Kia e-Niro range, battery & charging

If our experience of living with the Hyundai Kona is anything to go by, the e-Niro should do 260 miles in normal use

Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Fast charge time
282 miles 64kWh 9hrs 50mins (7.2kW, 0-100%) 1hr 15mins (50kW, 0-80%)

An official figure is one thing, but more promising is that our time living with the Kona 64kWh suggests that the Kia should achieve around 250-260 miles in normal use – even including a healthy amount of motorway miles. You can also charge at any public charging point that uses Type 2 or CCS cables, as the e-Niro will take anything up to a 100kWh charge.

Kia e-Niro range

The Kia e-Niro’s headline 282-mile official range figure was achieved using WLTP – the latest, more realistic standardised efficiency test. More impressive than any lab test is that our colleagues at Auto Express have been living with a Hyundai Kona 64kWh and are seeing around 260 miles in normal use, including a healthy amount of motorway miles. You should be able to do the same in the Kia, which gets the same battery pack and platform. However you plan to use your electric car, the Kia will deliver great real-world range.

Charge time

The Kia e-Niro has a battery capacity of 64kWh. There’s no option of a smaller battery, although you can have the Niro as a plug-in hybrid if that suits your lifestyle better. Charging is as straightforward as it gets: you use a CCS or Type 2 cable that fits into a port in the car’s nose, hidden behind that a solid, vent-free panel.

The car comes with a Type 2 public charging cable and a three-pin plug for use with a domestic socket. But as with any car featuring a large-capacity battery like this, charging using the latter method will be extremely slow, with a full top-up taking nearly 30 hours.

A 7.2kW charger – like a home wallbox or public charge point – will do the same in around 10 hours, while a 50kW rapid charger (usually found at motorway services) should give you an 80% charge in an hour and 15 minutes. The e-Niro is also capable of taking a 100kW charge, which will do the same top-up in under an hour.

Battery warranty

The Kia’s battery and electric motor are both covered by the company’s impressive seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. It’s a shame that Kia doesn’t cover loss of battery capacity in that time, as Nissan and Renault do with the Leaf and ZOE.