Kia e-Niro 64 kWh (2019) Guide

Kia e-Niro 64 kWh (2019) Guide

It seems appropriate to kick off this guide by highlighting the fact the Kia e-Niro 64 was voted ‘Car of The Year in 2019’ by What Car? magazine. Not ‘Electric Car of The Year’, it was voted the winner out of all cars, petrol and diesel included. The progress of EV’s in recent years has been astronomical, and the e-Niro strikes a compelling balance between affordability and performance.

Electric Range

283 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£8.96

Battery Size

64 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

18 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

yes CCS max 80kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Kia e-Niro

The e-Niro comes with a battery size of 64kWh and has an official WLTP range of 282miles. Although official range tests are notoriously unrealistic, the e-Niro can still manage over 250 miles on one charge.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 10 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 28 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £8.96.

The e-Niro has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. When plugged into a 50kW charging station, the e-Niro will charge from 20-80% in 44 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the MINI has a max DC rate of 80kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 50kW. Its max AC rate is 7.2kW, again, if you plugged into an 11kW AC charger, the battery will charge at 7.2kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 31 hours for 0-95%
  • 7.4kW = 9 hours 35 mins for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 9 hours 35 mins for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 75 mins for 0-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Kia e-Niro

Classified as a BEV, the e-Niro produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Kia e-Niro qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet.

What are people saying about the Kia e-Niro?

In addition to winning ‘Car of The Year 2019’, the e-Niro was also voted ‘Best Electric Car 2020’ by Carbuyer. Combine this with the fact that the initial production of the car sold out in the UK, leading to a rather long waiting list which has dropped from 18 months in 2019 to 6-9 months in 2020.

The popularity of the e-Niro stems from its ability to address consumers concerns when purchasing an EV. Range anxiety, high-cost prices and unusual designs aesthetics were enough to make aspiring EV owners dubious – the e-Niro address all those. With a real-world range of above 250-miles, which puts it on par with traditional motors, its affordable and comes neatly packaged in a recognisable compact design. What’s not to like?

Not much. Kia e-Niro reviews are overwhelmingly positive; its swift acceleration makes for a spirited drive around town while remaining authoritative on motorways. Excellent handling, superior noise isolation and more spacious than its Hyundai sister, the KONA. The e-Niro also takes advantage of its slightly bigger build, offering backseat comfort and a larger boot, making it ideal for families.

The interior has slightly more premium feel than the KONA, although the plastic texture lets it down in places. Nevertheless, the e-Niro comes fully equipped with one trim available in the UK, for its price its outstanding value for money.

If you’re looking for a reliable, refined, high performing SUV EV for a great price, then the e-Niro is well equipped to not only meet but exceed your requirements. Given its real-world range capabilities is on par with the likes of the Jaguar I-PACE and Tesla, for just a fraction of the price, combined with its seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, the e-Niro will undoubtedly continue to be a trailblazer for EV adoption.