Kia e-Niro running costs
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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|20-27||7yrs / 100,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £66 / £131|
The Kia e-Niro is competitive next to 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.
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 enjoyed 0% Benefit-in-Kind on all fully electric cars during the 2020/21 financial year and this has risen to just 1% for 2021/22. 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.
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.
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.
As a zero-emissions electric car, the e-Niro is currently exempt from VED (road tax).
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 costs - currently readingThe 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 spaceThere 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