Kia Niro EV review | Tom’s Guide

Kia Niro EV: Specs

Release Date: Available Now
Price: From $39,550, $46,495.00 as tested
Power: Single-motor front wheel drive
Horsepower: 201 HP
Battery Range: 253
Top Speed: 104 mph
Smarts: Hyundai infotainment with CarPlay and Android Automotive support

Traditionally, EVs with direct gas-powered counterparts are built on platforms that favor the petroleum-enabled vehicle. Kia recently has done something a bit different. For the latest iteration of the Niro small SUV, the Korean automaker developed the vehicle as EV first with the inclusion of a gas-engine second. It’s likely to be how future Kias (and vehicles from other automakers) are developed. 

The result is a Kia EV that straddles the new world of the Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP platform and a shared platform that still makes sure that those not ready to make the jump to EVs have a hybrid and pure-gas experience available. The Niro is a very good EV but it’s not at the level of the Kia EV6, likely because the automaker is still building a vehicle for every type of buyer. 

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