
    • Alan Shaw
      Alan Shaw

      I have the Hybrid after having VW diesels. After a year I still really love it. An Ev's would be nice but here in Western Canada, the infrastructure for EV's is sadly lacking.

      about 3 months ago
    • Simon Fleming
      Simon Fleming

      Hi from the UK, This is probably gonna be my next car in a couple of years time.

      about 3 months ago
    • Mark Lawrence
      Mark Lawrence

      Anyone else keep hearing about Audi delaying or slowing down E-Tron because they would have to sell 600,000 units to break even?

      about 3 months ago
    • T.I. Managi
      T.I. Managi In reply to Mark Lawrence

      Yeah , I read the article that said they were delaying after tearing down a model 3

      about 3 months ago
    • Crypto Lisa
      Crypto Lisa

      Only AC charging is bad

      about 3 months ago
    • A Dad Supreme
      A Dad Supreme

      Top of the line Chevy Bolt- $43K. Talk dealer down to $39k for everything. Drive away today.
      Get $7,500 tax credit. Profit. That's the first true "People's Car", not the Niro, Alex.

      about 3 months ago
    • Brian Kirby
      Brian Kirby In reply to A Dad Supreme

      A pure piece of Chevy crap that doesn't even compare with kia E-Niro!

      about 3 months ago
    • A Dad Supreme
      A Dad Supreme

      With the charge port in the front, that means you'll never be able to back into a charging station because the cord won't ever reach that far. I don't like that; I like backing into my garage or charging station so I can pull right out when done with my port on the side.
      That could be a nitpick but it's a turn off for me, kind of like how Tesla has the console screen off-center.

      about 3 months ago
    • John Fallows
      John Fallows In reply to A Dad Supreme

      Top tip buy a ten metre lead!!

      about 3 months ago
    • A Dad Supreme
      A Dad Supreme In reply to A Dad Supreme

      ​+J. Kevin McNary Compared to small statements from small minds like yours, nitpicking is preferred. Buh-bye.

      about 3 months ago
    • J. Kevin McNary
      J. Kevin McNary In reply to A Dad Supreme

      A Dad Supreme It's ok. Nitpicks are expected from nitwits.

      about 3 months ago