2020 Kia Niro EV Review

Yes, Kia has an EV and it’s remarkably impressive — for the most part. While you’ll see the Niro EV referred to as a small crossover, it looks more like a large hatchback in person, which, to my eye, is a good thing.

The interior is spacious and decidedly feature-laden. It’s also quite comfortable. Kia could have leaned less heavily on the plastic trim though — particularly given the price point.

Still, I saw an easy 200 miles on a full charge. Moreover, in true EV fashion, Niro’s powertrain is preternaturally smooth. It also emits a barely audible high frequency whine, which helps make pedestrians aware of your approach.

You’ll need to see if the Kia is offered in your state before before you get too excited about it though. Niro is currently available in but 12 of the 50. I could tell you which ones, but hey, I gotta leave you SOMEthing to research — right? I will tell you this though; Kia is so new to the EV game, Niro’s $7,500 clean air federal tax credit is solidly in place.

Bottom line, you’ll get lots of range, a spacious and flexible interior treatment, sophisticated road manners and a $7,500 discount.

All in all, I like it.

Pricing starts at $39,090.

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