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Kia Niro EV reliability & safety rating

Kia’s performance in the 2022 Driver Power owner survey and seven-year warranty should put owners’ minds at ease

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Kia's industry-best seven-year warranty and track record for reliability put its latest electric family car in good stead. Safety should be solid, too, although we don’t know yet whether the Niro EV will match or better its predecessor’s four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating.

Kia Niro EV reliability & problems

While second-generation Niros haven’t been in the hands of owners long enough to get any reliability data or bring any problems to light, Kia’s performance in the 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey should reassure potential buyers. The South Korean brand’s XCeed hatchback was ranked the best car to own by those who took part, while the Rio supermini and Sportage SUV came in third and sixth place respectively. Kia was also the third highest-rated brand overall in the same edition of the survey.

Safety

The latest Kia Niro has yet to go through independent Euro NCAP crash-testing, but we expect it’ll either match or better the previous generation’s four-star rating. Standard safety kit on the Niro EV includes smart cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane-keeping assistance, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and front collision avoidance assistance, while higher trim levels add highway driving assistance, blind-spot collision avoidance and remote parking capability.

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