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Kia expands e-Niro line-up with two new lower-cost options

26th Jun 2020 Danny Morgan


Kia is adding two more affordable models to the e-Niro range in the form of the ‘2’ and ‘3’, with prices starting from £29,595 after the plug-in car grant.

The Kia e-Niro has been an extremely popular choice despite it’s relatively high starting price given the only model available in the UK this year was the flagship ‘4+’ model.

Now the Kia e-Niro ‘2’ and ‘3’ models will join the line-up as more affordable options, alongside the top-spec ‘4+’.

What’s new?

Two new models, one smaller battery

The Kia e-Niro 2 uses a smaller 39kWh battery pack and will be capable of 180 miles on a single charge, although the WLTP rated range on a city cycle is 251 miles.

This is joined by a 100kW electric motor for 395Nm of torque and a respectable 0-60mph time of 9.5 seconds. The e-Niro 2 price starts from £29,595 after the Government plug-in car grant.

The new e-Niro 3 retains the larger 64kWh battery pack and Kia says it can drive for 282 miles on a single charge, while the WLTP city cycle suggests a range of 382 miles.

It has a more powerful motor too at 150kW, providing 395Nm of torque and a 0-60mph time of 7.5 seconds.

High-spec trim

The smaller battery on the 2 is the main factor in the lower price as it looks like the fancier features and premium interior is mostly sticking around for all models.

The e-Niro gets the same 7-inch digital display cluster available on the other two models, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 7-inch touchscreen in the centre console.

The 2 gets black cloth and leather seats, leather trimmed steering wheel and door armrests.

If you’ve been in any Kia e-Niro then you won’t notice a huge amount of cutbacks, although there are subtle differences.

Although this one still has the all-important lumbar support.

If you upgrade to the e-Niro 3 then you’ll get full leather seats, 8-way electronic adjustments for the driver, heated front seat and steering wheel, as well as wireless mobile phone charging pad.

You also get a bigger infotainment screen, which is 10.25-inches instead of eight and the sat-nav has built-in TomTom Live updates.

 

Go for the e-Niro 4+ and you’ll get a one-touch tilting and sliding sunroof and memory function for the seats so they automatically select your custom seating position.

There are also heated and ventilated seats in the front and heated seats in the rear, while the sound system also gets a boost thanks to the 8-speaker JBL system.

Charging

On the charging front, you can expect the Kia e-Niro 2 to be quickest when charging with a standard 7.4kW home charge point because it has the smallest battery.

The 64kWh e-Niro 3 will take around 10 hours to charge from empty to full, although you will almost always simply “top-up” the battery, so expect this to be much quicker.

The top-spec 4+ edition gets 11kW three-phase AC charging as standard. So, if you have access to a three-phase charging point at your property or via a public charger then you will get a faster charge.

In terms of rapid charging, all three models are capable of up to 100kW DC with an 80% charge taking about 54 minutes.

 

Prices for the e-Niro 2 start from £29,595; the 3 from £33,850; and the 4+ from £36,145. All prices are after the Government plug-in car grant.

 

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