Kia e-Niro interior & comfort

The Kia e-Niro is a cushy, easy-going car with a solidly finished and user-friendly interior

The e-Niro’s interior is conventionally laid out and easy to understand, but with some interesting mood lighting, digital driver readouts and a funky rotary gear selector, it looks good as well. The standard equipment list is hard to fault, too.

Kia e-Niro dashboard

The Kia’s dashboard is easy to use, with conventional buttons for the air-conditioning controls and a high-set eight-inch touchscreen, with which you control most of the car’s other functions. Less normal-looking is the rotary gear selector that sits at the foot of the dashboard, but it’s foolproof to use and looks good.

Although there are areas where the materials feel a bit cheap and scratchy, you have to look for them, as in most areas the switches feel well damped and the surfaces are quite tactile. Overall, it’s a well judged dashboard that’s both good to look at and easy to use.

Equipment, options and accessories

The Kia e-Niro is only offered in one high-spec ‘First Edition’ trim level, and optional equipment is limited to metallic paint.

Otherwise, you get everything you could want, including heated leather seats and steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat including lumbar adjustment, climate control, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, heated folding door mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, as well as roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Of course, the ‘First Edition’ name suggests Kia will introduce a lower trim or replace this high-spec model with another trim range at some point, but the company has yet to confirm if that’s the case.

Historically, Kia’s First Edition models have been sold for around 12 months after a model’s launch. In the meantime, demand for the e-Niro at this price and spec is likely to be high – as witnessed by the huge popularity of the Hyundai Kona, so get your order in early if you want one.

Infotainment, apps and sat nav

An eight-inch touchscreen is the focal point of the e-Niro’s dashboard, and it’s one of the better systems out there. The graphics are sharp, the menus easy to figure out and – in keeping with the rest of the car – you get everything you could want as standard.

That includes sat-nav with European mapping, two USB inputs, DAB and FM radio, Bluetooth hands-free and music streaming, wireless phone charging (for compatible phones), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

An eight-speaker sound system finishes it all off. There are better systems out there to use, including Volkswagen’s and BMW’s, but the Kia system is still one of the best thanks to its straightforward interface and no-options-needed spec.