Kia e-Niro practicality & boot space
There are roomier and more versatile diesel or petrol options, but the Kia e-Niro is a practical car and well suited to family motoring
|Length||Width||Height||Boot volume (seats up/down)|
|4,375mm||1,805mm||1,570mm (including roof rails)||451/1,405 litres|
The e-Niro makes a great family car. Its 451-litre boot is bigger than those of the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona, and it has neat underfloor cable storage to keep things tidy. There’s also plenty of space in the back seats for lanky teens to get comfortable, while the high roof and decent door apertures allow easy access if you need to lean in and belt up younger children. The 39kWh model as much space as the larger-battery version.
Kia e-Niro interior space, storage & comfort
The e-Niro is a practical car that’s easy to feel at home in. There are decent-sized door cubbies, a neat slot in the dashboard to place and charge your phone, plus two fixed cup-holders by the driver’s elbow that are neatly hidden beneath a scrolling lid and will take a large takeaway cup if you need them to. The glovebox is big enough to take the owner’s manual and still leave room for an ice scraper or other small essentials.
Those in the back seats are also well catered for, with a central armrest and plenty of leg and headroom, although a central, third passenger will feel a bit cramped for shoulder-room and the rear vents eat into legroom a bit, too.
Still, the floor is almost flat, so they don’t have to straddle a transmission tunnel. A Nissan Leaf is a bit better for rear passenger legroom, but the e-Niro is still going to be fine even for four adults on a long journey.
The e-Niro’s boot has a slightly high load lip (often an issue with electric cars due to batteries being stored in the floor), but also boasts a healthy 451-litre capacity and a floor that’s flush with the lip, concealing useful cable storage. That expands to 1,405 litres if you flip the back seats down.
It’s a fairly deep boot, and while it’s a shame that the wheelarches cut into the sides a bit, it’s still a big, usefully-shaped luggage space that’ll easily take a big buggy while leaving room for shopping. The rear seats split 60:40 and fold almost flat, leaving a slight slope but a smooth extended boot floor that makes it easy to slide in bulky items.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Kia e-Niro is our favourite electric family car. It's a great SUV with up to 282 miles of driving range, plus stacks of standard equipment
- 2Range, battery & chargingIf our experience of living with the Hyundai Kona is anything to go by, the longer-range version of the Kia e-Niro should do 260 miles in normal use
- 3Running costsThe Kia e-Niro isn’t the cheapest compact SUV by a long way, but within the electric-car class it’s great value, despite a short service interval
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceMost importantly, the e-Niro is comfortable and smooth to drive, but it also has up to 201bhp for a surprising turn of speed
- 5Interior & comfortThe Kia e-Niro is a comfortable, easy-going car with a solidly finished and user-friendly interior
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThere are roomier and more versatile diesel or petrol options, but the Kia e-Niro is a practical car and well suited to family motoring
- 7Reliability & safetyGreat standard safety kit and a seven-year warranty are standard on the Kia e-Niro, but servicing intervals are surprisingly short