The Kia Niro EV gets around without gasoline, but it doesn't compromise on comfort or practicality.
Its interior is well-appointed, and its elevated seat height and roomy cargo area give the five-passenger, front-drive Niro the versatility of a small SUV.
It has a 239-mile range, which means the Niro EV will outrun some electric cars that cost tens of thousands more.
The Niro shares its electric drive with the Hyundai Kona Electric and upcoming Kia Soul EV.
Like its corporate siblings, it has a 64-kWh battery that takes about 10 hours to charge from almost empty through a 240-volt connector.
Acceleration is smooth, instant, and silent.
We think this EV is more rewarding to drive than the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro.
Kia has limited its availability initially to certain states.