Kia e-Niro 2020: supply boost and specification upgrade for electric SUV

Kia e-Niro electric SUV gets new 4 trim level for 2020, as supply boost promises to clear waiting list

Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro electric SUV is getting a specification upgrade and a price rise for 2020, with a new '4' trim grade replacing the previous 'First Edition'.

Key standard equipment on the e-Niro 4 includes an updated 10.25-inch touchscreen sat-nav and infotainment system, the UVO Connect Services app, LED headlights with bi-function projection, ambient lighting and a battery heating system.

The interior features black leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an electronic handbrake, automatic air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and go, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, an eight-speaker JBL stereo and DAB radio.

A full suite of safety equipment is included, too, featuring lane-following and lane-keeping assistance, forward collision avoidance and hill-start assistance, plus seven airbags.

The Niro 4's pre and post-grant prices respectively are £37,995 and £34,495 – an increase on the First Edition's £36,495 and £32,995.

Earlier in December, Kia promised that both the e-Niro and Soul EV would be supplied in greater numbers in 2020. The e-Niro – which won our Car of the Year prize for 2019 – sold out its entire allocation for that year in a matter of weeks, having gone on sale in January.

Only 900 examples of the electric SUV were set aside for the UK, and its popularity left thousands of potential customers facing lead times of 12 months or more. However, Kia said it would clear the current 3,000-strong waiting list for the car in the first six months of 2020, with new orders placed from 2 December set to be fulfilled from July 2020.

The company also hopes to fill more of the demand for electric cars with the Soul EV, the first deliveries of which are due to take place in April.