Kia Niro EV review: reliability & safety rating
Kia’s performance in the 2022 Driver Power owner survey and seven-year warranty should put owners’ minds at ease
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|4 stars (2022)||91%||84%||60%|
Kia's industry-best seven-year warranty and track record for reliability put its latest electric family car in good stead. The latest Niro has also received a four-star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash safety testing – the same as the old e-Niro – but when Kia’s DriveWise safety systems are active, that rating is upgraded to five stars.
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.
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, front collision avoidance assistance and the usual assortment of ISOFIX points and airbags throughout the cabin.
Upgrading to the higher 3 and 4 trim levels adds front parking sensors, blind-spot collision avoidance and remote parking capability which enables the car to autonomously move in and out of tight spaces. Top-spec models also come with highway driving assistance that helps maintain a set distance and speed from the vehicle in front, while also helping with lane changes.
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- 5Interior, dashboard & infotainmentPrices for the Niro EV can quickly reach over £42,000, at which point it no longer represents best value for money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 & practicalityA spacious cabin and plenty of boot space position the Niro EV as an ideal electric family car
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingKia’s performance in the 2022 Driver Power owner survey and seven-year warranty should put owners’ minds at ease