The Niro EV is a versatile all-electric hatchback that boasts an impressive EPA-estimated 239-mile range. That—plus a heavy dose of practicality and creature comforts—makes it one of the most livable new EVs. Compared to the Tesla Model 3, it has a more forgiving ride, a roomier interior, and easier-to-use controls. It also feels more refined and substantial than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.
Kia Niro Electric Road Test

The Niro EV is a versatile all-electric hatchback that boasts an impressive EPA-estimated 239-mile range. That—plus a heavy dose of practicality and creature comforts—makes it one of the most livable new EVs. Compared to the Tesla Model 3, it has a more forgiving ride, a roomier interior, and easier-to-use controls. It also feels more refined and substantial than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.

The Niro EV isn’t just a pragmatic choice—it’s also an enjoyable one. Like other EVs, the Niro is quick to accelerate and scoots silently down the road. The positioning of the large battery gives the Niro EV a low center of gravity, which helps when tackling sharp corners. The all-electric drivetrain also eliminates some of the deficiencies of the Niro Hybrid, such as bumpy shifts and delays when accelerating.

Even the base version is well appointed. Every Niro EV comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and advanced safety systems such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane departure warning (LDW), blind spot warning (BSW), and rear cross traffic warning (RCTW). The EX Premium trim is costly but adds desirable extras, such as leather seats, a sunroof, and heated and cooled front seats. Buyers in chilly climates can also add a heat pump that will help keep the cabin warm without quickly draining the battery, and a battery-heating system to speed up cold-weather charging.

Best Version to Get
The base EX is well equipped, especially considering all its standard safety features. The pricey EX Premium trim adds serious upgrades like leather seating, a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power driver seat with lumbar support adjustment. Cold-climate buyers should be aware of...
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