Kia e-Niro reliability & safety

Great standard safety kit and a seven-year warranty are standard on the Kia e-Niro, but servicing intervals are surprisingly short

The e-Niro is hard to fault for safety, with advanced driver aids as well as seven airbags all included, while a seven-year warranty is another big bonus.

Kia e-Niro reliability & problems

It’s hard to comment on e-Niro reliability given that it’s such a new car, but evidence from the early performance of its Hyundai sibling and similar lithium-ion battery cars suggests the e-Niro will be far more reliable than diesel or petrol alternatives.

Modern lithium-ion batteries are also proving to retain their performance much better than the batteries that were fitted in the early Nissan Leaf, for instance.

So, while Kia gives no guarantees in terms of battery performance over time, evidence from the durability of other modern electric cars suggests you should still be getting at least 80% of the car’s as-new driving range even when at well past 100,000 miles and five years old.

The seven-year/100,000-mile warranty that covers the battery (for failure but not performance loss) and electric motor as well as the rest of the car is one of the best manufacturer guarantees going and should provide peace of mind.

Safety

The Kia gets seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, two ISOFIX points (one on each outer rear seat) and a front passenger airbag that’s easy to switch off in order to safely fit a rear-facing child seat in the front, should you need to.

You also get a full suite of drive aids including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control (which maintains your distance from the car in front) and a system to warn if the car senses the driver is getting tired.

It doesn’t quite get the semi-autonomous level of technology that you can add to the Nissan Leaf can offer, and it’d be good to see blind-spot warning added or offered optionally, but even so the Kia is one of the best cars in its class for standard safety equipment.