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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|20-27||7yrs/100,000 miles||1yr/10,000 miles||From £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.
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.
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 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 & insurance - 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
- 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 ratingGreat 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...