Kia e-Niro (2018-2022) reliability & safety rating
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 a relatively new car, but evidence from the early performance of its Hyundai Kona Electric sibling and similar lithium-ion battery cars suggests the e-Niro will be far more reliable than diesel or petrol alternatives.
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 at well past 100,000 miles or 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.
The Kia has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, thanks to 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 plenty of active safety kit including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control (which maintains your distance from the car in front), forward collision avoidance, hill-start assistance 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe first-generation Kia e-Niro was one of our favourite electric family cars. It's a great SUV with up to 282 miles of range, plus stacks of 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 costs & insuranceThe 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
- 4Performance, motor & driveMost importantly, the e-Niro is comfortable and smooth to drive, but it also has up to 201bhp for a surprising turn of speed
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Kia e-Niro is a comfortable, easy-going car with a solidly finished and user-friendly interior
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThere 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 & safety rating - currently readingGreat standard safety kit and a seven-year warranty are standard on the Kia e-Niro, but servicing intervals are surprisingly short
- 8Living with itThe e-Niro is a milestone electric car for its range and value, but how does it fare as a high-mileage family car? We ran one to find out...