Kia Niro EV review: boot space, seating & practicality
A spacious cabin and plenty of boot space position the Niro EV as an ideal electric family car
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Size-wise, the latest Niro is slightly larger overall than its predecessor, with Kia increasing the wheelbase by 20mm in order to boost cabin and boot space – and it worked. There’s plenty of boot space on offer for family car duties, and enough room to seat people, too.
Kia Niro EV interior space, storage & comfort
Up front, the Niro’s centre console is relatively low, which prevents you feeling cocooned in the driver’s seat and gives the cabin a greater sense of space. There’s also a large storage bin under the armrest, although smaller odds and ends may end up rattling around if you chuck them in there.
Because of the floor-mounted battery, rear seating isn’t the best, as the raised floor forces taller passengers to lift their thighs from the seat bases. Still, there’s plenty of head and kneeroom to accommodate a couple of six-footers in the back. Rear occupants also get a set of air vents – but no climate controls – and a pair of USB-C ports to keep their devices topped up.
The old e-Niro boasted 451 litres of boot space, which you could expand up to 1,405 litres with the rear seats folded down. However, the Niro EV gets slightly more (475 litres to be exact) with the seats in place and slightly less (1,392 litres) when they’re folded down. At least there’s 20 litres of additional storage under the bonnet, which is ideal for the charging cables.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe new Niro EV picks up right where the e-Niro left off, adding sharper styling and intuitive infotainment to the brand’s popular electric family-car package
- 2Range, battery & chargingWhile the Niro EV’s 285-mile range is at the top of its class, it lags behind key rivals when it comes to rapid charging capabilities
- 3Running costs & insuranceKia’s standard seven-year/100,000-mile warranty is sure to provide drivers with peace of mind
- 4Performance, motor & driveOn the road, the Niro EV is a subtle evolution of the e-Niro that came before
- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentPrices for the Niro EV can quickly reach over £42,000, at which point it no longer represents best value for money
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingA spacious cabin and plenty of boot space position the Niro EV as an ideal electric family car
- 7Reliability & safety ratingKia’s performance in the 2022 Driver Power owner survey and seven-year warranty should put owners’ minds at ease