In this next part of reviewing and comparing the Niro Vs the Kona, I test the Kia Niro PHEV in full EV mode to gain an impression of what I might expect from the eNiro.

Please remember this is the UK spec which is a single trim version without some of the premium features.

In essense it is bigger all over. The Kona interior feels closer all round, surrounding you like a cockpit whereas the Niro is more spacious.

The seats are softer in the Niro but have less side support, noticeable when cornering.

The Niro interior is darker being jet black Vs the Kona's dark grey colour. There are greater number of contrasting materials and more use of softer materials and leather on the armrests in the Niro. At first sight it looks like a more luxury product but as I try the switches and stalks they're softer and slightly more flimsy. The Kona is a little less cluttered in its use of fewer materials and the switches and stalks feel more solid. It's a small difference but as you assess everything like the blue accents on the seats in the Niro, the design of the Niro is definitely busier than the Kona. The Kona has a better flow to its lines and use of materials. This is taste though and my taste isn't everyone else's.

I'd say the Kia interior is more Nissan Leaf like whereas the Kona is more like VW.

The JBL audio system was impressive. increasing volume , treble and bass to very high levels didn't distort the sound , instead the louder it was, the better it sounds.
The balance needed to be set quite far back in the rear to avoid the front speakers dominating the sound with treble and mid tones.
The Krell system by comparison needs less volume and less equaliser increases to gain best sound. The bass in the Krell system is the most impressive. The JBL lacks the punch of the Krell. Bass is not only rich and deep but crisp also.

The obvious difference is comfort. The Niro is softer sprung and rolls more in corners. The Kona feels tight and sporty. The Niro doesn't. The Niro will eat up long distances with ease and in comfort for sure.

Spec wise the eNiro seems like a Kona Premium (half SE).

The Niro's air vents, space, boot lid, centre console and CGC/PEC system are the things I wish my Kona had.


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Comments

    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle

      Updated and reloaded to correct mistake with High Beam Assist

      about 5 months ago
    • Frank Stocker
      Frank Stocker

      32,000 for a car that spins its front wheels when accelerating on a dry road. Plus the tires are very noisy. Nero & Icona both have the same problem.

      about 4 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Frank Stocker

      You just have to look at how happy Kona owners are to realise the truth.

      about 4 months ago
    • Andrew Littlejohn
      Andrew Littlejohn

      I read online today ( Auto Express ) that the UK allocation of the E-Niro has now been fully allocated and it’s now going to be sometime in 2020 before the next batch is released, also that the April delivery is now likely to be late 2019. I’ve contact my local stealership to confirm but I haven’t heard back.

      about 4 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Andrew Littlejohn

      It's going to be worse than the Kona for sure as more Konas are being built

      about 4 months ago
    • Peter Carlsen
      Peter Carlsen

      The sound is awful on this video

      about 5 months ago
    • gem10
      gem10

      Thanks for the informative video. Your comments (as in your other uploads) are balanced and reflect an honest opinion. It would be very helpful to have your comments on a recent Kona vs e-Niro comparison on YouTube - https://youtu.be/N1xOl723RxE. What do you make out from the charging graph (that is shown fleetingly)? Are you surprised by the charging speeds or efficiency difference between the two?

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to gem10

      Kia state the same charging times as Hyundai except for small differences in AC charging.
      Video didn't load. What does it show in summary?

      about 5 months ago
    • Electric cars in Norway Sweden Denmark EV
      Electric cars in Norway Sweden Denmark EV

      Check out my latest Youtube video:  Kia e-Niro EV Norway 👍 I get my car in march https://youtu.be/IStNma3QCa4

      about 5 months ago
    • Nick Bury
      Nick Bury

      A great video Nigel, I have just turned in my 30Kw leaf for a Kia Niro hybrid. Kia have an extra level of trim for hybrid, level 4, but not available for plug-in hybrid. Level 4 does include the following over the plug-in hybrid, 18” alloy wheels which give a firmer ride, keyless entry, blind spot warning, rear cross warning, sunroof, Bi-Xenon headlights, ventilated seats, driver power memory adjustable seat, heated rear seats.
      If all that lot was included with the top spec for the E Niro, it would be a wonderful car!
      My only gripe with the Kia Niro hybrid, is the foot operated parking brake. However, I suppose as an ex Leaf owner I should be used to that!

      about 5 months ago
    • Paul Mansfield
      Paul Mansfield

      It very much seems that the Niro is aimed at more mature ages, with softer wider seats, family sized car, boring looks.

      about 5 months ago
    • CabbieOO7
      CabbieOO7

      I want the E Niro

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to CabbieOO7

      Lol course you can, hope you get one

      about 5 months ago
    • CabbieOO7
      CabbieOO7 In reply to CabbieOO7

      The EV Puzzle Can’t say more but watch this space in April 🤫

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to CabbieOO7

      It'll be a long wait unless you're first in line unfortunately

      about 5 months ago
    • Sascha Rai
      Sascha Rai

      Will the UK spec First Edition be the standard, or will there likely be higher/lower trims once the car starts rolling out?

      I've seen that eNiros tested in other Countries did have things like ventilated seats and those driver assist programs you mentioned as missing.
      Same for the Krell Sound System. When Bjørn tested the eNiro in South Korea they definitely had a Krell Sound System (and it wasn't even the top spec)

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Sascha Rai

      Heard and seen nothing to indicate future models

      about 5 months ago
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      Kona and Niro the speed charging is only 77 kW max ! that is a big fail of these EV !!

      about 5 months ago
    • Con Cahill
      Con Cahill

      Thank you for going into the detail. We intend to test drive the PHEV Nero this week, as you did, as I think it will give a close enough driving experience to the eNero to show if there is anything that we really do not like, (not expecting to find anything, though, but until you try it, you never can be QUITE certain :-).

      If that goes well, then we place a pre-order!

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Con Cahill

      Best of luck. I suspect there will be delays getting a Niro as per the Kona

      about 5 months ago
    • MoveOn Motortrainingen J-P
      MoveOn Motortrainingen J-P

      The difference in noise is definately the tires. I found the Kona quiter compared to the E-niro. Also, I found that the climate system doesn`t cool all that different between the two, could the difference be explained by the E-Niro being a hybrid car? I test rode them both for about 400 kms, thanks to the dealers and next to these two also the Ioniq and the Zoe. IMHO, both Hyundai won.... and will place a deposit on the Kona! Thanks for all your videos!

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to MoveOn Motortrainingen J-P

      Thanks for the feedback. Kona is an awesome car for sure

      about 5 months ago
    • John North
      John North

      Fascinating comparison Nigel. What is very apparent is that both Hyundai and Kia have set the bar very high and it will be interesting to see if the European vendors can step up and reach the same levels of quality, usability and value. A very tough challenge that some will undoubtedly fail.

      about 5 months ago
    • TheMagdiragdag
      TheMagdiragdag

      Auto regen is part of the e-Niro and works brilliant. And in the Netherlands the e-Niro has ventilated seats on the top spec model; also blind spot warning, cross traffic alert when driving reverse but the UK version could be different. Suspension seems to be somewhat firmer on the e-Niro vs the normal Niro. So I would wait on drawing a conclusion because the e-Niro has also torque vectoring to make it more agile around the corners.
      btw: I have my e-Niro on order and it will be delivered February/March and own a Hyundai Ioniq EV atm.

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to TheMagdiragdag

      That sounds like good news

      about 5 months ago
    • abbaby555
      abbaby555

      Same cars underneath, just cine down to what style fits a person's needs.
      My wife and daughter love the Kona, while I prefer the Niro.
      We currently own a Tesla model S and are looking at a second EV with a much lower price and I doubt we'll ever see a 35k model 3

      about 5 months ago
    • maxpesh
      maxpesh

      Here is a snippet of public news that I thought I would paste here just for your info, hope this helps.......

      SK innovation

      This battery cell maker is set to start mass production of NCM 811 battery cells for electric cars in August. Previously, I thought that the Mercedes EQC electric SUV would be the first electric car to get them, but it seems that Kia Niro EV will have that honor.

      The South Korean newspaper etnews reports that while the Hyundai Kona Electric will get NCM 622 battery cells from LG Chem, the Kia Niro EV will get NCM 811 battery cells from SK innovation. While the NCM 622 cells have higher power density, the NCM 811 battery cells have higher energy density and lower cost.

      That was last August btw.

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to maxpesh

      A news article?

      about 5 months ago
    • Cloxxki
      Cloxxki

      Ask subscribers for a test drive in Norway or the like, flights are cheap!

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Cloxxki

      One day I'll visit Norway but should get a UK test in just a couple of months. Not long to wait for the first cars to arrive

      about 5 months ago
    • Ronan O'Boyle
      Ronan O'Boyle

      Great review.

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Ronan O'Boyle

      Cheers Ronan

      about 5 months ago
    • Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners
      Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners

      Cracking detailed review as always. Respect! I’m surprised you do not have more subscribers. I will be sharing this on my northwest EV owners group.

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners

      It is a great car but a compact SUV for sure

      about 5 months ago
    • Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners
      Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners In reply to Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners

      The EV Puzzle I used to test drive every EV possible on the market. I still do the odd one when I get chance. Has a test drive in the 64kwh Kona like your a few weeks ago. Really liked it indeed. Sadly not big enough for our needs really. Loved the range though and the seats.

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners

      There's a few things in edit at the moment but test drives planned are the new Ioniq this summer with its larger battery, Ipace, eNiro obviously and I'd like to look back at the i3s. Lots more potential but those are on my radar.
      UK model 3 won't be this year

      about 5 months ago
    • Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners
      Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners In reply to Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners

      The EV Puzzle what next on the agenda? Tesla Model 3 road test would be great if you can get your hands on one. I went to see the US spec display one in Manchester. What a stunning car! Just hope it comes to the UK before July this year like its being speculated.

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to Mark Gaudie Founder of Northwest England EV Owners

      Very kind Mark, thanks.
      Subscribers are growing steadily. I've only been going 9 months.
      Not everyone likes my style I guess

      about 5 months ago
    • Michael Van'iseghem
      Michael Van'iseghem

      Joke of Sunday morning.
      Hybrid? Vade retro gazoline !
      Have a nice day.

      about 5 months ago
    • bengrendon
      bengrendon

      You mention the mood lighting is this correct as i see no evidence of it in any of the spec sheets or other video reviews that i have seen. It is not a real requirement but it does give a nice ambiance.

      about 5 months ago
    • bengrendon
      bengrendon In reply to bengrendon

      @The EV Puzzle thanks must have missed that detail cheers

      about 5 months ago
    • The EV Puzzle
      The EV Puzzle In reply to bengrendon

      It was in the press pack so yes it's real. Lighting is 5 or 6 colours around the drive shift dial area, not the entire car

      about 5 months ago