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Kia e-Niro (2018-2022) review

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Published: 06 Aug 2020
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Interior

What is it like on the inside?

As mentioned earlier, the e-Niro 4+ comes fully laden with kit as standard. On the inside that means wireless phone charging, a premium JBL sound system, leather seats and a responsive 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

We know it’s an unusual complaint these days, but is it just us or are there too many buttons in here? Maybe it’s just the layout making it seem crowded, but now and again it does take an extra second for your eye to catch the button you’re looking for. That could be put down to personal preference, though. 

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One huge mark in favour of the e-Niro is the amount of space inside. It’s a proper family car with plenty of storage spots and loads of room across the back row for three adults. Headroom is ample too – although that raised floor means longer-legged rear seat passengers aren’t able to slide their feet under the seat in front. Not a huge issue, you’ll just sit with your knees raised slightly and parents can tell grumpy teenagers that that’s how F1 drivers sit. Although on second thoughts, maybe don’t try that one. 

The boot is cavernous at 451 litres. To put that in context, the Kona makes do with just 332-litres, whilst the plug-in hybrid Niro has only 324 litres of luggage space thanks to a boot-mounted battery. There’s a neat little spot under the boot floor to hide your charging cables too. Nice touch. 

The 2 is a bit more low rent in comparison – it’s meant to be cheaper because of the smaller battery, but you also miss out on the 10.25-inch touchscreen (you’ll have to make do with just the eight inches), wireless phone charging, heated seats and wheel, and using the nifty app to keep in touch with your car from your mobile. You do still get most of the safety equipment, though, so that’s nice.  

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