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Kia e-Niro (2018-2022) running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

The 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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalsAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
20-277yrs/100,000 miles1yr/10,000 milesFrom £131/£263

The Kia e-Niro is competitive with the Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf and like those models there's a choice of battery sizes as well as trim levels – although on the Kia, the lower-range model is only available in the entry-level trim.

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If you don't need the boot space of the e-Niro, you might want to consider the Kia Soul EV, as it offers much the same range and equipment as the e-Niro for a lower price. Or, if money is a priority then don't discount the MG ZS EV, which is exceptional value for a decent electric family SUV. 

The entry-level e-Niro is also equipped with part-leather heated seats and an eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav system, plus adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance. Higher-spec cars get a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen, along with more range from the bigger battery.

Company-car drivers enjoy 2% Benefit-in-Kind on all fully electric cars until at least April 2024. So you'll pay a fraction of what it would cost to run even the hybrid Kia Niro as a company car if you go for the e-Niro.

Kia e-Niro insurance group

The Kia’s slightly more expensive to insure than an equivalent petrol or diesel family SUV. The 39kWh model is in group 20, then the more powerful 64kWh model is in groups 26-27 depending on trim level.

Warranty

The Kia is covered by the brand's impressive seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, and that includes the electric motor and battery. Paint is covered for five years.

Servicing

The Kia requires servicing every 12 months or 10,000 miles, which is a shame, as many rivals have longer servicing intervals; the Nissan Leaf only needs attention every 18,000 miles, for example. Kia routinely offers competitive servicing deals, including fixed-price plans that can cover all of the car’s obligatory servicing requirements up to five years.

Road tax

As a zero-emissions electric car, the e-Niro is currently exempt from VED (road tax).

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