Kia Niro EV 2022 review
A strong contender in an overwhelming kaleidoscope of sports hatch cross utility things in this circa pound 30 k, pound 40k price range has any of that changed with this new pure electric nero in short, no, despite this being a new platform and comprehensively updated inside and out, The nero ev still feels evolutionary rather than revolutionary, no bad thing, given that the inero was one of the best selling evs in the uk right up until it was withdrawn from sale. Earlier this year the powertrain has been carried over, so you get the same 64.8 kilowatt hours, lithium ion battery and 201 bhp electric motor that drives the front wheels. Although torque has actually been wound down from 291 pounds foot in the outgoing e nero to 188 pounds. Foot to iron out the traction issues that it was prone to charging still peaks at 76: kilowatts, meaning that you will get a 10 to 80 charge in around 40 minutes. If you plug into a ccs compatible rapid charger, offering rates of 100 kilowatts or more a full charge from a standard, seven kilowatts home charger will take under 10 hours. We sampled the nero av on a route around frankfurt in mid spec, 3 trim and on its standard 17 inches wheels, which is the wheel size of choice, given that, together with well damped suspension, they do a good job of sponging over scruffy town, roads, sure theres. A fair amount of body roll in faster corners or direction changes, but its progressive and never during and the front end still turns in with enough incisiveness.
If you want it to the steering, is virtually devoid of a sense of connection or feedback and feels rather sterile. Generally, but it is light and predictable, which makes it ideal for wheeling about town or navigating awkward car parks. Ultimately, the nero ev is not an involving or notably fun car to drive, even in sport mode, which weights up the steering, but does nothing to resolve. How disconnected it feels it does, however, hit a very happy middle ground between comfort response, refinement and confidence, which will be exactly what any nero f buyer is after the rest of the nero ev package is similarly on point for its target. Audience. Practicality has improved over the predecessor, so you now get more generous rear passenger leg and headroom enough to easily accommodate two lanky adults in the back. The boot, in the eve, is the best in the near range at 475 liters and is big enough. Even for a chunky, double buggy, its still a way off the luggage space that you get in the bigger skoda and yak 4, but itll be more than enough for the average family. Motorist and theres. Also, now a cubby in the nose of the car thats ideal for storing charging cables up front. The nero now gets an ev6 inspired dashboard, complete with twin 12.3 inches screens on mid spec 3 models and up lower spec cars, get an 8.0 inches central touch, screen apple, carplay and android. Auto are standard, although its mildly, annoying that you dont get the wireless connection that many rivals offer otherwise its one of the best systems for graphic clarity and logical menu.
Layouts sure we find the rotary and touch screen control combination of the bmw i3 more convenient, but the kias is still one of the best interfaces, given that even the base nero 2 gets adaptive. Crews, climate control, a reversing camera and alloy wheels its safe to say that the nero is well equipped, itll be mid, spec, 3 and up that most buyers go for, though, because this brings the bigger touchscreen and alloy wheels. Heated seats, front parking, sensors, upgraded upholstery and the option of a heat pump, a 900 pounds option thats worth going for if you value a decent real world touring range in winter conditions, top spec 4 brings a sunroof leather at upholstery and more theres a big butt. Coming here, though, the nero has crept up in price and is now perilously close to 40 000 pounds. If you want a nero f3 with heat pump, which is likely to be one of the most popular trims, even pcp monthly payments are expected to range from pound 500 pounds 600, depending on trim and assuming a 10 deposit. That means that you can save over 5000 pounds by settling for a top spec mg zsf or you could sacrifice a bit of equipment and go for the longer range skoda and yak 4 or even a hyundai ioniq 5.. Overall, then, the nero ev is a great blend of compact size. Decent driving range wed expect to get over 250 miles to a charge in summer pottering or more like 200 miles in winter, with a bit of motorway mileage, comfy road manners and a smart tech filled.
Spacious, interior theres, not a shadow of doubt, then that the nero ev is one of the best and most recommendable vs out there, especially in its more affordable, two and three trims. Yet prices and competition have changed great as it is. The kia is no longer the default answer to the decent value.