In-depth reviews

Kia Niro EV performance, motor & drive

On the road, the Niro EV is a subtle evolution of the e-Niro that came before

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Performance, motor & drive rating

3.5 out of 5

0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
7.8s104mphFront201bhp

Like the e-Niro before it, the Niro EV is far from the most exhilarating electric car you can buy, but it was never meant to be. The Niro EV instead promises simple and sensible zero-emissions motoring, with decent refinement and ride comfort that’ll make it an easy EV to live with wherever you’re driving.

Kia Niro EV 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

Every Niro EV comes with a 64.8kWh battery that feeds a single electric motor producing 201bhp and 255Nm of torque and sending power to the front wheels only. It takes a respectable 7.8 seconds to get from 0-62mph, which is slightly slower than the old e-Niro could manage. There’s still enough punch on tap to make the front tires scramble for grip if you floor it away from the lights and acceleration is brisk up to motorway speeds.

Handling

The Niro EV is smooth and quiet around town, as you’d expect, with several modes for the regenerative braking that you can adjust using paddles on the steering wheel. The strongest of those is capable of one-pedal driving, but if you’re not a fan of that, the physical brakes are much easier to modulate than they were on the previous generation. The Niro’s steering feels light, even in sport mode, so while this isn’t the most involving car to drive, it’s very easy to manoeuvre.

Hit the open road and get on the motorway, and apart from some rogue tyre noise on particularly broken tarmac, refinement is decent, with both motor and wind noise kept at bay. Ride quality is on the firm side of comfortable, which can make the car feel a little unsettled or skittish on rough roads. These surfaces translate to quite a bit of road noise, generated from the Niro’s efficiency-focused tyres.

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