Friday, August 14, 2020

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The Kia e-Niro is an electric SUV and quite staggeringly being out for a year still has a sizeable waiting list.
 
What is it that really appeals about this electric SUV?  
 
The fully electric e-Niro is powered by a 64 kW motor, one speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery which has preheating.
 
The model we had on test was the first edition however the one you can buy today is the '4'. 
 
There are 3 Kia Niro models to choose from PHEV, Self charging hybrid and the e-Niro. 
 
We had the vehicle on review for seven days, the thing that staggers you about the SUV is it has 282 mile range however if you take into the city it increases to 382 miles.
 
The 4 Edition comes with a bigger infotainment screen and LED headlamps to mention but a few, it retails for just under £35,000 with the government grant.
 
It's roomy, practical and full off premium materials as well as great tech and it produces 395nm of torque and has 201bhp meaning it is punchy.
 
It will wheelspin and it'll give you a rather engaging drive and hit 60 in 7.5 seconds, it comes with adaptive cruise control with stop-go and this smart EV will even give you tips on how to economise.
 
The regen system on the e-Niro is rather smart and you activate it using the paddles on the back of the steering wheel.
 
Similar to the system that you would change gear on a sporty car, the paddles operate the three levels of regen, on three we managed to recoup a few miles back into our battery the system works exceptionally well one thing we did notice when you got in the vehicle after say 24 hours the range had not dropped.
 
Over the course of seven days we took the Kia electric SUV to the Lake District up and down some hills looking for snow, testing its capabilities and seeing how range was affected with the cold, steep climbs and erratic driving. 
 
This is a remarkable electric vehicle, try one.
 
 
 
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