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||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|28||7yrs / 100,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||£0|
You can only get the e-Niro in one trim level, but it’s got everything you could reasonably want and makes the Kia very competitive next to the Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf. Mind you, if you don't need the boot space of the e-Niro, you might want to consider the Kia Soul as it offers much the same range and equipment as the e-Niro for a usefully 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 e-Niro is also equipped with everything from part-leather heated seats and an eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav system, to adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.
Company-car drivers will also get the e-Niro at a great price. Monthly BiK for a 40% taxpayer is zero in 2020/21, and rises to only a few hundred pounds each year for the two years following.
Kia e-Niro insurance group
The Kia’s insurance group is 28, so it's slightly more expensive to insure than an equivalent petrol or diesel.
The Kia is covered by an 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 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 cushy, 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